Client: Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Location: Atmore, Alabama
Status: Completed in 2015
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, a Native American tribe located in southern Alabama, has contracted with TSW to conduct the Poach Band of Creek Indians Master Plan & Space Study to determine existing and future needs. The reservation, which is marked by a disjointed collection of buildings with a design that does not reflect their Tribal values, required a comprehensive and holistic approach to address the current and future needs of the community.
The space study titled, Poach Band of Creek Indians Master Plan & Space Study, conducted by TSW, began with an in-depth series of online surveys and one-on-one interviews with the head of every administrative department to determine space needs. These needs, along with standards developed by TSW, were used to develop a master plan and building programs to meet immediate needs, as well as serve as an ongoing guide for space and facility decisions made by the Tribe.
The Poach Band of Creek Indians Master Plan & Space Study, looks at the entire reservation, including administrative buildings, a youth center, police and fire station, parking facilities, and creative stormwater treatments. This plan carefully preserves the historic Tribal Council Chambers but envisions a series of façade improvements to upgrade existing buildings, as well as new buildings to create a stronger sense of place. The plan aims to reflect the cultural and traditional values of the community and create a sense of belonging for the tribe members.
A detailed facilities analysis conducted by TSW also informed the recommendations of the master plan. The resulting database now allows the Tribe to maintain an up-to-date record of the condition of every building and system and prioritize maintenance and renovation decisions. This will ensure that the reservation is maintained and developed in a sustainable and efficient manner, addressing the current and future needs of the community.
In summary, TSW has been contracted by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, a Native American tribe located in southern Alabama, to conduct the Master Plan & Space Study to determine existing and future needs of the reservation. The space study, master plan, and facilities analysis have been developed to reflect the cultural and traditional values of the community, create a sense of belonging, and address the current and future needs of the tribe members. The plan also includes the preservation of historic buildings and facilities analysis to ensure sustainable development of the reservation.