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Pokagon Band Health & Wellness Center - 7gen

Pokagon Band Health & Wellness Center


Indigenous Healthcare


Dowagiac, Michigan


Project Management, Architecture, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

2015 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) | Southwest Michigan Chapter

The new $12 million, 35,000 SF Wellness Center provides the Tribal citizens of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians with a state-of-art medical and physical rehabilitation facility for quality, local health services. The Pokagon Wellness Center offers direct patient care in the areas of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of acute and chronic illness, with an emphasis on health and wellness.

As the architect of record, civil engineer, and interior designer on this Construction Manager (CM) project, Seven Generations managed and coordinated all design disciplines, managed the LEED Gold certification process, is coordinated with the Tribal Council, its Owner Representative and the Construction Manager, and provided extensive Construction Administration Services.

The Center features a medical clinic, dental suite, pharmacy, traditional healing area, and behavioral health services, and a wellness center that includes physical therapy and health education areas and a fitness facility for the citizens and their families. The facility is zoned for patient privacy and security in accordance with HIPAA Guidelines, in addition to allowing accessibility for use of the fitness center after clinic hours. The challenge for the design team was to provide a safe, secure, and private facility that would allow clients to access each function separately. The layout separates the major functions along a spine that allows direct access to and from each wing. The administration area functions as a link between the two major areas. The functional areas within each wing are designed for flexibility, but separate for efficiency. The design also allows for the future addition of a gymnasium and a pool.

The crew on the project.

Scott Winchester, AIA

Project Manager

Michael Hawarny, AIA LEED AP

Project Architect


Project Architect | Construction Administration

Rick Slone

Senior Architectural Technical Manager

Providing a place of healing and restoration.

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