A $31 million building project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is about 25% complete.
Construction on the new Pine Ridge Justice Center started in June this year. Currently the project is two weeks ahead of schedule and is estimated to be complete in March of 2014.
The center is more than 93,000 square feet, with three different wings.
Development Compliance Manager Monica Terkildsen says their current buildings are either outdated, full, or on the other side of the reservation. So the need for the new center is huge, "We'll be able to have access to our judges here we'll be able to have access to our attorney generals, to our law enforcement, to our administration, and to our detentions so it's going to be really nice where people can access all these services in one spot," said Terkildsen.
The project is also helping the community by providing jobs for people in the area, "We've got a lot of local contractors, some out of Rapid City and some out of Denver and some from the actual reservation itself and [we're] getting really great participation," said Project Superintendent Eric Hanson.
Terkildsen says they will also build homes for law enforcement in the community so officers don't have to commute such long distances every day.