the new visitor facility for the happy trails kennels in big lake is the home of four time iditarod champion martin buser and family. the visitor center is going to be ready for operation with the start of the 2014 summer tour season.
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.
next week i will be visiting with MDes students at the harvard university graduate school of design in the risk and resilience program. i will present an update of the adf relocate project. the bbc london was asking if the residence of kivalina will be the first climate refugees in north america. see the article by bbc here.
anchorage youngest non-profit the anchorage community works is getting off the ground on ship creek avenue after a successful kickstarter campaign. the goal is to offer a space for any creative work and encourage collaboration across many disciplines. it might also be the location where you can enjoy your favorite band play or sign up for a workshop to get know-how on your topic of choice.
please consider your support by checking out the facility or programs or donate to the campaign (i am sure they will still accept your help, even the kickstarter has ended…)