Thanks to the input of our clients, the dedication of our partners, and the commitment of the Seven Generations AE team, we are proud to share the completion of multiple award-winning projects in 2019.
The Tribal Court and Peacemaking Center in Dowagiac, Michigan, winner of the Southwest Michigan AIA Honor Award for Design in 2017, was opened to the community this December. A circular Tribal Court room and an adjacent Peacemaking room with an indoor peacemaking fire will support Native Justice for generations to come.
Earning the SWMI AIA Honor Award for Unbuilt Work this November was the Keshena Falls Restoration Proposal. Located in Keshena, Wisconsin, this project puts forward an outdoor extension of their cultural museum including a comprehensive trail plan visitor pavilion. The project will also facilitate the reintroduction of sturgeon below Keshena Falls, a species which is integral to the culture of the Menominee Nation.
Gateway to the North Master Plan for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians was a multi-phase project, recently recognized by the Construction in Indian Country Committee. Earning the Outstanding Design and Planning Achievement Award, this project proposes much needed housing in Manistee, Michigan. Future phases of the project will include multi-family housing, retail establishments, an outdoor entertainment center, as well as hiking and cycling trails.
Storytelling and cultural sensitivity are the center of our projects; we look for ways to connect to our audience, and our work is enhanced by the way we embrace technology in our industry. With the addition of a 3D scanner, our team can document existing buildings in a fraction of the time required by traditional methods. To enhance our workflow a 3D printer has been added to our toolkit, translating ideas into physical form.
While we brought in new technology in the last year, it is only as effective as the people using it. We would like to thank our team members who have helped us realize a successful 2019. Joining us this year are:
- Brian Kwekel, Project Manager with twenty years of experience in multi-family, corporate, custom residential, and sustainable design;
- Sarah Munchow, Project Coordinator with experience in K-12 education and sustainable design;
- Geselle Neal, Architectural Associate with a background in healthcare design;
- David Soloff, Vice President of Operations with background in aviation and industrial architecture and federal programs;
- Meredith Hutton, Office Manager with a background in advertising and marketing;
- Alischia Chun-Hung, student in Interior Design at Western Michigan University;
- Scott Grove, Senior Business Development Coordinator with over 20 years of experience in marketing and business development;
- and Jake Elliot, Head Storyteller – Videography and Photography, recent graduate of the Film and Television Production program at Michigan State University.