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Forest County Potawatomi

Executive Building

Crandon, Wisconsin

With administrative service facilities spread throughout multiple buildings in several locations, the Owner sought to consolidate within a single structure their insurance, legal, judicial and accounting services, elected and appointed positions and community meeting space. Equally important to the Owner was that the building be the signature architectural statement for the community by incorporating the values of their nation, reflecting their history and traditions, and demonstrating respect for their ceremonies and rituals.

Part of a larger campus being developed to serve the needs of tribal members, the 45,000 sf building includes a 250-seat auditorium with kitchen and support facilities to allow for comfortable meetings of the Tribal Council and other larger gatherings, a new Tribal Courtroom, and offices for the Executive Council, administration, legal, gaming, accounting and human resources departments.  The new facility is designed to reflect the culture of the Potawatomi and the surrounding landscape, and uses natural materials, including stone, timber and natural cedar.


  • Midwest Construction Magazine's Best of 2007
  • Wisconsin Chapter, ASID, Silver Design Award, 2007
  • The Daily Reporter, Top 20 Projects of 2006

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