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Santee to host ground-breaking for family center

January 9, 2019 GMT

SANTEE — A groundbreaking and blessing to celebrate construction of the new Santee Sioux Nation Family Resource Center is set for Thursday.

The event will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the corner of Wounded Man Avenue and Visiting Eagle Street in Santee. Refreshments will be served following the event.

Located on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Northeast Nebraska, the new center will be a combination of a child advocacy center and services/support center to be a safe, private and positive space for the community.

The building houses services related to family healing and forensic investigations of children who may have suffered sexual and physical abuse. It contains spaces for supervised family interaction and foster parent training.

Private interview and observation rooms provide an environment for people to share their experiences with authorities. Conceived as a pair of interlocking squares that formalize a program of reunion, one side of the building houses private examination rooms with a discrete entrance and the other, a large room and kitchen for family reunification. Service spaces and a restroom separate the two sides and provide an acoustical buffer.

This project is part of a collaboration between the Santee Sioux Nation and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. This resource center was designed by University of Nebraska architecture students in PLAIN (a design-build initiative) with Actual Architecture Co. as the architect of record.

Work on the center began late in 2015 as collaboration between The Santee Sioux Tribal Council, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and the 2015-16 design Research Studio (now collectively known as PLAIN).

Over the spring semester of 2016, the design was completed. Final plans allowed the partners to raise funds and begin negotiations with construction professionals.

The efforts paid off through material donations of brick (Glen-Gery Brick/ IMI), windows (Acadia) and deductions of the CLT walls (Structurlam) and in kind donations of services from engineers, Shaffer and Stevens.