Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center

Anchorage, Alaska

Project Size:

215,000 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2008

Associate Architect:

RIM Architects

Selected Awards

2010 AIA Alaska Chapter

Merit Award

2010 Design Build Institute of America

Design-Build Merit Award

The center’s design capitalizes on and accentuates the dramatic quality of light unique to Alaska—where the duration, intensity and color of daylight varies not only from season to season, but also from day to day. Light is introduced into the major public spaces through a variety of direct and indirect sources.

The major public lobbies are oriented toward city, water and mountain views. Clerestory windows above the roofline reflect indirect light into these spaces. Tall windows with vividly painted surrounds provide natural illumination for the 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall on the first level.

The 25,000 SF ballroom is approached through a large pre-function area immersed in the experience of daylight and inspiring views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains. The ballroom itself incorporates a series of large roof monitors and windows that capture a full spectrum of direct and indirect daylight, fully controllable with automatic shading devices. The wall surfaces extend the sense of luminosity with a metallic “shimmer screen”, comprised of multiple strings of stainless steel bead chains, integrating refracted light with the materiality of the space.