CCHRC is working with the Newtok Village Council on several projects to help the community relocate. Newtok is a village on the southwest coast of Alaska that is severely threatened by erosion. The community is in the process of moving to a new site on higher ground, called Mertarvik.
CCHRC worked with the community to design a prototype house for the new village that is both extremely energy efficient and moveable. The house has a skiddable foundation and can be towed across the ice or tundra when needed. It also contains a small water-treatment plant and a generator, which can be used before public utilities are available at the new site. Construction of the prototype will begin in spring 2016, using CCHRC instructors and a local crew.
CCHRC worked with the community on the concept for an evacuation center in 2009 that could be used in emergencies. The project went through a series of changes and a foundation was built. In 2015, CCHRC was hired to perform an analysis of the project to see if existing building materials could be used to finish the structure. The community would like to alter the original design to be a multipurpose community center.