Fort Belknap Indian Community –
Renovation of Detention Facility

Grant Amount: $900,000

Location: The Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) is composed of two Native American tribes, the Gros Ventre (Aaniiih) and Assiniboine (Nakoda) who reside on the 1,014 square mile Fort Belknap Indian Reservation located in north central Montana. The Reservation is located 40 miles south of the Canadian border and is the fourth largest Indian Reservation in Montana. The project is located in Fort Belknap Agency, the Reservation’s largest city that is south of Harlem along Highway 2 at the Fort Belknap Law and Order Building located at 656 Agency Main Street in Harlem, Montana.

Scope: The project involves renovating the existing facility that was built in 1972 and is comprised of a one-story, 4,375 square foot structure, with holding cells for 8 males and 2 females. The facility also includes a dayroom, courtroom and jury deliberations room, booking, dispatch, kitchen and laundry rooms, and supporting corridors. The scope of work includes removing and replacing the roof; installing a canopy for support vehicles; sand blasting and painting cell walls; removing and replacing cell fixtures and installing an ADA-compliant shower stall; upgrading security and surveillance systems; replacing mechanical and electrical systems; upgrading windows; and installing new kitchen and laundry equipment.

FBIC will self-perform general construction activities and contract directly with mechanical, electrical, and security surveillance contractors to complete the project. FBIC construction management personnel will award, manage, coordinate, and oversee these subcontracts.

Status: The project is substantially complete. FBIC received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance via a Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) on February 3, 2011. FBIC utilized a multi-contract design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded an architectural and engineering services contract to Jackola Engineering and Architecture (JEA) of Kalispell, Montana. JEA completed construction documents in April 2012.

FBIC commenced renovation activities in August 2011 and the project reached substantial completion in July 2013. Development of a punchlist and final inspection by JEA is pending. FBIC intends to close-out the grant by August 2013.