Rilke Schule

Rilke Schule, Anchorage, AK 2015

Rilke Schule German School of Arts & Sciences is a Kindergarten through 8th grade German Immersion Charter School in the Anchorage School District. A new 39,500 sq. ft. building is being constructed to provide long term space for the school. The site is located on East 64th Avenue, opposite of Burlwood Street in Anchorage.

The building exterior will be clad with insulated metal building panels, providing the school with an efficient envelope that is also extremely durable in the Alaskan climate. The entry canopy is brightly colored to give the school a playful identity, while the transparent entry allows light to filter into the lobby creating a warm and welcoming feeling for the community. Each classroom and office space has access to natural light that contributes to the energy efficiency of the building, occupant health, and creates an environment where students can succeed. When completed, the school will have twenty-seven class rooms, a large multipurpose room, computer lab, and administrative area.  

The project is being developed by Nanuaq Development, LLC, a joint venture of Pfeffer Development and Sitnasuak Native Corporation, the village corporation of Nome. Criterion General is building the project that is designed by RIM Architects.

Other major project teammates include: Enterprise Engineering, Oien Associates, B.C. Excavation, Whalen Construction, Rain Proof Roofing, Alaska Interior Specialties, ACME Painting Company, Otis Elevator, Slayden Plumbing & Heating, SimplexGrinnell & Vannoy Electric.

The project started in late February 2015, and the school is scheduled to be completed in the fall 2015.