7GAE Announces Collaboration with WholeTrees Structures
-Alliance Will Bring the Greenest Possible Structural Building Materials to the Native American Market-
Oct. 1, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI – Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, the premier tribally- owned, 8(a) and HUBZone certified architecture and engineering company, is pleased to announce the firm is teaming with WholeTrees Structures, a round timber products company focused on custom engineering services and products, to address the growing construction needs of the Native American market.
“As the name of our firm suggests, our company’s core value is sustainability for the next seven generations which coincide with WholeTrees’ mission to build prosperous relationships with forests and communities while improving the economic viability in woodland communities for the commercial construction industry,” explains Steve VandenBussche, director of architecture for Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering. “Both firms have rigorous commitments to regenerative practices in design and construction, including usage of cutting-edge digital technologies that facilitate green architecture; using materials and consuming energy in the building process in the ecologically friendly manner possible; and to remain vigilant about minimizing how their overall engineering practices impact surrounding communities.”
Seven Generations A+E has committed to use WholeTrees’ un-milled timber in three building projects this year:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s New Pow Wow Arbor. WholeTrees provided structural engineering and prefabricated timbers that were sustainably sourced from Northwestern Douglas Fir stands.
Pokagon Band Health and Wellness Center. WholeTrees will supply innovative small diameter timber sway frames for the Pokagon Activity Center ceiling as well as corridor beams. These materials will be made of regionally-sourced red pine, which is a culturally-significant softwood of the Potawatomi.
Pokagon Justice and Peace Center. WholeTrees will provide White Oak exterior entryways, interior corridor beams, a solar shade and a dramatic arched fire pit. All materials will be sourced from regional forests.
“We are truly honored to collaborate with Seven Generations A+E and foresee a long-term partnership whereby we delivery the greenest possible un-milled timber products to the larger tribal marketplace,” says Amelia Baxter, chief executive officer of WholeTrees. “In addition to co-marketing and mutual storytelling, we will share 3D digital models for building information modeling systems as well as the potential for data and inventory management on Potawatomi timber stands marked for sustainable harvests.”
Seven Generations A+E was founded in 2012 by Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming investment arm of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. As a tribally-owned firm, Seven Generations A+E has expanded its practice to include all of Indian Country. WholeTrees, as a timber products company and technology developer, has found Native American tribes value and at times require regenerative design and construction practices. Working together, both Seven Generations A+E and WholeTrees are committing to best practices to meet their own stated missions and visions of green building while meeting the needs of a growing marketplace of tribal innovators in sustainable construction.
ABOUT SEVEN GENERATIONS ARCHITECTURE + ENGINEERING
Founded in 2012, Seven Generations A+E is a tribally-owned, 8(a), small disadvantaged, HUBZone business with expertise in architecture, interior design, planning and construction. With a focus on environmental stewardship, the firm specializes in the federal, state, municipal, commercial and tribal markets from its headquarters in Kalamazoo, MI. To learn more about the company, please visit www.7genae.com.
Mno-Bmadsen is the non-gaming investment arm of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. This independently managed instrumentality was launched in 2012 with the mandate to diversify the Tribe’s business interests, revenue streams and wealth for future generations. Headquartered in Dowagiac, MI, Mno-Bmadsen’s key strategic investment goals are to buy, hold and grow its portfolios, which currently are Services, Manufacturing and Real Estate. To learn more, please visit www.Mno-Bmadsen.com.
ABOUT WHOLETREES STRUCTURES
About WholeTrees Structures: WholeTrees Structures, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, was founded in 2007 by Roald Gundersen, AIA, and Amelia Baxter. WholeTrees provides architectural services and products for custom applications of round timber in construction; engineering and consultation; project management and sub-contracting; and cutting-edge research and development of technologies that enable the forest products industry to sell round-timber, making buildings stronger and forests profitable. WholeTrees was a winning recipient of the 2015 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. WholeTrees is affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, and is an AIA Continuing Education Service Provider. WholeTrees is a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). More information is available at www.wholetrees.com.
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