Expanding Tribal Health Services

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation needed medical facilities for its people in the Mission Valley. Their original 1960s-era facility had a clinic and mental health services, and areas for X-ray, audiology, diabetes education, and physical therapy.

In the beginning, the project was broken up into several phases: Hazardous materials cleanup prior to construction, preparation and demolishing a section of the existing structure, constructing a new building, and remodeling the existing structure.

During the last phase, the owner secured more funding that nearly doubled the money they had to work with. They put it into the project, which posed many new design challenges for the team but provided the owner with a building that was better than expected.

As a result of this project, the clinic has been able to hire 150 more people in medical professions on the reservation. With more space, they are able to serve more people throughout the Mission Valley who don’t have to go to nearby Missoula for basic medical care needs.