SCF Selects Design/Build Team for New Clinic in the Mat-Su Valley
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (January 10, 2011) – Southcentral Foundation (SCF) has announced the team of professionals who will design and construct its new primary care center in Wasilla. The team will consist of NBBJ, DOWL, Tyonek Contractors and Neeser Construction.
The selection process began in September 2010 with a call for qualifications and work plans. The top teams were then invited in October to submit conceptual designs and cost proposals by Dec. 16. A thorough review of each proposal’s merits was conducted by a selection committee, made up of SCF and Tribal representatives as well as outside experts, according to a standardized set of selection criteria. Chickaloon Village Traditional Council and the Knik Tribal Council were also involved in the concept design development process.
While the committee was interested in a proven track record of success with similar facilities and familiarity with Alaska Native cultural traditions, cost was a major factor in the decision and weighed in at 50 percent of the total score. The committee was also looking for a design that would be responsive to feedback from SCF’s Alaska Native and American Indian customer-owners on what they wanted to see in their new clinic.
“We made a promise to our 7,000 customer-owners in the Mat-Su Valley that we would build a primary care center that would be capable of supporting their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness,” said Kevin Gottlieb, SCF Vice President of Resource & Development. “Today’s announcements bring us much closer to that goal.”
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring, with an estimated completion date of September 2012. The United States Department of Agriculture is providing $40 million in direct loan financing, and guaranteeing another $10 million provided by Wells Fargo. Additionally, SCF applied for and was awarded a Joint Venture Construction Program agreement through the Indian Health Service (IHS). Under this agreement, the IHS will provide financial support for operations, primarily staffing, for 20 years. With their financial and regulatory stake in the project, the IHS and USDA will be involved with the design and construction phases of the work.
Established in 1982, SCF’s mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., SCF has grown in its 27 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that employs more than 1,400 people and administers a budget of more than $200 million annually to manage more than 60 health care programs and services.