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Anchorage Museum Expansion

The Anchorage Museum is the cultural cornerstone of our community and provides stewardship of Alaska’s cultural heritage, community social space, and education and outreach. The Museum’s expansion project provides a much needed 30,000 SF addition to add room for the Gallery of the North collections, temporary gallery, patrons lounge, administrative offices, and informal galleries that [...]

The Anchorage Museum is the cultural cornerstone of our community and provides stewardship of Alaska’s cultural heritage, community social space, and education and outreach. The Museum’s expansion project provides a much needed 30,000 SF addition to add room for the Gallery of the North collections, temporary gallery, patrons lounge, administrative offices, and informal galleries that all connect to the recently remodeled atrium. The expansion also adds area to the hands-on Imaginarium Discovery Center.

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ANTHC Childcare & Education Center

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Childcare and Education Center will be a 3-story, 50,000 SF building on the Alaska Native Medical Campus. MCG’s design team collaborated with the Owner and ANTHC’s stakeholders, staff, and users through a series of workshops to identify and integrate the building design with ANTHC’s culture and mission. The project will [...]

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Childcare and Education Center will be a 3-story, 50,000 SF building on the Alaska Native Medical Campus. MCG’s design team collaborated with the Owner and ANTHC’s stakeholders, staff, and users through a series of workshops to identify and integrate the building design with ANTHC’s culture and mission. The project will provide training and instruction to support statewide, national, and international health care programs for remote and rural communities and will house multiple education services. 

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RurAL CAP Safe Harbor Village

Safe Harbor Inn, once housed in the former Ramada Inn, is a rental development that provides supportive housing for low-income or special needs individuals and families. The success of Safe Harbor Inn’s program has created the need for additional space, which will be gained by replacing the How-How Restaurant with additional living units.  This revitalization project [...]

Safe Harbor Inn, once housed in the former Ramada Inn, is a rental development that provides supportive housing for low-income or special needs individuals and families. The success of Safe Harbor Inn’s program has created the need for additional space, which will be gained by replacing the How-How Restaurant with additional living units. 

This revitalization project will participate in the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, which requires that projects meet a series of performance standards to show the building operates as cleanly, beautifully, and efficiently as nature does.

In joining the Living Building Challenge, RurAL CAP seeks to minimize the facility’s impact on the surrounding environment while bringing comfort and amenities to guests. 

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Planet Walk

How do you help people understand the scope of the universe and Earth’s place in our solar system? That was the question pondered by amateur astronomer and high school student Eli Menaker, who proposed a walking tour of the solar system, scaled to fit the sidewalks and trails of Anchorage. Starting at the sun designed [...]

How do you help people understand the scope of the universe and Earth’s place in our solar system? That was the question pondered by amateur astronomer and high school student Eli Menaker, who proposed a walking tour of the solar system, scaled to fit the sidewalks and trails of Anchorage.

Starting at the sun designed by MCG, a 12-foot half dome clad in handmade ceramic tile, in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the walk continued along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

The sun’s vibrant yellow tile and the surrounding off-street open space, punctuated by electronic information screens, served as a public gathering space and iconic landmark at the center downtown.

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William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery

The hatchery was the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America and housed more than 100 fish rearing tanks for salmon, trout, char and grayling. The innovative design uses approximately 5% of the fresh water volume and 5% of the energy required in a conventional hatchery. It is the winner of several awards and [...]

The hatchery was the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America and housed more than 100 fish rearing tanks for salmon, trout, char and grayling.

The innovative design uses approximately 5% of the fresh water volume and 5% of the energy required in a conventional hatchery. It is the winner of several awards and received the first Envision Gold award from the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure.

Playful art by Alaskan artist Ray Troll, appropriately highlights the importance of fish to Alaska’s culture and economy.

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Tanalian K-12 School

The design for this comprehensive addition/renovation project in the remote location of Port Alsworth began in 2012. The project included additions on three sides of the school that more than doubled the total stage. The community was very engaged in the design and MCG worked closely with them to help provide a school that best [...]

The design for this comprehensive addition/renovation project in the remote location of Port Alsworth began in 2012. The project included additions on three sides of the school that more than doubled the total stage.

The community was very engaged in the design and MCG worked closely with them to help provide a school that best fit both their needs and DEED requirements.

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Iditarod Elementary School

This adaptation of MCG’s Machetanz Elementary prototype replaces the aging existing maze-like school. The open, connected learning environments are tailored to the community’s needs, with an open and inviting entry, connected library, and enhanced multi-function community spaces. Natural light floods the interior spaces that focus out to the main public entry. [...]

This adaptation of MCG’s Machetanz Elementary prototype replaces the aging existing maze-like school.

The open, connected learning environments are tailored to the community’s needs, with an open and inviting entry, connected library, and enhanced multi-function community spaces. Natural light floods the interior spaces that focus out to the main public entry.

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UAA Alaska Airlines Center

Hooooooooowwwl!!! Seawolf Athletics has a new home that is transforming their operations and image. And what a view from the cheap seats! The dramatic curved roof covers a dynamic multi-use center with flexibility to house events from a few hundred to a rocking full house of 5,000. Its unique vertical design, unusual for an arena [...]

Hooooooooowwwl!!! Seawolf Athletics has a new home that is transforming their operations and image. And what a view from the cheap seats!

The dramatic curved roof covers a dynamic multi-use center with flexibility to house events from a few hundred to a rocking full house of 5,000. Its unique vertical design, unusual for an arena of this scale, puts spectators right on top of the action and amplifies the game-time experience.

A model of public/private partnership, this facility connects housing to the main campus and resolves difficult parking and traffic issues for the adjacent Providence Alaska Medical Center.

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Girdwood K-8 School Renewal

Built in the 1980’s utilizing a ‘sea ranch’ style of architecture, the existing building was ill-suited for the heavy snows and rains of this northern rainforest located at the base of Alaska’s premier ski resort. MCG’s renewal completely reworks the roof systems solving long standing drainage problems and adds a vital two-story expansion housing middle [...]

Built in the 1980’s utilizing a ‘sea ranch’ style of architecture, the existing building was ill-suited for the heavy snows and rains of this northern rainforest located at the base of Alaska’s premier ski resort.

MCG’s renewal completely reworks the roof systems solving long standing drainage problems and adds a vital two-story expansion housing middle school students, a gym, and a dynamically reimagined commons/library complex. The exterior design respects the thematic design features of resort-style architecture while it adapts the existing structure to a new 21st Century learning setting.

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Mountain View Library

Recycle, Reuse, Reimagine! It began its life as a branch library then was converted to offices and now a Library again – but what a transformation. The dark inward focused structure is enlivened by new clerestory lighting and a complete makeover of the interiors. Much more than just a library, additions created community gathering spaces [...]

Recycle, Reuse, Reimagine! It began its life as a branch library then was converted to offices and now a Library again – but what a transformation.

The dark inward focused structure is enlivened by new clerestory lighting and a complete makeover of the interiors. Much more than just a library, additions created community gathering spaces creating it a hub for community activities and learning.

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Harrigan Centennial Hall

In 1967 one of MCG’s founders, John McCool, moved to Sitka to oversee the construction of Centennial Hall. Now more than 40 years later we are working to renew this venerable facility that is the focal point of Sitka’s downtown coastline and central to the community. Home of the world famous Sitka Music Festival, the [...]

In 1967 one of MCG’s founders, John McCool, moved to Sitka to oversee the construction of Centennial Hall. Now more than 40 years later we are working to renew this venerable facility that is the focal point of Sitka’s downtown coastline and central to the community.

Home of the world famous Sitka Music Festival, the buildings signature feature is a stage with a dramatic view to Sitka Sound, a feature way ahead of its time.

The renewal expands its functionality adding museum, community and visitor center functions while upgrading the theater with contemporary technology.

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Palmer Courthouse

The 1985 original was the first State court facility that incorporated contemporary security measures and 3 separate circulation pathways (public, judicial & prisoners). Recognized for its elegant aesthetic and thoughtful design, MCG updated the facility to fit the needs of the rapidly-growing Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Despite construction in different decades by multiple contractors, the expanded courthouse [...]

The 1985 original was the first State court facility that incorporated contemporary security measures and 3 separate circulation pathways (public, judicial & prisoners). Recognized for its elegant aesthetic and thoughtful design, MCG updated the facility to fit the needs of the rapidly-growing Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Despite construction in different decades by multiple contractors, the expanded courthouse maintained an integrated, unified design that is as fresh today as the day it first opened.

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Rabinowitz Courthouse

Located in the heart of the “Golden Heart City’ this building design features three interlocking architectural forms intended to express three unique facets of the building and its location: the formality of the courts, the traditions of Fairbanks building, and the area’s dynamic potential. Each of the three elements housed a discrete function — courtrooms, [...]

Located in the heart of the “Golden Heart City’ this building design features three interlocking architectural forms intended to express three unique facets of the building and its location: the formality of the courts, the traditions of Fairbanks building, and the area’s dynamic potential. Each of the three elements housed a discrete function — courtrooms, offices and entrance — but they all worked together to create a unique aesthetic.

The formal interiors evoked the exterior’s dynamic qualities reflecting the compassion, respect and dignity the justice system affords all participants.

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Nesbett Courthouse

This complex urban project in Alaska’s largest city acknowledges its role in the community by integrating the court system’s vision of justice, Alaska design themes and the complexity of downtown development. The courthouse reflects and illuminates these intricate interactions through contrasting formal architectural patterns, natural flowing textures and expression of indigenous cultures. South-facing plazas created [...]

This complex urban project in Alaska’s largest city acknowledges its role in the community by integrating the court system’s vision of justice, Alaska design themes and the complexity of downtown development.

The courthouse reflects and illuminates these intricate interactions through contrasting formal architectural patterns, natural flowing textures and expression of indigenous cultures. South-facing plazas created protected microclimates, encouraging year-round use of outdoor spaces.

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Latter Day Saints Temple

The first and only LDS Temple in Alaska, this facility provided spiritual services that were previously unavailable in the state. Granite-clad and classically styled, the building was designed to meet the standards of the worldwide church and the demands of life in Alaska. A 5,500 sf, two-story entrance structure provided additional instruction and waiting rooms, [...]

The first and only LDS Temple in Alaska, this facility provided spiritual services that were previously unavailable in the state. Granite-clad and classically styled, the building was designed to meet the standards of the worldwide church and the demands of life in Alaska.

A 5,500 sf, two-story entrance structure provided additional instruction and waiting rooms, servery, and an elevator. Snow melt systems were integrated into the exterior sidewalks, and in-floor heating served the interior spaces. The Temple building included spaces for both worship and instruction.

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