Paskenta Community Complex

Corning, California

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians built a government and community services campus in Corning, CA.

Travois New Markets provided consulting services to help the tribe secure New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing. Chickasaw Nation Community Development Endeavor (CNCDE) provided $13 million in NMTC to help finance the project. U.S. Bank is the equity investor.

The project includes:

  • the renovation and expansion of a health clinic
  • new construction of an 11,000-square-foot tribal administration building
  • new construction of a 17,200-square-foot community center

Travois Design provided architectural services for the administration building and the community center. Travois architects worked closely with the Tribal Council to incorporate cultural significance and elements that reflect the tribe’s history, core values and symbols in the design.

The tribal administrative building houses all tribal administrative staff and multiple conference rooms for council meetings and other gatherings. The design is a modern interpretation of the culturally significant round house. The building features a central atrium and a living wall (with a built-in irrigation system for plants to grow vertically along the wall) that extends through an oculus skylight. The exterior spaces include balconies, patios and a roof terrace and use wooden elements, trellises, awnings and louvers that contribute to the building’s energy efficiency.

The community center includes a large multipurpose space that can accommodate up to 730 people, a commercial kitchen, lounge business center, private meeting rooms, a community room and outdoor space. In a symbolic gesture of invitation to the community, angled columns extend from the community center.

The project created 148 construction jobs and 5 permanent jobs and retains 80 jobs.


  • Native Organization: Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
  • Design and Construction Features
  • Date Closed with Investor: 2019
  • Date Completed: 2021
  • Development Type: Government Center
  • Project Status: Complete