The 11,000 SF health center for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (HBMI) provides a wide array of services under one roof, within walking distance to most of the reservation’s residents. The center offers doctor and nurse practitioner services, a diabetes program, nutritional services, exercise room, behavioral services, substance abuse counseling, and domestic violence response programming. Nearby nature trails offer added opportunity for wellness. The health center is located across from the tribe’s gym and recreation center and gathers many of HBMI’s health services into one building.
In addition to the design of the building, WBRC provided architectural coordination with local utility companies, site design of new parking lot, circulation areas, and stormwater treatment systems. The project required submissions to the Maine Department of Environment Protection (MDEP) and the Town of Houlton. The center was designed to meet LEED Silver specifications.
This important community resource was jointly funded by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and competitively awarded funds from HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant program (ICDBG), Indian Health Services, and USDA Rural Development.