Northern Arapaho Tribe (NAT) –
Construction of a Multi-Purpose Juvenile Community Assessment and Service Center

Grant Amount: $999,509

Location: The Northern Arapaho Tribe is located within the 2.2 million acre Wind River Indian Reservation in west central Wyoming. The project site is located 2 miles south of Riverton, Wyoming on 50 acres of pasture land just east of Highway 279.

Scope: The project involves the design and construction of a new 5,200 square foot juvenile justice services center (Facility) primarily focused on intake, assessment, holding for transport, and staff-secure attendant care for non-violent youth. The facility will have space for intake, holding, visitation, medical examination, kitchen and laundry services, and administration. The project is the first phase of constructing a multi-purpose prevention through intervention (PTI) campus.

The facility will be constructed utilizing concrete stem walls and spread footings with a concrete slab on grade. Lightweight steel and wood will provide framing that will include exterior insulated walls with a stucco finish. The extension of utility services, installation of a septic system and pre-construction site grading will be completed by the tribe prior to and concurrently with the construction of the facility. Electrical power is available via nearby overhead lines.

Status: The project budget is $1,239,509 and includes the BJA grant of $999,509 and tribal contributions of $240,000. Issuance of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) final Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was completed. Tribal funds will be used to pay for programmatic consulting services, tribal salaries, sitework, fixtures, furnishings and equipment, and transitional costs.

Project design is complete and was achieved via a sole-source procurement of an architectural and engineering (A/E) services firm whom has tribal knowledge and an existing working relationship with the tribe. The tribe has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for general contracting services and will hold a public bid opening in April 2013. The tribe anticipates selecting a general contractor and executing an agreement to begin construction by summer 2013 and anticipates completing the project by winter 2014. A comprehensive project budget and construction schedule is pending development upon the selection of a general contractor.