FAQs > About the Project

  1. What is the project?
  2. What is the vision?
  3. What is the project name?
  4. Where will it be?
  5. How long has this project been planned?
  6. Who has been involved?
  7. What departments will be housed at two waters?
  8. What will it look like?
  9. How is it being funded?
  10. How will the Community members be kept informed about the project?
  11. How will Friendship Park be affected by the construction?
  12. Where will SRPMIC Administration staff be working during construction?
  13. 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 been planned?

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 progress.

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 opens.

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 locations.

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 toni.harvier@srpmic-nsn.gov.