Published December 15, 2015
FORT HALL, IDAHO —The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are moving forward with the ‘Project Recovery Plan’ to secure an Architectural & Engineering firm to provide professional design and construction administrative services for the new casino project. In November, the Fort Hall Business Council announced the termination of professional architectural services from Thalden-Boyd-Emery Architects of Saint Louis, MO.
The Plan calls for issuing Request for Proposals (RFP) to the four pre-qualified architect firms that were originally interviewed in 2014 and gave conceptual proposals to design the new Casino. To date, three firms responded with a letter of interest and one declined. According to Jack Ridgeway, the Tribes contracted Owners Representative for the casino project, “The next step is meeting with the three firms to further interview for the job. In order to continue with the casino project, the Tribes are looking for a firm that best provides the resources for design, quality, cost, schedule management and cultural understanding of the Tribes.”
The three architect and engineering firms that have expressed interest in the project are: FFKR of Salt Lake City, Utah; Womer & Associates of Spokane, Washington (Indian owned & TERO certified); Worth Group of Denver, Colorado (with offices in Seattle, Washington & Las Vegas, Nevada). A tribal selection committee has been created called the ‘Architects Interview Committee’ that will consist of 6 members from within the tribal government and four at-large members from the Tribes. The committee roles & responsibilities are to facilitate a quality proposal from each firm on the scope of work and present their qualifications and preliminary approach for the project. Any and all proposals are given a legal review by the Tribes legal counsel. The winning contracted architecture firm will be announced in early January 2016.
The new casino project will connect to the west side of the existing Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center. The new casino will be 70,000 square feet and features a gaming floor to hold 1,000 slot machines, a high end buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a bar/lounge built on the gaming floor and a 24/7 food service court. Construction will average 90 jobs for a 16-month construction period, and a formal groundbreaking has been scheduled for early spring 2016.