A beautiful building, the “Heart Center” for our blended community.
Our goal is to create an “ecologically designed” multi-use, 17,000 sq.ft. building including a Health and Wellness Facility, Community Meeting/Conference Rooms, Tribal Environmental Program offices, and Tribal Accounting Office. It is our objective to create a gathering space for the entire community to share and enjoy. Both the communities of Sutton and Chickaloon are in need of central community gathering space because they have outgrown current buildings. We believe that this building will become the heart and center for the two communities and bring the groups closer together.
Chickaloon Village is strongly committed to developing sustainable business ventures, programs, and new construction projects. To the Village developing sustainability means that “we develop in the way that allows us to meet the needs of our current generation in terms of food, clothing, shelter, health care, gainful employment, social and spiritual community activities while not negatively impacting the natural environment or doing anything that would prevent the next seven generations from doing the same”. With this philosophy comes the responsibility of sharing successes and ethical motivation with other communities. Chickaloon programs and services are created for the benefit of the Native and Non-Native community and environment. One of the goals is to become a teaching Tribe where other Tribes or community groups interested in developing in a similar way are mentored, from which the creation of the Gathering place will be an excellent platform.
Another aspect of the Gathering Place that will make it unique is the commitment to making the facility ecologically designed and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System certified through the Alaska chapter of the US Build Green Council. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Incorporating LEED standards means the design and construction of the building would utilize “green” technology and strategies for sustainable site development such as edible and wild landscaping, water saving and collection, biological waste water treatment, energy efficient appliances, onsite renewable energy productions, and sustainable, local, recycled, and biodegradable constructions materials selection. It is the desire for the Gathering Place not only to be the heart center for a blended community, but also hope the building will be a teacher by nature of its design.