NANA celebrates Nullaġvik Hotel opening in Kotzebue
September 2, 2011
August 29, 2011-The new Nullaġvik Hotel, owned by NANA Development Corporation, opened its doors today to all visitors and northwest Alaska. The modern hotel, located on Shore Avenue in Kotzebue has been under construction for the past two years and is expected to be a comfortable place to stay for years to come.
Nullaġvik is an Iñupiaq word meaning, “a place to rest.” Since it first opened in 1975, the original Nullaġvik Hotel has welcomed guests from all over the world.
“This is a special day for NANA,” said Luke Sampson, NANA Development Corporation (NDC) board chairman. “Our old hotel has served us well for many years, but it needed to be replaced. This new hotel will continue to serve our people and those traveling through our regional hub. This is an important investment that NANA has made to continue to support the economy and the needs of our people.”
The new hotel has 78 guest rooms, including seven suites. The facility will provide a modern, high-tech meeting space for up to 100 people, a comfortable observation area and a well-equipped fitness center. The hotel includes a full-service restaurant overlooking Kotzebue Sound, with a private dining room available for small meetings or celebrations.
NANA Development President Helvi Sandvik said, “This is an exciting event for our business and for the communities in the region. This hotel is an example of our companies working together to help northwest Alaska by developing the infrastructure necessary to grow.”
Several NDC companies were involved in the project. WHPacific provided the architectural and interior design. NANA WorleyParsons assisted with the mechanical design; DOWL HKM provided civil engineering; and NANA Construction oversaw the construction side of the effort, managing SKW Eskimos, Inc., a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. NANA Management Services (NMS), is the management company of the current hotel, and will continue to provide management services for the new property including the restaurant.
NANA Development Corporation is the business arm of NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. Owned by the 12,700 Iñupiat shareholders who originated in northwest Alaska, NANA is one of 13 Alaska Native regional corporations. NDC employs more than 11,000 people around the world, in industries that include resource development, engineering & construction, information technology & telecommunications, facilities management & logistics, and real estate & hotel development.
You can also watch a video of the community open on YouTube.