Colorado River Indian Tribes –
Construction of Juvenile Detention Facility

Grant Amount: $4,561,213

Location: The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has approximately 3,500 active tribal members from four distinct tribes including the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi, and Navajo. The 432 square mile Colorado River Indian Reservation, most of which lies within Parker Valley, stretches along both the Arizona and California sides of the Colorado River and lies in western La Paz County, Arizona; southeastern San Bernardino County, California; and northeastern Riverside County, California. The tribe's headquarters are in Parker, Arizona, which is the reservation's largest community. The project is located in Parker on 2 acres of flat and minimally vegetated trust-held lands east of 2nd Avenue, south of Mohave Road, and adjacent to the CRIT Public Safety and Community Facility at 2660 Mohave Road.

Scope: The project involved designing and constructing the CRIT Juvenile Detention and Restoration Center. Themission of the facility is to provide a safe, secure, structured, and supportive environment for youth offenders, that fosters positive personal relationships for the tribe's youth, family members, and facility staff.

The 20-bed, one-story 18,762 square foot structure will detain both male and female juveniles aged 13 to 18. The facility is intended to hold both serious and non-serious offenders for determinate sentences of up to one year. The facility's capacity can be expanded to 38 beds by double bunking.

The facility's structure consists of shallow concrete foundations, CMU bearing walls, structural steel supports for the mezzanine level, and an open web metal joist with metal deck system for roof support. Site improvements include new roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, a sally port, and an entry plaza.

Status: The project is complete and the facility is operational.  National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance was granted via a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on November 19, 2010.

CRIT utilized a design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded an architectural and engineering (A/E) services contract to Encompass Architects (EA) of Lincoln, Nebraska in 2006.  The schematic design phase was completed in 2007 but no additional design work was completed until the BJA grant was awarded in 2009.  EA completed the construction documents in May 2011 and a general construction (GC) services contract was awarded to Whiteriver Construction of Lakeside, Arizona in September 2011.

Construction commenced in October 2011 and substantial completion was achieved in March 2013. A dedication ceremony was held on March 22, 2013 and BIA issued a certificate of occupancy on May 17, 2013.