Seven Generations Names Steven VandenBussche Director of Architecture
Kalamazoo, MI (August 25, 2015)—Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, a building solutions firm offering architecture, engineering and construction services, announced today that Steven VandenBussche, AIA, LEED® BD+C, has joined the firm as the director of architecture.
Mr. VandenBussche will manage the day-to-day operations of the firm’s architectural practice from the firm’s office in Kalamazoo. He also will collaborate with team members to support the firm’s strategic business direction in planning, design, and construction services for the growing healthcare, federal and tribal practices – with an emphasis on regional medical facilities, Indian Health Services, Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs.
“After an extensive search to find the right candidate, it was immediately apparent that Steve was the right person to serve as our new architecture lead,” said Jeremy Berg, managing director at Seven Generations. “He has 18 years of experience in providing high level design and professional services to a wide range of clients including those in the K-12, higher education, non-profit, and commercial sectors. This, coupled with his 10 years of expertise designing and managing various healthcare facility projects, will provide great value to Seven Generations and our clients.”
Prior to joining Seven Generations, Mr. VandenBussche was the discipline leader/senior designer at C2AE in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he supported the buildings group team with various design tasks including programming workshops, schematic design concepts, as well as assisting staff with taking concepts to reality through detailing and research and development. He also was responsible for assessing and developing the firm’s capability and capacity in the architectural discipline through training and mentoring of professional staff. Prior to that, Steve was the director of design at Wightman & Associates and a project manager at Diekema Hamann Architecture & Engineering where he used the latest tools in technology to assist in communicating and visualizing client’s desires.
“Steve is a seasoned professional with an extensive portfolio of work, and his commitment to the profession is equally impressive. As the past president of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and as a faculty member at Western Michigan University, Steve always finds time to engage the community and mentor young professionals. This unique ability will be highly valuable to Seven Generations as we continue to develop new talent,” added Berg.
Mr. VandenBussche is a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan.
About Seven Generations
Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, was founded in 2012 and is a Tribally-Owned, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged, HUBZone and DBE business that is wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen, the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians The principals of Seven Generations have more than 75 years of combined experience in Planning, Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, and Construction. With a focus on building quality of life for the future generations, the firm’s core value of Seven Generation Sustainability is an ecological concept that urges the current generation to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future. The firm specializes in in federal, state, municipal, commercial and tribal markets. Seven Generations is located on the campus of Western Michigan University’s Business Technology & Research Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan. You can learn more at www.7GenAE.com
Mno-Bmadsen is the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to establish and grow for-profit business for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians with a focus on long-term sustainability in all endeavors. Since creation, the Tribe has embraced a network of self-sustaining trade and self-reliance within its community. Mno-Bmadsen is the next step in sustaining the Tribe through mergers, acquisitions and investments that will allow them to continue to thrive in the centuries to come. In addition, Mno-Bmadsen established the Seven Generations building solutions group of companies to support its growing need for design and construction services within the Tribe’s geographic and economically controlled land development. The motivation went well beyond the concept of design and engineering as form and function, and incorporates the Tribe’s core value of Seven Generation Sustainability -- an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future. More information on Mno-Bmadsen is available at www.Mno-Bmadsen.com.
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