Mat Su Central School

Location: Wasilla, Ak
Year Completed: 2011
Total sf: 31,300sf
Design/Build Team: North Country Builders, Oien Associates, Jernstrom Engineering, EIC Engineers

A16,146sf addition and renovation to an existing 15,154sf facility, the new Mat-Su Central School provides an improved, enlarged and energy efficient facility. The building consists of the local State Legislative Information Offices and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mat-Su Central School. The school is now the largest in the valley with over 1,400 students. The year after the renovation, enrollment skyrocketed and graduation jumped from 39 to 100 students. The building’s sustainable features include high performance glazing, energy efficient lighting with lighting controls. Glazing improvements included replacing sections of original glazing including at the LIO. 

With the renovations to the existing, the building now performs 14% better than standard code. The scope of work for Wolf Architecture was Design through Construction Administration. The project was delivered within the allotted $2.8m despite additional design items and increase of scope that were included within the original design contract amount, including a significant amount of interior design. Costs came within 2% of the engineers estimate; there were no Change Orders on the project. The design for the project included fast-track delivery to allow for early demolition and approval by the Fire Marshal. The project began construction in February 2011 and was completed November 2011.