Meyer Group Architecture of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin was selected to design Lac du Flambeau Lake Superior Chippewa Indian’s new Culture Center and Living Arts center. The new building will replace their former Indian Bowl Amphitheater facility, a well known area landmark. The new facility shall possess a new Pow Wow Grounds, Art Center, Art Education classroom space, additional museum facilities and public facilities supporting the amphitheater. The new facility will also be utilized by Lake of the Torches Casino for outdoor Music performances.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have proposed a brand new assisted living facility in Cass Lake, MN. The Master plan of this assisted living project was inspired by the Native American elder’s connection to the four sacred directions. Meyer Group responded by keeping those directions open with views or by connection via paths. It was important to consider the elder’s well being by making sure the relationship between each wing was designed in a way that is sensitive to the needs that are unique to tribal elders. The program included areas for daily activity and spaces for family gatherings. Initial ceremonies and a dedication Pow-Wow were held in June 2013. Work included new drum arbors, calling stands, seating areas, sod and landscaping. The new facility has 32 units of assisted living for their elders. The 32 units include a full continuum of senior living including assisted living, skilled care, hospice, and adult and elder rehabilitation.
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band selected the Meyer Group Team to design their new Pow Wow Grounds located just south of McGregor, Minnesota. Meyer Group was the lead on the design of this site, from initial concepts through final documentation and (upcoming) construction administration. The culturallymeaningful design features a multi-phased project to create a comprehensive meeting facility featuring circular stadium seating around the central Pow Wow performance area, arbors, Emcee/Calling stand, Shower and RV camping and tenting facilities, and comprehensive phasing for program development that complements and supports the larger site design and use. The Meyer Group Team worked directly with the Band to ensure the design directly represented their vision and goals for the site, while still maintaining budgetary constraints.
Meyer Group worked with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in creating new facilities for their Opiate Treatment Programs, for band members living in the Cass Lake Area. The new facility includes a health, laboratory and counseling facilities. Soft watercolor hues were selected for the interior to convey a sense of nature and promote a healing environment. It will double the size of the existing facilities located in downtown Cass Lake, Minnesota.
Lac Courte Oreilles Boys and Girls Club broke ground this Spring on the new Boys and Girls Club Addition and Renovation project. Meyer Group Architecture provided Fundraising, Architecture, Interior Design and Project Management assistance on the project. The new addition and renovated existing facility shall provide new administrative and control areas, a Demonstration Kitchen, Outdoor Classroom Area, new Program Areas and upgrade interior finishes. The project also includes addition of acoustical treatment and a new garage to house the Clubs vehicles and maintenance equipment. The project is being constructed by LCO Development, the Band’s own construction company, performing work in a Design/Build relationship with Meyer Group Architecture.
The City of Ely has proposed to renovate its historic 1930 Art Deco style City Hall building. Meyer Group was hired by JPJ Engineering of Hibbing, MN to develop Construction Documents for the project. Part of the renovation of the City Hall, located on East Chapman Street, includes an addition to the historic structure that provides an accessible entrance to the building, enclosed stair tower, elevator and Police Department garage. The addition shall complement the Art Deco design, rather than compete with it, by being clad in metal plate wall panels of a contrasting color while still maintaining the scale and proportion of the existing building. The existing interior space of the building was remodeled in order to provide modern amenities, to efficiently house its tenants and to better serve the public. The utmost care shall be taken to preserve and protect all existing woodwork, decorative plaster and historic fixtures and finishes. Additional considerations include: the selection of maintenance free sustainable building materials, new energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, user comfort and building security.