Nisqually Indian Tribe –
Construction of a Corrections Facility for Low Risk Offenders

Grant Amount: $10,720,232

Location: The Nisqually Indian Tribe (NIT), formally known as the Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, are a Native American tribe in western Washington. The 8-square mile Nisqually Reservation is located on both sides of the Nisqually River in western Peirce and Thurston counties. All of the resident population lives on the Thurston County portion of the southwest side of the Nisqually River. The site selected for the project is located in Yelm, Washington on 28 acres of heavily wooded lands west of the intersection of Yelm Highway and Highway 510.

Scope of Project: The project involves designing and constructing the Nisqually Public Safety Complex. The facility consists of a 28,159 square foot core/support building, two 7,650 square feet housing units, and one 5,760 square foot warehouse/laundry building and a police/administration building. The facility was originally intended to accommodate 204 beds but current plans indicate 288 beds with an option for an additional 96 beds that would increase the facility's capacity to 384 beds. The building's secured structures consist of masonry block and steel frame construction. Low-risk housing areas consist of wood frame construction.

Two separately funding additional essential offsite utility projects are being constructed in tandem with the project—with critical implications for allowing the construction and operation of the facility. The first utility project, which is complete, involves extending existing water service to the project site. The second offsite utility project involves the design and construction of a $13 million waste water treatment plant.

Status: The project is complete and the facility is operational. NIT received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance via a mitigated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in September 2010. NIT is utilizing a multi-phase design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded a design contract to KMB Architecture of Olympia, Washington, and a general construction contract to Native Land Development.

The project was constructed in two phases with the early site package being constructed in Phase 1, and the remainder of the facility constructed in Phase 2. Phase 1, which consisted of preparing the site, including clearing and grubbing, fine grading, preparing building pads, installing utilities, and constructing storm structures, was completed in late 2011. Phase 2 activities, which include constructing the support building, two housing units, a warehouse, outdoor covered recreation, and additional site improvements, commenced in July 2012 and reached substantial completion in November 2013. A dedication ceremony was held on February 21, 2014.

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