SIKU BASIN ARMY FAMILY HOUSING

FT. WAINWRIGHT, ALASKA


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The ORB Architects-Osborne Construction Company design-build team designed and constructed 126 housing units on approximately 40 acres of undeveloped land at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The 3-, 4-, and 5-bedroom units house U.S. Army Junior and Senior Noncommissioned Officers and their families.

The aim of this project was to accommodate a large number of families with attractive homes that offered high durability and required little maintenance. The Army viewed this as an opportunity to enhance soldier retention through a more creative housing approach. The design pushed the envelope, not settling for a style of the past where each unit looked uniform. Rather, the units emphasize both individuality and community. With unique colors, rooflines, and facades, the units vary from their neighbors on either side. The clustering of units allows for more shared space within the development, including greenbelts and children’s playgrounds, encouraging the fellowship of community.

ORB was involved in all aspects of the project, including providing full architectural design services, conducting site visits, providing site planning services, and construction administration.

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