Norton Sound Regional Hospital
In collaboration with Mahlum of Seattle, Kumin Associates provided programming and design for this new hospital in Nome. The facility is central to the primary care of approximately 10,000 indigenous Alaskans living in rural villages throughout the Norton Sound area. It includes a full range of inpatient, outpatient and support services in a comprehensive 144,000 SF structure. Medical spaces include laboratory, ambulatory surgery, emergency, diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, primary care, dental, optometry, audiology, acute care, and labor and delivery. The laboratory supports diagnostics (hematology, serology, urinalysis, etc) for primary care, surgery, emergency, and acute care.
This project presented challenges unique to its extreme Arctic location. The site is underlain by relatively warm ice-rich permafrost necessitating design of a pile supported structure. The foundation system utilizes driven steel piles and passive two-phase thermoprobes. The structure is raised to keep a minimum four-foot air space between the underside of the building soffit and the gravel pad.
Construction of the site infrastructure began in summer 2008 and was completed in 2013.