New Tribal Building Is Service Central

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The new structure on the Tonto Apache Reservation is called an administration building, but it will really be Service Central.

Not only will the 19,000-square-feet house administrative offices, it will also provide space for just about every service offered by the tribal government, Jerry Holland, tribal controller, said.

The northeast side will house the tribal court system, along with offices for the prosecutor, probation and benefits. The center section will include the reception area and a meeting room with capacity for 100 people. The southwest side of the building is for the mail and copy room; purchasing, finance and controller's offices; a day care center; plus a dining room and kitchen.

Both wings will feature conference rooms.

The second floor of the center section of the building will be where the offices for the tribal council chair and vice chair are located, Holland said.

The facility also will include the tribal administrator's office; the economic development office; grants and human resources offices; the diabetes service office; and a community health services office.

In addition, there will be an information center for the Tonto Apache people with computers donated from the Gates Foundation and books from the reservation library.

The building will feature state-of-the-art technology, Holland said: voice and data cabling throughout, including two outlets for each in each office; coaxial cable in some offices, as well as the dining and conference rooms; a local area network; a T-1 line; fire alarm, sprinkler and security systems.

The project, which has been the main focus of tribal efforts for several months, was started late last fall. The plan is to move into the building by mid-August, Holland said. Right now, the tribe is getting bids on the paving.

The whole project is under the direction of Mangas Construction, owned by tribal member Ivan Smith. Holland said the cost is about $1.9 million.

Once the move is made, the buildings currently occupied by the various tribal services will be moved, except the day care center, which will become the police facility, Nathaniel Campbell, court administrator, said.

The tribal gaming office will remain in its existing facility, Holland said.

When the new building is occupied and everyone is settled in, there are plans for an open house in the fall, including a barbecue.

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