Alaska Railroad Freight Shed

Alaska Railroad Freight Shed

The 1941 Alaska Railroad Freight Shed is a 700-foot-long heavy-timber structure in Anchorage’s historic Ship Creek District. In 2009, the exterior of this long-shuttered warehouse was peeled away and an energy-efficient core and shell were added. Using old-school carpentry materials and techniques, the original handcrafted character was maintained inside and out. The structural challenge was to retain the authenticity of the original framing while accommodating the additional weight of the new building envelope and meeting stringent seismic building code requirements. Schneider added concealed timber “overframing” and exposed structural steel braced frames without detracting from the cadence of the original timber framing. The result is a modern energy-efficient building, Alaska’s first historic building to be reconstructed to meet LEED® environmental standards.

LEED Renovation of Historic Freight Shed – Arizona Railroad Corporation >
Railroad Freight Shed Earns Silver LEED Status – Alaska Business Monthly >
ECI/HYER Architects’ website >
Alaska Railroad Freight Shed – YouTube >

Project Details

Anchorage, AK
36,000 sq. ft.
Project Team:
Schneider Structural Engineers Structural Engineer
ECI/Hyer Architects Architect
Watterson Construction, Inc. Contractor

U.S. Green Building Council