Shoshone-Bannock Tribes –
Construction of a Single Tribe Justice Center

Grant Amount: $3,507,421

Location: The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (SBT) was originally composed of several Shoshone and Bannock bands.  A majority of the approximately 5,700 tribal members live on or near the 815 square-mile Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The Reservation, which lies on the Snake River Plan, is located in the four southeastern Idaho counties of Bingham, Power, Bannock, and Caribou.  The project is located in Fort Hall, the Reservation’s largest population center, on 4.5 acres of land at the southwest corner of Mission and Agency Roads.

Scope: The project involves designing and constructing a 66,250 square foot  Multi-Purpose Tribal Justice Center. The facility will accommodate corrections, courts, administrative offices, emergency dispatch, and law enforcement. The corrections portion of the facility is intended to hold both adults and juveniles and will accommodate 80 adult beds and 20 juvenile beds. Site improvements include landscaping, sidewalks, parking lot and access roadways, security and safety provisions, and a recreation area. 

The $23 million project is funded by BJA planning and construction grants totaling $3,763,421, a $271,000 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant, and approximately $19 million in SBT contributions.

Status: The project is complete.  The project received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance via a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from BIA in February 2005 and from HUD and BJA in June 2010.  SBT utilized a design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded an architectural and engineering services contract to Lombard-Conrad Architects P.A. (LCA) of Boise, Idaho, in June 2005. LCA completed the construction documents in fall 2006, and a notice to proceed was issued to Sletton Construction of Boise, Idaho, in May 2008.

Construction commenced in June 2008 and reached substantial completion in June 2010.  BIA issued a certificate of occupancy on June 11, 2010 and the facility is now occupied and operational.