Tribally-owned design firm Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering (7GAE) is honored to celebrate ten years of successful operations benefiting the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. On February 7, 2012, 7GAE was founded by Mno-Bmadsen to strengthen and diversify the economic development of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Today, the firm pauses to reflect on its growth and express gratitude toward those who made it possible.
Seven Generations A+E began in 2012 as part of Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming investment arm of the Pokagon Band. At the time of formation, the Pokagon Band was embarking on a number of design and construction projects, and the creation of a Tribally-owned AE firm generated the opportunity to capture the spend and reinvest back into the economic development of the Tribe. “The creation of 7GAE reflected our philosophy,” shared Troy Clay, former President and CEO of Mno-Bmadsen and current CEO of Noo-Kayet Investments. “It answered the question, what can we do now to benefit the Pokagon Band and serve the next seven generations?” The name Seven Generations reflects that philosophy, ensuring that actions benefit future generations’ cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability.
A lot has changed at 7GAE in a decade. In 2012, the company began with just five employees and one client. Today, the firm employs more than 80 people across the United States. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the firm is heavily involved in the local community, contributing to the built environment through projects like supporting Tribal markers demarcating former reservations and working with local health systems. In addition, 7GAE works with dozens of Tribes on vital design and construction projects to support current and future generations and their Sovereignty. The firm has worked with many Federal Agencies, including the Indian Health Service (IHS), the National Parks Service (NPS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The 7GAE family has also grown through the creation of the Bodwé Professional Services Group and the introduction of the Steelhead Engineering Company.
“The 10th anniversary of 7GAE is significant for us,” remarked 7GAE President Karl Kowalske. “It’s a reminder of how many people have contributed to our success and development. We are grateful to the Tribe for allowing us this opportunity to make a difference through design while engaged in fulfilling, meaningful work.”
None of this would have been possible without our exceptionally committed team members, past and present. J. Scott Winchester, 7GAE Tribal Liaison and Member of the Pokagon Band, shares one constant at the company: “The people at 7GAE really want to do good for underserved communities. That’s what makes this company different. That’s what makes us unique.”
Throughout 2022, Seven Generations A+E will mark its 10th Anniversary with content highlighting its Tribal, federal, and community clients and its sister companies within the Bodwé Professional Services Group and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.