Old Crow Research Facility
This 400 square metre research facility was designed by the architect and constructed by KZA’s construction arm, 360° Design Build. Constructed on ad-freeze piles in perma-frost, the foundation is literally frozen into the frozen soil below and then covered to maintain the soil in a frozen state to ensure stability.
All of the materials for the building had to be flown in since the community has no road access. The building features a 55 panel 12.1 KW grid-tied photovoltaic array, at one time, the largest PV installation in the Yukon. The PV array allows for substantial environmental benefits since the community is reliant on diesel-powered generators for all of its electrical needs.
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation