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, mental health services, and areas for X-ray, audiology, diabetes education, and physical therapy. The tribe decided to build the St. Ignatius Community Health Clinic, which has expanded its services so locals can receive care in their community and don’t have to drive to nearby Missoula for basic medical care. As a result of this project, the clinic has also been able to hire 150 more people in medical professions on the reservation and start programs and services they couldn’t house before this facility was built.

Initially, the project was divided into several phases: Hazardous materials cleanup before construction, preparation and demolishing a section of the existing structure, constructing a new building, and remodeling of 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 better building than expected.