Pokagon Band’s Wellness Center awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

January 2, 2017, (Kalamazoo, MI) – Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering LLC announced today that the Pokagon Band’s Wellness Center was LEED® Gold certified on December 2, 2016. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Matt Clay, Director of Pokagon Health Services, commented that the principals of LEED certification have been part of the Pokagon Band’s culture for all of time. “The focus of Pokagon Health Services is a holistic approach to patient care. The focus of the design of the Wellness Center is the care of the environment for the next seven generations.  The Pokagon Tribal Council made the commitment to design the facility to have the least impact on Mother Earth and achieve LEED gold certification.   This embodies bmadzewen, or to walk the good path in the Potawatomi language. Taking the holistic approach to minimizing the impact on Mother Earth, improves the physical and mental health of our children now and in the future.  We thank Seven Generation Architecture and Engineering for understanding and respecting tribal culture in everything they do.” 

“We work with a singular dedication to environmental stewardship,” said Jeremy Berg, Seven Generations A+E Managing Director.  “Aside from the very important cultural design aspects of the building, we make sure what we are designing is sustainable and we are saving Mother Earth for the next seven generations, one of the driving concepts of the Pokagon culture.  We are very proud of the LEED Gold certification.”

The Pokagon Wellness Center achieved LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The center uses sustainable materials all sourced within 500 miles. It has energy efficient HVAC design using geothermal wells, as well as a very efficient building management program, LED lighting, water saving plumbing fixtures, drought resistant landscaping, and a partial green roof. More than 82,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 15.7 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 162 countries and territories.

The Pokagon Wellness Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with a healthy, green and high performing buildings. The work of Seven Generations A+E and the Pokagon Band Wellness Center serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”