NOK Alutiiq Center
This building houses the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository as well as the corporate offices of the Natives of Kodiak, Inc., and the Afognak Native Corporation. This project was funded through a combination of privately obtained financing and the Exxon Valdez Restoration Fund. It was designed by USKH, Inc., and offered for public bid. Criterion was the low bidder from a field of 12 with an offer of approximately $2,500,000. The bid amount was substantially higher than the owner’s budget and we were asked to offer value engineering suggestions. Through this process, and by working as a team with the owner and architect, we were able to reduce the contract value by over 10%, enabling the project to go forward. We successfully completed the project and gave the owner occupancy more than three months ahead of schedule, which resulted in further savings to N.O.K. in the form of office rents. This is a project of which we are particularly proud because of its cultural significance. The opening exhibits in the museum included local artwork, Native artifacts from the Kodiak area that had never been publicly displayed, and an exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute.