K+A was selected to design a 2,690 S.F. new office building for the Legend’s Dental Clinic in Soldotna, finishing with a construction cost of roughly $580,000. This building serves as an upgraded facility from their previous office located in the Kim Professional Building, also designed by K+A. In designing their new building, we sought to effectively address any underlying issues with their previous office space by thoroughly communicating with the Owner to identify any areas needing improvement. In addition to creating a more functional space to perform their daily operations, they also desired to have a comforting environment in which their patients could feel relaxed and enjoy their visit to the Dentist’s office.
An important element of our design included making daily routines by staff members more efficient through well-thought placement of structural elements along with the essential dental equipment. By making the overall space more open and fluid, we allowed for ease of traffic flow through various exam rooms to accommodate the movement of both staff members and patients. We focused on utilizing warm and inviting colors as well as a variety of textures in our materials to draw attention to the details. The use of well-placed and eye catching artwork, along with large open windows and high quality materials creates a visually enticing space that leaves a strong impression in the mind of anyone who steps foot in their front door.
Chistochina Health Clinic
Chistochina Health Clinic and Office Building, also known as Kelt’aeni Clinic, houses the tribe’s community programs and health clinic. It is a 5,142 S.F. facility with a trauma exam room, two exam rooms, a specialty room, dental exam room, lab, office spaces, a cultural education room, media room, counseling rooms, and a conference area. This facility was constructed for 2 million dollars. The building incorporates a large amount of glazing on the southern side of the building to maximize day lighting in the building. Interior windows transfer daylight from the perimeter rooms to the interior corridors. The community desired a large gathering space which was accommodated with an operable partition that opens between the break room and conference space. K+A visited the village to get a sense of the community through tours and time with the people. Two key features integrated into the design to reflect the community culture are river stone planters and a large waiting area. The people of Chistochina gather river stones, from the locally loved and respected Chistochina River, to help build planters on the south side of the building. Here the community can garden together and come see their piece/ stone set in the building history of Chistochina. The large waiting area will help accommodate the elders that like to visit, sometimes daily, with the staff and tell stories. We have also designed areas such as the waiting room to display local art and photography.
Peninsula Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
Owners of Peninsula Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic assigned K+A the task of designing a building for their practice that had a residential feel to it. K+A’s solution was a two-story 3,144 sf. clinic including 4 exams, a laboratory, 3 offices, break room, and a 2 car garage for the owners. Located between a public park and senior center the building exterior is weathered wood stained cedar lap siding above a stone wainscot that harkens to its coastal proximity of the Kenai River mouth.
Interior spaces incorporate rich mahogany wood finishes with abundant natural lighting. A salt water aquarium feature separates the reception area from a children’s play area. Glimpses of the Kenai and Alaskan Mountain ranges are provided from critically placed fenestration. Roof lines reflect the area’s mountains and adjacent Kenai River bluff line.
Kenai Health Center
This 11,829 sf. health care center houses State Health offices and a Kenai presence for Central Peninsula Hospital. K+A successfully completed this assignment with a limited budget, short schedule and on a constricted site in the center of Kenai. The building is owned and maintained by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and design committee participants included doctors, nurses, hospital board members and Borough representatives. K+A was able to build consensus within this large committee structure resulting in Kenai’s premier health care facility.
Programming included special attention to flexibility for future needs/health care delivery trends, tele-med, tele-care and traveling doctors. The State Health space provided for community health conferences, health education programs and facilitates children immunization clinics. Central Peninsula Hospital’s space includes mammography, sonogram, X-Ray and lab services with space for visiting specialists.
K+A considered the high public traffic on adjacent properties and chose to carefully integrate the Health Center into the site, keeping large native trees to buffer the center from the neighboring commercial buildings. The design provides a sense of privacy for the patient’s security and comfort. Exterior materials were selected for durability and low maintenance.
Peninsula Community Health Center
K+A worked with a 12 person design committee consisting of doctors, nurses, and practitioners that served as the collective voice, to design the health center in a short six month time frame. This 31,142 square foot facility houses Peninsula Community Health Services and Central Peninsula Counseling Services. The facility reflects a holistic health care model, providing a single destination for patients to receive primary and mental healthcare. Digital record keeping systems were incorporated in the design with multiple servers located in an air controlled hub area. Security and privacy were of primary concern in the design. Electronic sensing door locksets and HIPPA privacy compliant solutions were incorporated. A central open floor plan was utilized to facility staff in the clinical area with doctor alcoves strategically located along exam room access areas. A private entrance away from the main entry into the doctor office area was provided to address quick exit for hospital calls.
Services included programming, building design, landscape design, interior design and FF&E selections. K+A through very conservative designing was able to bring this project in under difficult funding restraints, while maintaining high quality durable interior and exterior materials. A statement of qualifications with a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) approach was used to solicit General Contractors. The successful Contractor came in under budget and work was completed with less than 0.7% of the construction cost in charge orders!