Tribal Engineering

Lower Brule Justice Center, Lower Brule, SDRosebud_Justice1
Dollar Value: $9.4 Million
Square Footage: 37,800 SF
Owners: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Architect: KKE Architects
General Contractor: RM Rangel , Inc.

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Justice Center is a 37,800 S.F. detention facility that was constructed in Lower Brule, South Dakota. The Justice Center houses 22 juvenile beds and 38 adult beds and contains support facilities including kitchen, laundry, educational classrooms and library, multi-purpose, exercise areas, and administrative office areas. The building is a two-story structure constructed with precast exterior walls, precast hollowcore floor planks, and light-gage metal roof trusses to form the hipped metal roofs.


Rosebud VA CemeteryRosebud_Veterans_Cemetery1
Dollar Value: $5,135,000
Square Footage: 4 Buildings
Totaling 7140 SF on 14 acres
Owners: Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Architect: Wyss Associates with MOA Architecture
General Contractor: Scull Construction Service

There are (4) buildings on the Rosebud VA Cemetery site: An Administration Building, Service Building, Committal Shelter, and Storage Structure.
A steel framed open canopy welcomes visitors to the Administration Building into the entry rotunda of glass and cmu pilasters. The main building has curved cmu exterior walls supported on spread footings.
The Service Building is attached to the back side of the Administration Building. It also has cmu exterior walls supporting steel roof joists.


Wakpa Sica Roconciliation Place, Ft. Pierre, SD Wakpa_Sica2
Dollar Value:
$9.8 Million (Constructed)
$7 Million (Future)
Square Footage:
25,850 SF (Constructed)
34,000 SF (Future)
Owners: Wakpa Sica Historical Society
Architect: Great Horse Group
General Contractor: RM Rangel, Inc.

Located along the banks of the Missouri River near Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, the Wakpa Sica Recociliation Place has been constructed on the very site where Captain Meriweather Lewis and William Clark first met with Chief Black Buffalo and representative of the great Sioux Tribes of the north central North American continent. The Reconciliation Place will serve as a gathering place for three main functions: A Reconciliation Center for Tribal Cultural History and Sioux Nation Archives; a Visitor Interpretive Center for Lewis and Clark Facilities and Missouri River Economic History; and the Sioux Nation Tribal Supreme Court.

The 25,850 square foot Cultural Center will house two of the three main functions. The Center includes an open two-story exhibit museum and theater space that includes gift shop and circular shaped drum room teaching areas. The Center also has a large single-story area that will provide artifact reparation, classroom and lunchroom space with serving kitchen, as well as office and general storage space. The Center is a steel framed structure with light-gage metal stud walls.

A future 34,000 square foot arc-shaped Judicial Center will house the Sioux Nation Tribal Supreme Court as well as provide general office space for lease. The main floor of the $5 million, two-story Center will include an open two-story circular Tribal Supreme Court Room with overlooking balcony, supporting Legal Library, conference rooms and various office space. The second floor of the facility will provide office space for lease as well as access to the Supreme Court balcony. The center portion of the facility is currently planned as an open, two-story, space with connecting bridge-like walkways. The building has been designed through the schematic phase, and is planned generally as a steel framed structure with steel joist and non-composite concrete floor and light-gage metal stud exterior walls. The library portion of the facility is currently planned as masonry cavity wall construction.

Connecting the two Centers is an open two-story Welcome Center & Lobby that has currently been framed out as a custom steel canopy structure adjacent to the Cultural Center. The steel canopy structure was custom designed using tubular steel as a value engineered solution to the more expensive space-framed roof proprietary structure and received an award for steel erection by the construction industry.