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Modular Building Design
Builders Choice, Inc
Remote Workforce Lodging
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
The Arctic Oilfield Hotel is the newest and most advanced accommodation facility on Alaska’s North Slope. The 3-story facility contains 452 private rooms and is situated above the Arctic Circle in the remote town of Deadhorse, Alaska. Due to the remote location (which experiences 24-hour darkness for over a month in the winter), the design team paid special attention to ensuring the building provided workers an unprecedented level of comfort. Guests will find large recreational and exercise areas, a sauna, pool table and ping pong room, internet gaming room, open “SPIKE” room complete with snacks and even an internet café serving Starbuck’s coffee products.
In addition to the softer amenities, engineers were also faced with the unique challenge of installing this 3-story facility atop Alaska’s permafrost layer. To solve this challenge, the Arctic Oilfield Hotel rests upon over a hundred pilings sunk into the permafrost and frozen in place – truly a design and engineering feat.
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
Considering the remote location and workforce, modular designers paid attention to providing a product that would meet the needs of the new oilfield worker and provide the privacy and soundproofing desired to improve fatigue related safety so often experienced in this type of remote workplace. Modules include the latest satellite powered high speed internet and digitally connected entertainment to maintain some of the comforts of home. In addition, all rooms are single private units (no shared bathrooms) with individual lockable drawers to keep personal items secure. Other innovations include boot dryers, a poker room and dry sauna amenities.
- Cost Effectiveness
With continued low oil prices, all entities on Alaska’s North Slope have been forced to find cost savings where possible. With this in mind, CH2M worked with VESTA Modular, Builder’s Choice and Winchester Alaska Architects to find methods to reduce costs of both modular production, freight as well as ultimate operation of the facility. Efforts included working to reduce the number of modules and to achieve more efficient square footage, designing highly energy efficient modules with premium insulation, restricting module size to reduce pilot car costs to transport, and working with material suppliers to provide savings due to large order size. In addition, CH2M self-performed extensive project management work as well as infrastructure projects to keep total costs to achieve a project that came in under budget.