Completed in 2022, the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, a 108,000 SF, three-story facility in Fairbanks, Alaska, was expanded in collaboration with HOK to serve the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC). Addressing TCC’s vision, the enlarged center now offers advanced services, including an Ambulatory Surgery Center, cancer care, specialty clinics, laboratory services, and diagnostic imaging. TCC leveraged the design team’s technical acumen to optimize space planning, ensuring efficient workflows for both staff and patients. This building is meticulously crafted to meet TCC’s unique requirements.
Equally vital was ensuring the design paid homage to the culture of the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) community. The original building’s exterior intricately mirrored cultural motifs inspired by rivers, fish, and forests. Our task was not only to expand the facility but also to amplify and integrate the existing clinic’s aesthetic essence into the new addition. In continuity with the initial design, the new building maintains a low, horizontal silhouette, mirroring the original’s exterior finishes and appearance. Central to the expanded facility is the “Heritage Hall,” a dedicated space showcasing curated exhibits, informative signage, and wall graphics. These highlight native medicinal plants, intricately interwoven throughout the building, further cementing the bond between the structure and TCC’s cultural roots.