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Turtle Band wins award for housing project

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Richard Schroeder of the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, accepted recognition for the APWA Public Works Project of the Year, Oct. 18 at the North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck, N.D. The award, presented by representatives of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Public Works Association recognizes The Kent Addition, Emergency Replacement Housing, as the winning project for small communities.

In 2001, residents of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation became sick, experiencing medical ailments that seemed to be growing in epidemic proportions. Further investigation lead to the realization that many homes were completely contaminated as a result of the mold infestation and that the only way to insure eradication would be to provide replacement housing for the affected homes, as quickly as possible. The project scope included incorporating all infrastructures and supporting facilities (i.e.); site grading, roads, curb and gutter, water supply, sewer collection, street lighting, foundations) necessary for the replacement housing, for a bid opening within 10 days. As bid, the project included 50 houses and appurtenances. The project was expanded in Oct. 2001 to include an addition of 25 duplex living units, to be obtained from the Minot Air Force Base through the Walking Shield Program, as well as, the necessary supporting infrastructure and appurtenances.

The APWA Public Works project of the year award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together complete public works projects.

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