Bay Mills Indian Community –
Construction of a Multi-Purpose Justice Center

Grant Amount: $994,815

Location: The Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) is a Native American community comprising one of the many Sault Ste. Marie bands of Chippewa Indians. BMIC is located near the banks of Lake Superior on the rural Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, approximately 25 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The reservation encompasses 3,549 acres of mostly trust-held land in Chippewa County, and has an enrolled membership of approximately 1,500. The site selected for the project is flat and undeveloped, and located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Spectacle Lake Road and Lakeshore Drive, Brimley, Michigan.

Scope: The project involves designing and constructing the Bay Mills Indian Community Multipurpose Justice Center (MJC). The MJC will house Tribal Court, Law Enforcement, and Victim Services, and serve a number of purposes including enhancing security for police and court personnel safety, separating victims and perpetrators for their safety and security, providing secure and adequate space for evidence storage, and providing a temporary holding area. The one-story, 7,680 square foot structure will consist of offices for tribal court and law enforcement, judge’s chambers, jury deliberation, two temporary holding cells, storage rooms, and a secure sally port. Site work will be performed and paid for by the tribe.

Status: The project is complete. The project received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance via a Finding of No Significant Impact in March 2013. BMIC utilized a design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded an architectural and engineering services contract to Integrated Designs Inc. (IDI) of Marquette, Michigan. IDI completed the construction documents in June 2013 and BMIC competitively awarded a general construction contract to Roy Electric Company (REC) of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in July 2013. 

Construction commenced in August 2013 and reached substantial completion in February 2014.  BMIC accepted beneficial occupancy of the building in March 2014 pending the completion of weather dependent activities including final paving and landscaping, which were subsequently completed in July 2014.