Nottawaseppi Huron Band Government Center-Fulton, Michigan
Inspired by the human scaled sheltering nature of prairie style architecture, the building creates a welcoming place for citizens to come for services and interact with the Tribal government. The design reflects the humble nature of the Tribe.
The front porch reaches out with open arms to welcome visitors to the building and provides a comfortable place for informal meetings, daily lunch, and relaxing socialization. It also creates a gradual transition from the green park-like setting to the indoor environment. The entrance is flanked by seven-sided columns, a subtle reference to the Tribes' seven sacred teachings – Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.
The Band’s respect for Mother Earth is demonstrated by the many sustainable features incorporated into the design which will culminate in a Silver LEED rating. Interior wood paneling and trim were harvested from the site. Energy efficient lighting, daylighting, and views are provided for all building occupants. Native plantings surround the building.
Durable yet cost effective materials were used including: steel roofing and fascia, fiber cement lap siding, and natural stone. The building was part of the overall Widoktadwen development which included Pow Wow grounds, health building expansion, DPW building, centralized water and sewer systems, and community store - all planned and designed by Wightman.