The design concept developed by PHH partner Bettisworth North increases program capacity and offers the opportunity to develop new programming and services. The building placement takes advantage of the views along the Chena River and makes the most of the sunlight throughout the year.
maximizes the building’s south-facing surface area to collect the Alaskan sunlight
are captured with a tight thermal envelope
is an efficient method to water the building gardens
generate electricity and warm water during the summer and shoulder seasons
enable daylight to penetrate the building interior
is maximized with several large trees in landscaping plans
saves energy by exchanging heat from outgoing air to incoming air
with a masonry heater hearth for energy efficiency
eliminate excessive summer heat gain on south and west facades
The building will offer a place for youth and their families to exercise and interact socially and allow the youth to practice the skills they have been learning. This space can also accommodate projection equipment for meetings and events. It also features a large hangar door that opens onto south-facing outdoor areas.
The new building will feature rooms and a shared bathroom for PHH youth families. It’s a more comfortable option when traveling is necessary to do family work. These rooms will be offered at no cost to families, and is an amenity not typically offered by other treatment programs.
The garage will be used to maintain the PHH vehicle fleet and ground equipment, and offers an opportunity for program participants to learn valuable vocational skills.