Akiachak Native Community Jail Renovation

Grant Amount: $459,935

Location: The Akiachak Native Community (ANC) is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a fishing and subsistence lifestyle. It has a strong traditional community and was the first city in Alaska to dissolve its city government in favor of the Native village government. The almost 7 square mile community consists of mostly tundra and wetlands along the west bank of the Kuskokwim River in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, approximately 18 miles northeast of Bethel, Alaska. The project is located west of Main Street near ANC tribal offices.

Scope of Project: The project involves structurally stabilizing and renovating the existing one-story 2,490 square foot ANC Public Safety Building. The renovated facility will contain five holding cells, two offices, a conference room, restrooms, a laundry room, and an enclosed garage. Interior improvements include updating the facility's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) and life safety systems, and reconfiguring the facility's interior spaces and installing new finishes. Exterior improvements include installing new windows, covered entrances and siding. The facility will be structural stabilized by raising and leveling the floor with additional foundation blocks as required. ANC intends to self-perform all work except the installation of windows, doors, hardware and upgrading the MEP systems.

Status: ANC procured a facility assessment and design services from Harely Hightower, AIA of Anchorage, Alaska in May 2009.  Mr. Hightower completed the assessment in July 2009 and the final construction documents were issued in August 2010. Demolition commenced in winter 2009 and interior framing, wall construction, and exterior improvements were completed by ANC in late 2010. Project completion was expected by summer 2011 but portions of the project had to be redesigned, postponed, or eliminated due to funding shortfalls.