Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes –
Construction of Fort Peck New Adult Detention Facilities

Grant Amount: $12,683,342

Location: The Fort Peck Reservation is home to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes (FPAST), each of which are composed of numerous bands and divisions, including the Sioux divisions of Sisseton, Wahpetons, Yanktonais, and Teton Hunkpapa; and the Assiniboine bands of Canoe Paddler and Red Bottom. The 3,289 square mile Reservation is located in the northeast corner of Montana and approximately 6,000 of the estimated 11,786 enrolled tribal members reside on or near the Reservation. The project is located one half mile north of Highway 2 just north of the Fort Peck Tribe administration complex in Poplar, Montana. The terrain consists primarily of grazing land.

Scope: The project consists of designing and constructing the FPT Fort Peck Detention Center. The one-story, 40,068 square foot (SF) facility includes 6,393 SF of mezzanines and currently is configured for a maximum occupancy of 88 adult male and female detainees. However, the facility has been designed to allow for future expansion. The full-service correctional facility will include intake and booking via a secure sally port, food preparation, dining, indoor and outdoor recreation, visitation, onsite laundry, and a healing room.

The project also includes site improvements and installing new utilities including domestic and fire water, storm and sanitary sewer, electrical service, as well as installing a geothermal heating and cooling system intended to reduce the facility’s operating costs. Site improvements included drives, parking lots, walkways, site lighting, and landscaping. The funding for the architectural and engineering costs associated with extending water distribution piping and sewers to the facility is provided via a separate BJA grant totaling $121,300.

Status: The project is substantially complete. FPAST received NEPA clearance via a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on July 13, 2010. FPAST utilized a design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded an architectural and engineering services contract to CTA Group and Architects of Billings Montana. CTA completed the construction documents in April 2012, and BIA reviewed and approved the drawings. FPAST competitively awarded a lump sum general construction contract to Swank Enterprises of Valier Montana.

Construction commenced in May 2012 and reached substantial completion in December 2013. However, site improvements including parking lots and landscaping will be completed during spring 2014, or as the weather allows.

FPAST is in the process of transitioning to the facility and has commenced commissioning and training. BIA inspections are scheduled for March 2014 and final completion, including landscaping and final paving, is scheduled for summer 2014.