Cherokee CRC completes construction of new dormitories at Riverside Indian School

October 30, 2014

Cherokee CRC staff members gather in front of the new dorms at Riverside Indian School after a dedication ceremony.

CNB officials join dignitaries and students for dedication ceremony

TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee CRC, a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has completed a two-year project for the construction of two dormitories at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko. CCRC staff recently joined officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, school dignitaries and students for a dedication ceremony of the new facilities.

“We are proud of our CCRC team and its successful completion of this project,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Any work we do to serve other Native Americans is of the highest importance, especially when that work supports the needs of tribal youth. It is important to remember that this project is more than a place for the students to live, it’s an investment in the preservation of Native culture.”

Each dorm has four wings with 12 rooms as well as its own living room, small kitchen, laundry room and restroom. There are also four reserved rooms that feature special accommodations for students with disabilities. The wings are joined together by the main entrance and the common room which has lounge-style furniture, pool tables, foosball and more.

The project is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, which means special considerations were made so the construction and operations of the buildings would be eco-friendly. LEED aims to save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthier environments for occupants and communities. CCRC used regionally sourced materials with high-recycled content and was able to divert 99 percent of jobsite waste from landfills.

“The LEED certification shows our commitment to Riverside’s continued success in hopes that it may thrive for future generations,” said Cheryl Cohenour, executive general manager for CCRC. “The buildings will cost less to operate and will reduce energy and water costs by as much as 40 percent. This frees up valuable resources that can be used to advance classroom technology, fund teacher pay and support the needs of the student body.”

The facilities were designed to withstand severe weather and provide safe rooms that exceed FEMA standards. The common rooms in each dorm double as the safe rooms and have 12-inch-thick reinforced concrete walls and concrete roofs. The doors and windows were tested in a laboratory with debris traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. These measures ensure the safe rooms can survive a direct hit from an F-5 tornado.

“More than 800 students attend Riverside Indian School, and their safety and well-being are our top priority,” said Jodie Gilbert, project manager for CCRC. “It is vital that the students and staff feel safe and that they, as well as the community, have access to a secure shelter when they need it most.”