Monthly Archives: October 2013

dig afognak mess hall

dig afognak

dig afognak mess hall

the building is designed with the idea to harvest most of the materials from the site. the structural members are made up of small scale lumber cut from the site by the community.

the building is made up of truss-frames at 10′ on center. the frames can be assembled on site and put up with local workforce. 2x wall framing is initially exposed on the interior, making the wood visible inside and out.  if desired the walls can be insulated and cladded at a later date. wooden floors are rough sawn slabs and will wear to a smooth finish over time. in the center of the mess hall is a masonry heater made up of local rock for thermal storage of wood heat. the hot water will be pre-heated with a heat exchanger from the masonry heater.

a renewable wood shed is located close to the lake for better solar access. some of the electrical power will be supplied by solar photovoltaic panels. the solar pv panels are located on the roof of the shed and provide a space to dry the wood to fuel the masonry heater. a wind turbine is mounted near the beach for electric power generation.

project was designed summer 2012 for the foraker group pre-development program and is looking for funding of construction.

dig afognak

akutan daycare center

akutan day care

akutan, ak 99553

aerial view of our new akutan day care center. the volcanic island of akutan is 766 air miles southwest from anchorage. this is the first daycare facility for this small island community.  the two classrooms face akutan bay with spectacular views across the body of water. the second story features a two bedroom apartment.

design team: mayer sattler-smith – architect, jernstrom engineering, eic electrical, arete structural