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Gila River Indian Community District 3 Multipurpose Center

Curves Reflect Cycle Of Life And The Importance Of Gathering

Staying connected and building community are central to the culture of the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Ariz. The recently built 48,577-square-foot Gila River Indian Community District 3 multipurpose building gives the community an opportunity to express its values and gather in a central location. Curves, reflecting the spatial elements of time, life and wellness, were created with Flex-C Trac from Flex-Ability Concepts. The design team says curves’ organic nature and response to cultural influences were a natural fit for this project.

“The facility, designed as nine concentric circles tied to the Tree of Life, flows around the concept of having community members participate directly and interact with each other, encouraging storytelling, communication, and interaction through activities and learning, a place to learn about mind and body wellness, addressing the cultural values of the Gila River Indian community,” the architects said in a statement. The design architect was Carlos A. Murrieta, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, NOMA, co-founder/principal of Merge Architectural Group in Phoenix, and the architect of record is Travis Irvine, NCARB, LEED AP, from ID Studio, Phoenix.

The drywall and framing installer was Design Drywall West Inc., Tempe, Ariz. The crew installed: 29 pieces of 18-gauge 6-inch, 125 pieces of 16-gauge 6-inch and 27 pieces of 20-gauge 6-inch Flex-C Trac. L & W Supply, El Paso, Texas, was the distributor. Flex-C Trac was installed near the center of the building and was chosen for its ability to adapt to the tight curves of the design.

The Design Drywall West crew turned to Flex-Ability Concepts’ products to create curves with labor and material cost savings. While they are skilled at creating curves with conventional materials, with Flex-C Trac, the installers can curve the track by hand. Flex-C Trac also has Hammer-Lock tabs that are hammered into place to embed them into the web and secure the shape of the products. For added strength, self-tapping screws can be embedded into the side of Flex-C Trac.

The center’s grand opening took place in spring 2022. The building features administration services, community hall functions, a gymnasium, main kitchen to serve the community for social functions, separate elder’s kitchen and dining room to serve the community elders, and additional spaces for the elders. The building also has an outdoor pool with a separate restroom/locker building.

“The D3 multipurpose center is the last service center to be constructed within the Gila River Indian Community and is expected to increase the standard of living for its tribal members, allowing for enhanced services and accommodations for all age groups, especially tribal elders,” said Benny Dixson, senior project manager for the Gila River Indian Community. “The goal of the new building is to increase participation in services regarding programs for health and education improvement, along with typical service center community responsibilities.”

Photography courtesy of X3 Photography.

About Flex-Ability Concepts

Flex Ability Concepts logoFlex-Ability Concepts pioneered the development of flexible framing products. Patented Flex-C Trac can be curved by hand on the jobsite and is the brand by which all others are measured. Flex-Ability Concepts has continued to add new sizes and gauges to its Flex-C Trac product offering. Other products include Flex-C Angle; Flex-C Arch; Flex-C Header; Quick Qurve Plate; and Three Legged Dog, a complete line of deflection clips. For more information about Flex-Ability Concepts and its products for commercial and residential applications, call (866) 443-3539 or visit https://flexabilityconcepts.com.

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