UMIAQ Design & Municpal Services, LLC (UMIAQ D&MS) in collaboration with Cibinel Architecture Ltd. provided the winning proposal for the Iḷisaġvik College New Campus Preliminary Concept Design Competition. The international competition was open to qualified Alaskan design firms and encouraged circumpolar firm participation with a total of seven firms submitting proposals for the competition.
Cibinel Architecture Ltd. is a mid-size architecture firm based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. UMIAQ D&MS will be the prime consultant providing project management, architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, and surveying. Richard Rearik, UMIAQ D&MS Architecture Manager in Anchorage, anticipates the programming concept design phase to start in July 2018 and that up-to-10 or more UMIAQ D&MS personnel will be involved in the project design work, which will span a couple of years. The project will be designed to be constructed in phases as funding permits.
The overall size of the project concept includes three phases with up to 150,000 s.f. of facilities. This includes program space for academic instruction, vocational education, faculty offices, administration, institutional support, early learning center, student and staff housing, recreation, and maintenance and operations. The project includes a completely new campus and facilities designed to meet the current and future higher educational needs of Iḷisaġvik College and the communities that it serves. It will serve the residents of the North Slope Borough and serve as a hub for circumpolar education. Araqhaa! Wow!