Fallon Shoshone-Paiute –
Construction of a Regional Detention Center

Grant Amount: $3,982,729

Location: The project is intended to serve 11 western Nevada tribes and their associated 18 tribal communities, including reservations and colonies, which encompass over one million acres of western and northern Nevada. The tribes intended to be served by the facility include the grant holder, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Paiute Tribe (FPST), which is comprised of the descendants of the Northern Paiute and Western Shoshone peoples, Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Lovelock Paiute Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Walker River Paiute Tribe, Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California, Winnemucca Paiute Tribe, Yerington Paiute Tribe, and Yomba Shoshone Tribe.

The FPST Reservation, which encompasses 5,540 acres of Churchill County in western Nevada, was chosen as the ideal location for the project due to its proximity to the other reservations and colonies. The site selected for the project is adjacent to the existing FPST police station and is located at 987 Rio Vista Drive, Fallon Colony, Nevada, which is approximately 12 miles east of Fallon, Nevada.

Scope: The project originally involved designing and constructing a medium security, 122-bed adult and juvenile Regional Correctional Facility intended to house long and short-term offenders, as an alternative to transporting them an average of 360 miles to the existing Owyhee Detention Facility, which is currently the only correctional facility in Nevada suitable for tribal prisoners. However, due to budget limitations and additional analysis of recent crime data, the size and scope of the project has been subsequently altered.

The project currently involves designing and constructing a 24-bed, 11,000 +/- square foot, medium security regional sentenced detention facility intended to accommodate adult males.

The project is being delivered in conjunction with planning grants awarded to FPST and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

Status: The project has not yet commenced. FPST has identified a site and is in the process of completing remaining National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements including conducting a 30-day public review period, which is scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2014. If no questions, comments, or objections are received from the public, NEPA clearance via a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is anticipated by September 2014.

FPST intends to utilize a traditional design-bid-build approach to project delivery and anticipates issuing a request for proposals for architectural and engineering (A/E) services upon completion of the NEPA process.

It is estimated that the project’s duration, including design, construction, and close-out will be between 18 and 24 months, and will in commence in the fall of 2014 upon the execution of an A/E services contract.  Substantial completion is expected by spring/summer of 2016, and final completion and grant close-out is expected by fall/winter 2016.