Arcadis, the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, is working with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), a tribal health organization serving residents of Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, to provide project management and construction oversight services for a new advanced primary care health clinic and renovation of the existing hospital in Bethel, located in southwest Alaska.
The $300 million Dr. Paul John Calricaraq Project (PJCP), named after the late Toksook Bay tribal leader and founding YKHC board member, includes construction of a new 206,000-square-foot primary care clinic and acute care nursing unit, renovations to 85,500 square feet of the 1980s-era Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital, and development of a 54-unit housing development intended for PJCP staff.
“The Paul John Calricaraq Project will provide critical healthcare infrastructure for local residents in Bethel and Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region for generations to come,” said Justin Wright, Arcadis buildings sector president. “Arcadis is honored to bring our extensive healthcare experience to the project and we look forward to playing a role in the successful delivery of such a crucial project that will improve quality of life for this region.”
“It will be more than just a new building,” said YKHC President & CEO Dan Winkelman. “We are merging Paul John’s inspirational teachings and stories of traditional ways of healthy living with national best practices. Our new model of care will integrate our services around the customer’s needs and incorporate the region’s Yup’ik, Cup’ik, and Athabascan cultures.”
The new three-story primary care clinic and acute care nursing unit, designed to meet a minimum of LEED-certified silver rating, will be a modern, technologically-advanced facility to provide expanded healthcare services as the region outgrows its current facilities. The clinic will accommodate a much-needed new inpatient clinic, labor and delivery clinic, six outpatient clinic areas, dental, behavioral health, lab, pharmacy and registration. The new facility is expected to add over 200 jobs to the local economy.
Groundbreaking and construction activities began in the fall of 2016. Completion of all project components is scheduled for 2021.
Arcadis has managed several healthcare/medical clinic projects in Alaska and around the U.S. Alaska projects include the Tanana Chiefs Conference’s Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai and the Copper River Native Association’s Robert Marshall Building in Tazlina. In the Lower 48, Arcadis provided comprehensive program management support for planning, design, construction and commissioning/occupancy for the 1.25-million-square-foot Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.