The Shoshone-Bannock Wellness Board developed a plan for a new wellness center and sports complex to be built on the Fort Hall Reservation. The facility will provide a central location for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ indoor and outdoor recreation programs and health/wellness promotion and education. Components of the site and facility include: fitness center, gymnasium with elevated track, tournament basketball courts, indoor swimming pool, outdoor playfields, skate park, aerobic/dance studios, boxing gym, health education classrooms, diabetes education center, elders’ gathering area, arts & crafts and game rooms, indoor/outdoor play areas, meditation paths, public and private meeting rooms, cafeteria, and offices.
Elder Gathering Room
Elders are a very honored part of the Shoshone-Bannock community. A special room suited for Tribal Elder Members was an important part of the project. This space was designed with natural colors and warm textures to provide a comfortable place to either relax or hold more social gatherings.
Basketball is an exciting sport for all ages in the community, including small and large tournament games. This gym includes 6 basketball backboards, as well as accommodations for volleyball and boxing. Clearstory windows provide natural light, and blackout curtains as needed. There is also state of the art AV technology designed for community meetings.
The design for this pool was to invite families in for exercise and entertainment. Features include a water slide, a lazy river, and a shallow wading area.
The lobby was designed to be an open welcoming space that includes cultural representations from Shoshone-Bannock tribal design patterns and imagery. Colors, patterns and symbolic natural elements are a part of the exterior and interior design framework. A bridge for the running track is suspended at level 2 is a feature that sits in front of the 2 story tilted curtain wall at the main entrance doors.
The design for this area of the pool is for exercise as well as swimming and diving competitions. Spectator seating sits at a raised area for viewing.
The design for the overall project focused on wellness in the community. Some rooms were designed for private health consultations, education, and research.