“ . . . respect that they tried to integrate climate with the use of color . . . even in Alaska, it has interior/exterior relationship . . . images of elevation show the merits of this new design . . .”
The Wood Center Expansion project is the first renovation/addition to a student life facility at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) since the center was built in 1972. The old dining facility was out of date and no longer met the needs of UAF’s students. The university outgrew the general office area and was in desperate need of a face-lift. By adding the dining hall to the student union and renovating the general office area, this project not only completes the student union, but also offers a place where faculty and students can socialize together. The project particularly encourages 1st and 2nd year student retention. From the vibrant colors influenced by the Northern Lights to the neutrals that blend with the environment, every detail was inspired by the Alaskan context, resulting in a colorful, vibrant beating heart of the campus.
Perkins+Will; Ghemm Company; Design Alaska; Dowl HKM; KPFF Consulting Engineers; Morrison Hershfield; The Greenbusch Group; Stafford Design Group; Kevin Smith; National Development Council; Lorig Associates