Kodiak High School

Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak Island Borough School District

RESPEC provided mechanical and electrical engineering design services for this 114,000-square-foot addition and 59,000-square-foot renovation project. Kodiak High School is the largest construction project ever designed and built by the Kodiak Island Borough. The facility includes a library, food-service area, gymnasium, classrooms, and administrative offices and was designed to support extensive, diverse community uses.

The design was implemented with a strong focus on reliability, maintainability, and sustainability and with energy efficiency as a high priority. Three-dimensional (3D) Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the design was accomplished with plans to integrate the BIM model into future owner operations and maintenance processes. One energy-efficiency goal that was successfully accomplished was obtaining the equivalent of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver project.

The mechanical work included completely replacing most of the central ventilation systems and all of the central heating plant systems. The overall costs were reduced by choosing the heating system based on life-cycle-cost analysis, developing design alternates, and allowing for value-engineering efforts by using a construction manager general contractor.

The electrical systems included complete lighting, power, and information technology/data systems. LED lighting systems were evaluated for application and implemented into the design. The concept design phases included closely evaluating alternatives systems for final selection with users and stakeholders.