Colville tribal member Curtis Abrahamson works on the foundation of a dormitory building at the Colville Tribal Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Feb. 15.

KELLER – Driving south out of Keller along State Route 21, one can see the community changing with construction of the Colville Tribes’ Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in full swing.

As of Feb. 25, a logging crew had cleared the land and were burning brush piles on the property on the Meadow Creek bench.

The construction crew, though working slowly through the winter months, had begun pouring foundations.

According to Carl Clausen, construction superintendent for Leone and Keeble, crews had completed the foundation and installation of plumbing for the administration building and a future day care, begun working on the foundation of one dormitory, completed a deep basement and began excavation for the foundation for the other dormitory.

In total, construction has seen 39 employees, 22 of whom are Colville tribal members or have preference.

Construction is expected to take 18 months.

In total, the treatment center will be approximately 30,000 square feet, which includes the administration/treatment and service facility, a men’s dorm, a women’s dorm and the day care.

The facility is expected to create approximately 60 jobs.

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