The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is turning to a tribal-owned architecture and engineering firm to design its two new health facilities in east central Minnesota.
Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC (7GenAE), will oversee the architeture and engineering of the main clinic spanning 66,800 square feet, and its satellite facilitiy covering 9,700 square feet.
Wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi's economic arm, the award-winning Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC (7GenAE) was founded in 2012, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In 2014 it became the state's first tribal-owned business to receive 8(a) status from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The buildings Seven Generations A+E designs and creates are more than just structures built with four walls and with a singular purpose in mind. “We have the unique opportunity to get to see what these building mean for tribal citizens culturally.” Managing Director, Jeremy Berg said. “As the buildings get realized, there is a sense of pride and accomplishment for the tribes. They have struggled for so long to be recognized and to be on equal footing. These buildings are culminations of years of efforts by many tribal members who are passionate about this project. We can make a difference; we can help bring that passion to fruition.”
The main District I Vineland Clinic will include: dental treatment, medical examination, registration and waiting area, lab & x-ray, pharmacy, family services, behavioral health offices, community support services and administration offices. It will also include: a welcome area/intake, physical therapy, imaging and public health.
Seven Generations A+E works with federal, state, municipal, commercial and tribal markets and is skilled at completing our projects on time and at or under budget. Seven Generations is also dedicated to environmental stewardship. "Our Native American Sustainability Model blends centuries of tribal wisdom with leading edge environmental technology to craft architectural and engineering solutions that last for generations," the website states.