CIRI Spotlight: Bob Juliussen

CIRI shareholder Bob Juliussen says he is someone who has high quality standards when it comes to building and designing houses. Having built three of his own homes, he knows that quality building products and quality workmanship go a long way.

When Juliussen joined Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) just over 8 years ago, he brought with him 28 years of experience in the local building industry. He worked in the wholesale commercial plumbing supply business, for the State of Alaska as a maintenance worker and as building materials manager for Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Juliussen joined CIHA in August 2000, and is currently the senior construction manager. He has managed more than 500 residential home and apartment renovation projects and more than 30 new single family homes for CIHA.

Juliussen was instrumental in the development of CIHA’s in-house construction program, initiating an apprentice training program with Alaska Works Partnership. Through his leadership, CIHA has substantially increased the scope of projects that are performed by their construction department staff, such as modernization projects at CIHA’s remote rental properties in Ninilchik, Seldovia and Kenai and the renovation of their 120-unit apartment complex in Anchorage’s Muldoon neighborhood.

Juliussen’s construction department staff, collectively known as the “Mod Squad” from their early days of focusing on modernization projects, are virtually the same crew that were there when he came on board. Juliussen credits minimal employee turn-over to the crew members themselves. “They all have the same high quality standards as I do and they work hard to meet those standards”, said Juliussen. This brings them immediate positive feedback from the homeowners and, with that, job satisfaction.

When CIHA started planning the Mountain View Revitalization project, Juliussen told them he wanted to play an active role. He developed a construction program to build new, highly efficient, functional and attractive single-family homes.

In August 2008, Juliussen entered two of the homes he designed for the Mountain View Revitalization project in the Anchorage Home Builders Association’s 44th Annual Parade of Homes. The Parade of Homes is a public event designed to showcase the achievements of local builders and innovations in building design, energy efficiency and technology.

“These are beautiful homes built with well thought-out designs, quality materials and workmanship-and complete with appliances, five-star plus energy ratings, and finished landscaping. With several designs available and an array of features, our intention is to make these homes desirable to a wide range of people and to attract potential buyers that might not normally consider affordable housing,” said Juliussen.

In total, CIHA earned five awards, including Best Design, Best Interior, Best Exterior and Best Overall Workmanship, and the coveted Golden Hammer for best overall home in the $300,000-and-under division.

“It was especially gratifying being recognized by a group of peers. It’s an affirmation of the quality and craftsmanship that we strive for.” said Juliussen.

“We are all very proud of Bob! He personally designs the homes he builds for CIHA based on his experience with our clients and residents, often considering how his own family might live in the home as his measure of good design,” said Carol Gore, CIHA president and chief executive officer. “His attention to detail in the design, affordability at the time of purchase, materials that are energy efficient and low cost to maintain and true leadership of his crew provide the foundation for real homes. Most importantly, he is focused on the impact his homes have on our families and neighborhoods bringing the best of our village cultures to our own community. His homes are quite simply the best in design and value in our community.”

Nine of the newly built homes designed by Juliussen are now on the market. Those interested in learning more about these homes can contact Cook Inlet Real Estate Services at (907) 793-3066 or visit their website at

Juliussen was born and raised in Anchorage, and lives there with his wife April, daughter Audrey and son Jens.