> About the Project
- What is the project?
- What is the vision?
- What is the project name?
- Where will it be?
- How long has this project been planned?
- Who has been involved?
- What departments will be housed at two waters?
- What will it look like?
- How is it being funded?
- How will the Community members be kept
informed about the project?
- How will Friendship Park be affected by
- Where will SRPMIC Administration staff
be working during construction?
- What will be the mailing address and phone
numbers for Administration during transition?
1. What is the project?
By winter 2008, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
will have a new tribal office, administration and government
complex. During design and construction, the project will
be called two waters.
2. What is the vision?
Rather than construct one mega-structure, the design team,
which consisted of the SmithGroup and D. Sloan Architects,
P.C., recommended a campus of buildings connected by shaded
walkways that will provide the Community with numerous places
to gather. The new complex will house many Community departments
in two, three-story structures connected by a two-story, shaded
outdoor bridge. The bridge will allow employees and visitors
to walk between the buildings easily. In addition to improving
the functionality of the office space, the choice of two buildings
reflects the heritage of the two tribes and the importance
of both rivers to the Akimel O’odham and Xalychidom
Piipaash. Together, the two buildings will provide 150,000
square feet of space, room to house approximately 450 employees.
The new complex will also include a round, 12,800 square-foot
council chambers to accommodate 300 people. Another round
structure, a 12,000 square-foot cafeteria, will hold 300 people
and will be open to the Community and the public. The cafeteria
will transition to an eating and gathering space adjacent
to the park and an outdoor amphitheater. A plaza will provide
additional space for Community events and more open area for
gatherings. The museum will remain at its current location
and will be open during construction.
Landscaping is under the direction of Phred Bartholomaei
of Blue Mesa Studios, Tucson, Arizona and incorporates plants
native to the Upper Sonoran Desert. The new civic complex
will be constructed as a high quality sustainable project.
3. What is the project name?
The Public Relations/Change Management committee, working
with its team members, selected the name and tagline two waters:
A Center of Leadership, Service and Community. The name reflects
the dual heritage of the two tribes and the importance of
the two rivers to the history of the SRPMIC.
4. Where will it be?
The new tribal complex will be constructed on a eight-acre
site on Osborn near Longmore Road, east of Friendship Park
and the Hoo-hoogam Ki Museum.
5. How long has this project
The project has been in the design phase for approximately
one year. A new government and civic complex has been discussed
for many years.
6. Who has been involved?
To plan and execute this project, the Community created 10
teams that, in total, involve about 60 people working on the
project, Community members, employees and consultants. The
teams include Technical, Public Relations/Change Management,
Cultural, Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E),
Park Enhancement, Cafeteria, Archive and Storage, Public Art,
Business Opportunities, and Hospitality Process, along with
the designers, contractor and consultants. In addition, each
department has designated a representative who will provide
updates for that department throughout the entire process.
7. What departments will
be housed at two waters?
The new complex will house Executive staff, General Counsel,
Administration, Budget & Records, I.T., Community Relations,
Finance, Human Resources, Community Development, Housing,
Engineering & Construction and Cultural Resources. It
will be the first time many of these government services departments
will be located together.
8. What will it look like?
The two office buildings will be three-stories high and oriented
to the views of Red Mountain. Entrances to the buildings face
east. The buildings will be shaded by landscaping, extended
overhangs and by architectural elements that diffuse and deflect
light. The interiors of both buildings are designed as flexible,
open work space. The Council chambers and the cafeteria are
one-story, round buildings.
Shaded walkways ensure a comfortable pedestrian environment.
The color palette – tones of beige, rich red iron and
zinc black – reflects the beauty of the natural desert.
Materials include concrete masonry sandblasted to expose its
aggregate, glass and zinc. A tree-lined plaza with paving
patterns that emulate the two rivers, the Salt and the Verde,
both of which are of
historical importance to the Community, will be planted with
river species trees, highlighted by cottonwoods.
9. How is it being funded?
The civic complex is being funded by a tax exempt bond that
the Community issued in April, 2005. “The reason that
we financed it this way is that the bond allows us to invest
our money and pay it off over time as the bond comes due,”
said John Parrish, Acting Treasurer of SRPMIC.
10. How will the Community
members be kept informed about the project?
A major communication effort has been launched that will
continue throughout all phases of the two waters project to
keep employees and community members well informed of its
Community members and employees will hear and see Emily Chiago
and Pacer Reina who agreed to be the “face” and
“voice” of the new civic complex to help provide
information. In addition to articles in the Au-Authm Action
News, Community members will receive news about the project
through a quarterly newsletter and other communications methods.
Employees will also receive updates via the Community Intranet.
Both Community members and employees will also stay informed
through the two waters communication group, known as H20 guides.
The entire process – from closing to demolition to groundbreaking
to completion – is being shot on video to commemorate
the transition. Video presentations will be produced to commemorate
the old building and welcome the new.
11. How will Friendship
Park be affected by the construction?
During construction Friendship Park will be closed temporarily.
It will be redesigned and rededicated when the new complex
12. Where will SRPMIC Administration
staff be working during construction?
During demolition and construction of the new complex, the
current administration staff will be working on the 3rd Floor
of the Chaparral Business Park, 8800 E. Chaparral Road. Tribal
ID’s will be taken at the Enrollment Office, located
on the 2nd floor of the Chaparral Business Park.
Other departments will continue to work from their existing
13. What will be the mailing
address and phone numbers for Administration during transition?
The mailing address remains the same, 10005 East Osborn Road,
Scottsdale AZ 85256. The phone numbers will change for Administration
department staff. The area code will remain the same, but
the new prefix will be “362" with an appropriate
extension. For the next six months, the old phone numbers
will “roll over” to the new phone numbers.
For any questions regarding Administration, please contact
Toni Harvier by phone at 480-362-7467 or by email at email@example.com.