Education center in Alaska with a facade that resembles salmon skin

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Sustainable design strategies and Kenaitze tribal values have come to fruition in the Kahtnuht’ana Duhdeldiht Educational Campus in Kenai, Alaska. The 67,000-square-foot building, designed by Stantec, includes education and other community spaces. Designed for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, a federally-recognized tribe in Alaska’s South-Central Kenai Peninsula, the building is tribally-owned.

The building is laid out in two wings connected by an interior plaza; the educational wing contains a preschool, library, Yaghanen Youth Language and Culture Programs for students K-12, a career training center, and the Dena’ina Language Institute, while the other wing contains a multipurpose room with a track and a cultural room for tribal activities.

Metal panels on a school facade
The circular central plaza was designed to evoke a sense of community. (Wayde Carroll)