Green Design Reflects Sustainability

Site preparation and construction began in July 2016.  Phase 1 of the project was completed in July 2017.

Throughout history, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has lived in balance with nature. Care for the environment is a priority in the design of the Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts & Culture Center.

The requirements of Energy Star energy efficiency will be followed, including lighting and heating and cooling systems. Lighting will be designed to increase night sky view access. Rooftops will accommodate a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The old concrete will be crushed and made into gabions for walls and seating. A special no-mow grass will be used, not only in the dance grounds, but also in the arena walkways. Parking will be offsite. Just a few other environmentally friendly aspects of the Indian Bowl project include –

  • An erosion and sedimentation control plan
  • An underground cistern system to re-use rainwater
  • Low-flow faucets and water fixtures
  • All energy-efficient LED lighting
  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • All paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants 100% VOC free.

Another priority for the design is in regard to Ojibwe culture and traditions. The beautiful floral patterns seen on Ojibwe bandolier bags, clothing, baskets and moccasins will be a prominent motif.

The floors and walls of the facility will include shapes and designs that reflect the traditional wigwam dwelling, birch bark canoe, and black ash baskets.

The Indian Bowl will be both environmentally sustainable and reflective of Lac du Flambeau’s culture.

The new Indian Bowl arena includes no-mow grass and cultural motifs. (Courtesy Meyer Group Architecture)
The Living Arts & Culture Center will include cultural motifs throughout. The Pedestrian Plaza will include trees and plants important to the Ojibwe way of life. (Courtesy Meyer Group Architecture)