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  • Commercial and
    Institutional Buildings




    EEIS has provided successful engineering, planning, and design for commercial and institutional building projects throughout rural and urban Alaska.
  • Commercial and
    Institutional Buildings





    EEIS has provided successful engineering, planning, and design for commercial and institutional building projects throughout rural and urban Alaska.
  • Commercial and
    Institutional Buildings





    EEIS has provided successful engineering, planning, and design for commercial and institutional building projects throughout rural and urban Alaska.

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill Restaurant, Anchorage, Alaska

EEIS Consulting Engineers, Inc. (EEIS) was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The owner hired EEIS to “Alaskanize” a prototype restaurant design for the 10,000-square-foot building with a 400-person seating capacity. EEIS modified the design of the new restaurant to fit the site, be climate appropriate, and comply with Municipality of Anchorage building codes.


The modified design included arctic entry vestibules, radiant floor heat, an upgraded roof, and mechanical/electrical systems. Additional space was added to the dining and food storage areas. The structural systems were upgraded to resist earthquakes and snow loads common in Alaska. Heat trace was added to the roof and gutter systems. Lift stations were installed to move water coming off the roof to drainage ditches along each side of the property. EEIS also provided engineering support and special inspections during construction.


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Cordova Electric Building Assessment, Cordova, Alaska

The Native Village of Eyak was considering alternatives for upgrading their health clinic. Purchasing their lease space and improving it was the option considered in this project. EEIS assembled a team of design professionals to assess the existing building, make written recommendations for repair, and estimate the cost of the project. The team included architectural, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, abatement, and estimating disciplines. The professional team flew from Anchorage to Cordova to assess and measure the building during two snowy days in January. After the site visit, EEIS produced a 290-page written report and a 16-page drawing set. The report included a professionally prepared cost estimate.


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Ruby Multipurpose Facility, Ruby, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The project provided a 2,120-square-foot multipurpose building that housed several community services offices, a youth activities room, a kitchen, and a distance learning room. The building was a single-story, wood-framed structure featuring structured insulated panels (SIPs) for the exterior walls. It was supported on a mudsill foundation, which is a modified version of the traditional post-and-pad foundation. Used where the ground is frozen, but relatively ice free, a mudsill foundation offers the advantage of lowering the floor relative to the ground when the facility needs to be accessible.

Because the project budget was limited, a balance between cost, size, and energy efficiency had to be maintained. EEIS has found the use of SIPs with interior studs and rigid insulation is a reasonable compromise. An R-value of 49 was achieved with space in the studs to run electrical and communications wiring. The roof was insulated to R-70, and the floor insulation was R-38. The mechanical system was boiler based with circulated glycol. The boiler system was designed to accommodate the addition of a biomass boiler in the future. Motion detectors controlled the LED lighting system.


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Low-Income Housing, Anchorage, Alaska

EEIS volunteered engineering time for the structural design of low-income housing units. One project was the design of single-story, 50-foot by 26-foot, wood-framed houses with four bedrooms and one and one-half baths. The houses were designed for gravity and lateral loads under the new 2000 International Residential Code. Design tasks included sizing joists and shear walls, designing their connections, analyzing for structural stability, and verifying code compliance. EEIS worked with RIM Architects and the Municipality of Anchorage Building Permit Center.

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Northridge Apartments, Anchorage, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. This project consisted of two 5,700-square-foot, six-unit apartment buildings on conventional foundations over crawl spaces. The buildings included freestanding carports and a common boiler room. The crawl spaces were connected by a large corrugated metal pipe used as a utilidor for the utilities. The project was a challenge because every inch of the site was used; there literally was not a square inch to spare.

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Low Income Housing – Sunrise Apartments, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. To address a chronic shortage of rental housing units in the village, the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe (YTT) initiated the design of 20 apartment units in two buildings. Final design and construction of this project was completed by the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA). EEIS worked with YTT and THRHA to accommodate local needs and efficiently develop the narrow, sloping site. The project site required complete site development, including a major extension of municipal water and sewer lines, and the construction of a new municipal lift station and access road. A new playground was included in the site design.

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Kwaan Office Building/Clinic, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The medical clinic in the village of Yakutat was located in a small basement office. The space was poorly ventilated and lacked space for expansion to service the growing number of patients. The local village corporation had an unfinished building that they wished to develop. This project involved adapting an existing 10,000-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building into a medical clinic and tribal office space on the first floor and commercial office space on the second floor.


EEIS worked with the village corporation to develop a program that would allow the building to house the clinic and new office space. The result was a modern, fully equipped, 3,000-square-foot clinic and 7,000 square feet of office space on two floors. Traditional Tlingit symbols were used to decorate the common areas of the building. The mechanical system used oil-fired boilers driving perimeter baseboard heat and a central air handling unit.


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Dot Lake Washeteria, Dot Lake, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering for a 1,600-square-foot washeteria. The building was covered with metal siding and roofing to minimize maintenance. The fully handicap-accessible facility consisted of two shower rooms, two toilet rooms, six washers, and three dryers. The facility also housed a large boiler room with four boilers. In addition to providing hot water and heating to the washeteria, the boilers provided the hot water to heat most of the Bureau of Indian Affairs houses in the village. Interior finishes were modest but durable. The concrete floor was finished smooth, hardened, and sealed. The walls of the bathrooms and shower rooms were covered with fiberglass reinforced panels (FRPs). An innovative lint removal system collected lint in the wash water and prevented it from plugging the community leach field.

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Ekwok Clinic, Ekwok, Alaska

For this project, EEIS designed a very small (1,000 square feet) clinic constructed by the Ekwok Village Council and operated by the Norton Sound Health Corporation. As prime consultant, EEIS provided architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The clinic contained a small reception area, doctor/health aide office, three exam rooms, a bathroom, storage room, and mechanical room. The clinic was constructed to meet public health service standards for small village clinics. The one-story, wood-framed structure had a metal roof, vinyl siding, and a post-and-pad foundation.

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YKI Fisheries Processing Facility, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The project consisted of repurposing a 20-year-old facility built in the 1970s to support off-shore drilling exploration into a fish processing facility. An existing 7,200-square-foot warehouse was refurbished and modified to house the fish processing line. A wing was added to the process building to house three blast freezers. An employee lunchroom, locker room and storage were added on the other side of the process building. Additional new construction consisted of a 1,100-square-foot icehouse, a sewage lift station to connect the facility to the City and Borough of Yakutat’s municipal sewage system, and an offal sump and grinding station to dispose of fish waste. Site improvements included water and sewer lines, the offshore offal discharge line, regrading of the areas around the building, concrete work pads around the fish processing building, and improvements to the existing dock.

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Nova Office Modifications, Anchorage, Alaska

The reconstruction of C Street by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities provided a northbound right-turn bay from Dimond Boulevard. This feature required an eminent domain right-of-way take from the Nova Property Management lot at 8340 Rainy Place. Nova had to sell the land, but they wanted to keep their building. The project purpose was to save the building by cutting 15 feet off the south end of the property. EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering.


Although the project involved only about 775 square feet of demolition, EEIS had to analyze the remaining 4,065-square-foot building for wind and seismic loads. The end wall that was demolished was both a bearing and shear wall, and the new end wall had to be designed accordingly. Because the main doors had been near that end of the building, a new egress code study and a new emergency exiting plan were required to be developed. EEIS prepared record drawings of the structure, performed a lateral analysis of the building, and designed a new foundation and building end wall. Special inspection services were provided during construction.

Benson Building Modifications, Anchorage, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The new owners of an existing three-story, 22,000-square-foot office building, which formerly housed a credit union, required extensive renovation of the building interior to satisfy their needs. New amenities provided an additional 2,000 square feet of building space, a reception area, bathrooms, and office spaces on the first floor. Carpet and vinyl on the upper floors and the roof were replaced. EEIS also provided landscaping design.

Dimond Auto Repair Addition, Anchorage, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering for the addition to an auto repair building. The existing facility, which EEIS had designed several years earlier, was doubled in size to 5,500 square feet. The addition was 10 feet deeper than the original building and had a higher eave height to accommodate motor homes and largetrucks. The building was founded on a conventional spread footing foundation with a concrete slab-on-grade floor.

Bush-Tell Headquarters Building, Aniak, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. Bush-Tell, a provider of telephone service for Aniak and surrounding villages, hired EEIS to design a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building to house offices, equipment rooms, emergency generator, vehicle garages, maintenance shops, and storage. The wood-framed building was built on shallow concrete footings.

Transitional Alcohol Hostel Facility, Kanakanak, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. The Transitional Alcohol Hostel Facility was one of the first self-determination projects in Alaska. The Kanakanak Hospital took over the responsibility for design and construction of the facility from the Indian Health Service. The 6,500-square-foot facility was designed to house both counseling and administrative services in one wing and double-occupancy rooms in two other wings. Common living and cooking areas were located between the wings. The wood-framed building had a crawl space and a conventional spread footing foundation. Vinyl siding and a metal roof were used to minimize exterior maintenance. Low-cost but durable finishes were used on the interior of the building. The building had perimeter baseboard heat. Locating the air handling system in the crawl space saved space for operations on the main floor. The use of pre-engineered roof trusses and TJI floor joists simplified and speeded construction.

Food Services of America Distribution Center, Anchorage, Alaska

This project consisted of modification and renovation of an existing warehouse building into a modern receiving and distribution center. EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design; civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering; and landscaping design. Forty-foot vans of produce and other food products were received at this facility, broken down, and re-packaged for delivery to restaurants. A loading dock with seven bays was added to the existing building. Inside, two large coolers were added and the upper floor was remodeled into office space. Outside elements included design of a large pull-off, maneuvering, and parking area for the 40-foot vans behind the loading dock; additional employee parking; and site landscaping.


As a fast-track project, the design required great attention to detail and overall logistical planning. Only 7 months after beginning design, EEIS obtained a Certificate of Occupancy for the facility. EEIS also acted as the liaison between the contractor and the Municipality of Anchorage. EEIS handled the application for the building permit and obtained structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, and Alaska State Fire Marshal approvals. Management and execution of the permitting process by EEIS saved several weeks for the contractor, which was able to proceed with mobilization and gathering bids during that time.

New Stuyahok General Store, New Stuyahok, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. This project designed a 3,200-square-foot, one-story, wood-framed store on a post-and-pad foundation. Because the soils were good and there was no permafrost in the area, a perimeter skirt wall constructed with pressure-treated wood was installed around the building to form a heated crawl space.

Cordova Center, Anchorage, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. This project remedied ventilation problems in the building. A four-story building originally constructed as condominiums or apartments had been converted into a halfway facility that housed several hundred people. The population overloaded the existing ventilation systems and caused high levels of humidity in the facility. Building deficiencies included many improperly sealed penetrations from the building interior into the attic and roof cavity ventilation insufficient to vent the humid air that leaked into it. In winter, moisture in the air condensed and froze in the roof cavity. During warm spells, the ice melted and caused massive leaks into the building. To solve these issues, EEIS designed additional ventilation for the roof cavity, sealed the roof cavity from the upper floors, and provided new powerful exhaust fans for the kitchens and baths.

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Choggiung Center Renovation and As-Builts, Dillingham, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. This project involved renovation of 4,000 square feet of existing restaurant and bar for conversion into commercial lease space. EEIS also provided as-built drawings of this portion of the building to document the many changes since construction. The renovation included a new building entrance and design of a handicap-accessible ramp. The new bathrooms and offices were also designed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

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