Pokagon Community Center-Dowagiac, Michigan
This incredible building was thoughtfully designed for the Tribal citizens as an outreach and community center and central gathering space for meetings, parties, and celebrations. The Community Center has been developed in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way and in harmony with the Band’s heritage and mission statement: “Promoting Culture Education and Self-Sufficiency for our Citizens while Preserving Mother Earth." This 8,500 square foot LEED Gold building serves the tribal community as an outreach center and a facility for community events. It includes passive cooling design, solar panels, a green roof, and many other green technologies.
This building is the first in southwest Michigan to receive a LEED Gold certification for sustainability.