CEO Larry Cash at the 2017 Arctic Energy Summit

Sep 15, 2017

RIM was pleased to be a part of the 2017 Arctic Energy Summit in Helsinki, Finland. CEO, Larry Cash FAIA NCARB, was a part of the Northern Architecture, Building, Design, and Operations Panel on day three of the week-long conference, giving a presentation on Northern Architecture and Design in Alaska and the United States.

This was Larry's second year presenting at the Arctic Council and Institute of the North, representing architectural design professionals in the arctic. He first gave a presentation on Designing for the Arctic Environment at the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Here is his abstract of his presentation:

Designing structures in the Arctic requires those responsible for the design to understand the many complex parameters that must be addressed carefully and thoughtfully. This presentation draws on RIM’s architectural expertise in arctic and sub-arctic Alaska, and highlights one of Alaska’s largest infrastructure projects, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, to express expert design and construction ingenuity.

Discussed is RIM’s focus on designing for energy efficiency and sustainable architecture, highlighting building performance metrics RIM has achieved through the utilization of technology, modeling design options to achieve projected total energy use savings of 41% above code requirements.

Two major RIM projects in Arctic Alaska are described: The Samuel Simmons Memorial Hospital in Utqiagvik (Barrow), and the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue. Utilizing modeling ensures best orientation and structure shape for daylight and snowdrift management; elevating buildings on permanently frozen piling foundations allows wind to blow freely beneath keeping the tundra frozen and clear of snow. The critical importance of designing in partnership with Indigenous Populations is emphasized to assure culture is incorporated and respected by the architecture designed.

In conclusion, through the practical utilization of advanced technology, it is possible to dramatically reduce the energy consumption of the built environment in the Arctic.