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Forest County Potawatomi Community Center

Crandon, Wisconsin
Construction Cost: $56.4 million
Area / Square Feet: 108,916 SF
Occupancy Date: August 2021

Nestled within the vast wooded expanse of northern Wisconsin lies “thayék ėthë dnêkmëgzêk myéw,” the place where everybody plays. The catalyst for building a new community center was born out of great need. The Forest County Potawatomi people sought to create a space for children whose families had been impacted by drug and alcohol addiction — a place of wellness, a place of rest and a place of community. 

The design team worked closely with tribal leaders to develop a facility that is both culturally significant and programmatically appropriate, weaving natural imagery into the building’s interior and exterior elements. The exterior design draws inspiration from the form of an eagle, an animal that carries special importance within the Potawatomi community, while the interior replicates the surrounding woodland with structural forms and materiality. The central spine, or eagle’s body, is a two-story gathering space that acts as a connector between the flanking gymnasium and turf fieldhouse, or eagle’s wings. Additional detailing within the space includes four pillars covered in mosaic art based on Potawatomi drawings that celebrate the 12 moons, or four seasons, and pinhole lighting that recalls stars in the night sky or embers rising from a fire.

ARCHITECT OF RECORD

Ramlow/Stein Inc.

Milwaukee, Wis.

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT

RDG Planning & Design

Des Moines, Iowa

AQUATIC CONSULTANT/ENGINEER

Ramaker & Associates

Sauk City, Wis.

PROJECT VENDORS

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics

Action Floor Systems LLC

Laundry - Dryers

Alliance Laundry Systems

Laundry - Washers

Alliance Laundry Systems

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

ASI Group

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools

Badger Pool

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems

Camera Corner Connecting Point

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems

Camera Corner Connecting Point

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating

Carroll Seating

Locker/Shower - Lockers

Columbia Lockers

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track

Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track

Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track

Connor Sports

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment

Direct Fitness Solutions

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment

Direct Fitness Solutions

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center

Direct Fitness Solutions, Precor

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls

ElDorado Climbing Walls

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose

FieldTurf

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating

Hussey Seating Company

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports

Jaypro Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains

Jaypro Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards

Jaypro Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding

Jaypro Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers

Moose Sports Surfaces, Ltd. 

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose

Prostar Surfaces Inc.

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics

ProStar Surfaces Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball

Prostar Surfaces Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball

Prostar Surfaces Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track

Prostar Surfaces Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems

SAN Displays (SNA Displays is in NY)

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors

SUITMATE by Extractor Corp.

Locker/Shower - Flooring

Tennant, Flake Eco-DFS

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting

Viking Electric, Elan