A construction company owned by the the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians will construct the new Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts & Culture Center in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.
Since opening in 1951, the venue has offered artisans and historians a place to showcase the best in American Indian artistry and traditional cuisine. With a plan to rebuild, the decaying Indian Bowl was demolished in September 2014 to make way for a new facility. Today the tribe is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony, in conjunction with the Circle of Friends Picnic, held at the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino.
LDF-CCI Construction, LLC, which has been awarded the contract to provide the tribe a comprehensive scope of construction services and expertise throughout all phases of construction. Having a vested interest both professionally and personally within the community, LDF-CCI’s focus will remain on serving the best interests of the Tribal community while placing an emphasis on offering qualified American Indian owned companies subcontracting opportunities.
Designed by Meyer Group Architecture, the project includes a re-design of the Indian Bowl to incorporate a new 10,000-square-foot sustainable building that will function as a Native Arts and Cultural Center for the Band. The design features adaptive re-use of demolition materials, locally sourced building products and technologies, and low-impact development site design to seamlessly integrate the building into the site.
“I am extremely pleased and excited for the opportunity to be an integral part of the construction of our new facility. Having the tribe’s construction company along with our partners take on this project feels perfectly right. It’s what our community has been anticipating for many decades. We once again get to serve our own community, employ local tribal people, local sub-contractors and keep a larger portion of the revenue stream right here. It not only increases the local economy, but it boosts confidence in our own people and solidifies the importance of skilled tradesmen and women who will be a part of this beautiful project. Our tribal community can be proud that its own construction company and its own people have the capacity and capabilities to build our future. LDF-CCI looks forward to this project,” said Robert Elm, president of LDF-CCI Construction.
A ground breaking for the new Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts & Culture Center will be held today, Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 3 p.m. Photos and video are welcome following the opening prayer ceremony.
Following the Ground Breaking, the Circle of Friends Picnic will be held at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino from 4-7 p.m. The community event is a fundraiser for the new Indian Bowl; all proceeds will go directly to construction.