U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Anchorage VA Outpatient Clinic & Regional Office Building

Description

New supportive services have helped address critical challenges facing returning military veterans. To accommodate growing demand and to consolidate clinical and administrative zones, the VA commissioned SmithGroupJJR in association with Anchorage design architect Livingstone Slone to plan and design this hybrid facility for clinical and specialty services.

The two-story solution locates most clinical services on the first floor, including primary care, behavioral health, day surgery suite, imaging, and a pharmacy; specialty clinics for audiology, dental, and physical therapy occupy the second floor. The exterior of glass window wall, composite zinc-and-wood panels, and concrete masonry projects a sturdy, warm and visually welcoming image. A two-story, light-filled lobby features rich stone and wood under a tree-form roof structure, recalling natural forms.

Insulated against the cold climate, the extensive glazing is a way to communicate openness and transparency, helping patients navigate the building and making a strong connection to the land with dramatic mountain views. During short winter days, the glass also makes the most of precious daylight.