In August of 2015, Granger Construction completed building the new Gun Lake Tribal Government Campus. This new campus was built for members of the Gun Lake Tribe of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomie Indians.
This contract was for Construction Management at Risk services. It involved construction of five separate buildings on a 44-acre parcel.
The new Gun Lake Tribal Government Campus was built to house 16 different tribal departments. These departments were previously housed in multiple locations, including strip mall space. These five new buildings included:
- Administration Building – A two-story, 52,000 SF facility where the tribe conducts day-to-day business
- Health & Human Services Building – A single-story, 16,000 SF facility that serves as the tribe’s health and wellness center
- Public Safety Building – A single-story, 17,000 SF facility that houses the tribal police department and jail
- Tribal Court Building – A single-story, 9,000 SF facility with a high cylinder-domed clearstory to provide natural light in the court room
- Public Works Building – A single-story, 16,000 SF structure with a large mezzanine for storage and future IT needs
Unique Design Elements:
The project team built every structure on the Gun Lake Tribal Government campus, with the exception of the DPW Building, from radiuses. These created circular complexes and featured wood patterns on the exterior precast.
These buildings were located around a central green space for tribal ceremonies and gatherings, which includes outdoor gardens and a water feature.
While the project was not intended to meet LEED certification, Granger implemented many sustainable elements including:
- Sustainable building materials
- Geothermal energy for 90% of the heating and cooling
- Recycled ash trees from nearby Jijak Camp for interior wood finishes