Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering celebrated the relocation of its corporate headquarters to The Foundry in East Kalamazoo, Michigan’s historic River’s Edge District Friday night. The move and expansion demonstrate the company’s commitment to its ongoing growth and presence in Kalamazoo and its collaboration with the local business community. Neighbors attended the open house last night to learn more about the company’s expertise, culture and plans for the future.
“Kalamazoo offers a robust and vibrant business community,” said Jeremy Berg, Seven Generations A+E’s managing director. “We are privileged to be part of the growth story for this wonderful city.”
Founded in 2012 by Mno-Bmadsen, the independent non-gaming investment arm of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Seven Generations A+E hopes to assert itself as the premiere architecture and design firm in Indian Country over the next five years. “I don’t want to sound audacious, but we want to be ‘the’ tribal design firm in the country,” Berg previously told Native Business Magazine.
With a focus on environmental stewardship, the firm specializes in the federal, state, municipal, commercial and tribal markets. Certified as an 8(a) small disadvantaged business and a HUBZone company, the business receives specialized consideration when bidding on government projects. Seven Generations’ exponential growth in recent years was primarily fueled by the federal market, Berg said. The company boasts nationwide contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Indian Health Service, as well as statewide contracts in Michigan with the General Services Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Those contracts are largely responsible for the company’s exponential growth. In 2015, Seven Generations A+E counted five employees and generated about $1 million in annual revenue. In 2018, the 20-employee firm thinks revenues may have reached $8 million. “We anticipate continued growth,” Berg said. With the company’s relocation to a larger and more collaborative office space, Seven Generations hopes to add even more employees to support its continued maturation and diversification.