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Hoopa Valley Tribe - 1995 Project

Project Overview
Tribe/Awardee: Hoopa Valley Tribe
Location: Hoopa, CA
Project Title: Energy Efficient Youth Center
Type of Application: Deployment
DOE Grant Number: DE-FG48-95R810570
Project Amounts:
DOE: $64,500
Awardee: $13,759
Total: $78,259
Project Status: Complete  More
Project Period
of Performance:
Start: September 1995
End: September 1996

Project Description


The Hoopa Valley Tribe is located in remote area about 45 miles from the nearest city. There is not much to keep the youth busy. The tribe purchased a 3,672-square-foot metal building and dedicated it to be used as a youth center. The tribe has experienced a high energy cost to operate the building in the past due to the buildings' inefficient design. The building had no wall insulation, no air conditioning, an inadequate propane heater, three separate electrical sub-panels, and wiring which was inefficient for the tribe's needs.

Goals and Objectives

To improve the energy efficiency of the youth center, as well as the equipment and appliances contained therein.

Project Actions and Resultant Data

The youth center opened its doors on Dec. 14, 1996. Although the tribe had many set backs during the renovation phase, the project has been a success overall. The new youth center now houses a video room, fitness room, multi-purpose room, and a snack bar. The tribe was able to properly equip the building with the necessities to assure a safe and comfortable environment for the youth.

The photomontage shows aspects of the project superimposed on a photograph of the Hoopa reservation.  The individual photos show  an exterior shot of the Youth Center building; rolls of fiberglass insulation prior to installation; a detail of the wall framing; and a young Hoopa Valley tribal member on a stepladder working on the project.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe purchased a 3600 square foot building for a youth center, but the energy features were wholly unsatisfactory. The walls had no insulation, there was no air conditioning, an inadequate propane heater, three separate electrical sub-panels, and insufficient and unsafe wiring. All these problems were resolved during the project, and the Youth Center opened its doors on December 14, 1996.

Detailed work plans, equipment and materials lists, and schedules for each planned building modification were completed and reviewed by a qualified energy consultant and interested parties. The soliciting of the bids and issuing purchase orders for equipment, materials, and the delivery to the youth center has been completed.

Results, Conclusions, Findings, and Recommendations

The Hoopa Valley youth now have a safe place to go. The Hoopa Valley was in great need of an energy efficient youth center. Now the tribe's youth can come to a place that will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Project Status

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Project Contact

Hoopa Valley Tribe
PO Box 1348
Hoopa, CA 95546
Telephone: (916) 625-5392