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  • Culturally
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    Since 1985 EEIS has provided engineering services for a variety of culturally relevant projects throughout Alaska, ranging from low-income housing to multipurpose community facilities.
  • Culturally
    Relevant






    Since 1985 EEIS has provided engineering services for a variety of culturally relevant projects throughout Alaska, ranging from low-income housing to multipurpose community facilities.
  • Culturally
    Relevant






    Since 1985 EEIS has provided engineering services for a variety of culturally relevant projects throughout Alaska, ranging from low-income housing to multipurpose community facilities.

Kwaan Office Building, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS Consulting Engineers, Inc. (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 a cultural center 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. The first-floor office space housed a 1,200-square-foot cultural center that provided a place to house artifacts and other items of cultural interest until the collection justifies a larger space. 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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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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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 the 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. A mudsill foundation was used where the ground is frozen, but relatively ice free. It 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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Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Dental Clinic, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design and civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering. An existing office space in the Kwaan Office Building, designed 10 years earlier by EEIS, was converted into a dental office with two chairs, a lab, and support spaces. To minimize demolition of the existing concrete slab on grade, a raised floor was installed in the operatory areas. Because the space was required to be accessible, the floor plan had to include space for a ramp. Small portions of the slab had to be removed, and new interior dividing walls were installed. Other additions included new floor, wall and ceiling finishes, and lighting and plumbing fixtures throughout the building. In addition to designing the office conversion, EEIS worked with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on the layout of the dental stations.

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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. EEIS was the prime consultant providing 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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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 handicapped 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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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.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Prototype Clinics – Site Adaptation, Multiple Villages, Alaska

As a subcontractor to the Architect, Livingston Slone, Inc., EEIS provided structural engineering for 3,200-square-foot prototype health clinics for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The clinics were constructed at various villages statewide in Alaska, starting at Kasigluk, Kipnuk, and Kotnik. The wood-framed, single-story clinics were constructed using structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the exterior walls and roof. The exterior walls of the building were supported by glulam beams (GLBs) attached to 8-inch-diameter pipe piles embedded 30 feet into the tundra. The GLBs were attached to the piles with fabricated steel beam saddles. Open web floor joists attached to the GLBs supported the plywood floor. Two landings and stairs were constructed and framed with treated lumber and gripstrut decking. An accessible ramp was also constructed and attached to the entry landing to meet and conform with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards.

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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 consisted of 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.

Togiak Multipurpose Building, Togiak, Alaska

EEIS was contracted to create as-built drawings of the existing Multipurpose Building and design a new permanent wood foundation for the building. EEIS provided calculations and drawings of the new foundation and for the floor plans where changes were required. These changes included additional rooms, a new entry deck and vestibule, and the installation of new glulam beam where existing load bearing walls were demolished.

Kwaan Lodge, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS provided conceptual design services for the Kwaan Lodge, a proposed Class A hotel in Yakutat. As conceived, the building contained 60 guest rooms, a dining room, cocktail lounge, restaurant, conference and meeting rooms, a gift shop, and about 5,000 square feet of rental retail space. The building architecture featured Tlingit figures on the exterior consistent with the traditional Tlingit Longhouse.

Kwaan Visitors Village Conceptual Design, Yakutat, Alaska

EEIS prepared a conceptual design for development of a Visitors Village envisioned to include more than 25,000 square feet of rental retail area located near the Yak-Tat Kwaan dock. The concept called for enlarging the existing dock with two new sections to establish a waterfront atmosphere and support 17 individual buildings. Six or more of these buildings would house fishing charter and water-based sightseeing businesses. The remaining buildings on the dock would be available for lease to operate small restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, and other retail operations that would provide visitor attractions and services.


The village would also include a visitor orientation services facility, a heat plant for power generation, a passenger loading platform for the Yakutat and Southern railroad, an 80-foot-diameter exhibition pavilion to host cultural exhibits and events, and an administration building. The architecture would consist of a mix of turn-of-the century waterfront buildings and Tlingit-influenced features. Wooden boardwalks would provide accessibility to all parts of the Visitors Village. The layout would allow for future site expansion.

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Village Housing Evaluations, Goodnews Bay, Maokaotak, and Togiak, Alasks

Client: Bristol Environmental and Engineering Services Corporation

EEIS was hired to evaluate new housing after it had been in service for a year to address issues that had come up the previous year. In general, the houses had performed well. Attic vents needed to have filter fabric put on them to reduce wind speed and snow drifting into the attics. The heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) needed preheat coils so that the air they brought in was not too cold and caused the occupants to plug them up or turn them off.

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Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Community Center and Clinic, Yakutat, Alaska

Client: Bristol Environmental and Engineering Services Corporation

EEIS provided a conceptual design for the Yakutat Community Center and Clinic for the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe. The concept behind the Community Center and Clinic was to combine the resources of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, the Yak Tat Kwaan Corporation, and the City and Borough of Yakutat to build a Community Center that would house many of the major functions of the community.


EEIS provided a conceptual design for the Yakutat Community Center and Clinic for the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe. The concept behind the Community Center and Clinic was to combine the resources of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, Yak-Tat Kwaan corporation, and the City and Borough of Yakutat to build a Community Center that would house many of the major functions of the community.


The 33,000-square-foot building was to be heavy timber and wood-framed construction featuring old growth Douglas fir and cedar logs supporting the structure in the lobby. The building would have been two stories with YTT and Yak-Tat Kwaan offices (4,521 square feet and 1,600 square feet, respectively) on the second floor, the Yakutat Clinic (12,260 square feet) on two floors, and City and Borough of Yakutat offices (3,000 square feet) and 1,400 square feet of leasable space on the first floor.

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