Mechanical Engineering

Designing building systems that meet today’s needs and care for the future

We are inspired by the water clans of the Pokagon Band to bring advanced technology and sustainability to systems that move and manage energy and environmental conditions for buildings and people.

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We are passionate about finding balance

Bodwé mechanical engineers are experienced in thermodynamics, materials science, and structural mechanics. We look at mechanical engineering from a macro scale and pay attention to detail. We use extensive modeling to identify clashes and understand constructability. Modeling also provides us with a comprehensive view of performance and efficiency, to ensure that materials, energy, and environmental resources are in right relationship with people.


Our mechanical team designs to performance specifications and advocates for sustainable choices, working toward balance between economic interests and environmental preservation in all we do.


Bodwé mechanical experts work with our clients to understand and choose viable passive and active renewable opportunities such as wind, solar, and water capture to harness natural resources.


Our engineers understand the expectation is that mechanical systems are reliable every day and dependable over the long haul, which is another way we work to care for future generations.

Our mechanical engineering services

Bodwé Group provides a full range of mechanical engineering services along with other experts in our Buildings Services Branch, providing you with one point of contact for even complex projects.

HVAC Systems

Our mechanical engineering team specializes in sustainable HVAC solutions that harmonize modern comfort with environmental responsibility. Bodwé services encompass designing, installing, and optimizing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for diverse buildings while prioritizing energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and our cultural values. By integrating innovative technologies and green practices, we ensure that every project aligns with the tribe's commitment to a greener future.

Process Piping

Bodwé experts understand the intricate design, installation, and maintenance of process piping systems, catering to diverse industrial needs while adhering to the cultural values we hold. With a dedication to precision and innovation, we ensure that every project reflects our technical excellence and commitment to serving the Pokagon Band and its industrial partners.

Sustainable Energy Systems

The Bodwé family of companies takes pride in its sustainable design services, with a focused expertise in mechanical engineering. With specialized skills in crafting environmentally conscious solutions, we excel in designing energy-efficient heating, cooling, and ventilation systems that align with our commitment to ecological harmony. By seamlessly integrating cutting-edge mechanical engineering techniques and sustainable practices, we create functional spaces that prioritize both comfort and the preservation of our natural resources.


Meeting the diverse needs of a range of clients


Bodwé Group is part of Mno-Bmadsen and wholly owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Our mission is to serve the more than 6,000 Pokagon citizens through growing the economy and legacy of the Band and our commitment extends to more than 50 Indigenous clients as well as a multitude of partners and friends from coast to coast.


Focusing on clients that offer us preference as a result of our tribal ownership by the Pokagon Band is essential to our growth. Through our 8(a) contracts and other set-asides, the Bodwé Group has successful past performance on hundreds of projects for many federal departments and agencies, and our Federal Support Services business grows significantly every year.


Core to our Buildings Services capabilities and expertise, Bodwé healthcare experience spans over a decade and includes projects with tribal partners, federal agencies, and private clients. Our teams have designed and programmed campus master plans, VA hospital renovations and expansions, large-scale IHS primary care facilities, tribal community clinics, and more.


Teams across Bodwé have comprehensive experience with campus planning, site development, educational and athletic facilities, student dorms, and staff housing. Over the past several years, our partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Education has expanded from condition assessments to building design and site development to modernizing federal design standards.


Our housing work is as diverse as the clients we serve. The Bodwé family of companies has experience that includes suburban neighborhood development, urban lofts, large mixed-use residential, and tribal housing, including many forms of supportive housing. This work is core to the Bodwé mission and our commitment to sustainable culture and communities.

Site Development

For decades, WBK Engineering has partnered with municipalities and private clients to develop sites and create community. Today, our Building Services and Infrastructure Services teams are engaged in planning and development work that crosses the country, serving local, federal, and Indigenous clients with an approach that integrates people, place, and planet.


While serving clients and end users at project sites from coast to coast, we also serve the places where we live and work. We offer our time and financial support to community organizations, and we welcome the opportunity to engage with partners on buildings, recreation, and site development projects that support and uplift people, culture, and community.

Lighting a fire for current and future generations

Our mission is to benefit future generations of Pokagon citizens and with that long view in mind we choose the often-hard work of doing what’s meaningful and good. We choose it again and again to benefit wellness and missions and opportunities for people.

patients supported
tribal students benefited
federal projects completed
native nations served
housing units provided

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If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.

Bodwé Professional Services

415 E. Prairie Ronde St.
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering

600 East Michigan Avenue
Suite B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

3463 Magic Drive,
Suite T15
San Antonio, TX 78229

The Steelhead Engineering Company

259 E. Michigan Ave.,
Suite 407
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

WBK Engineering

116 W. Main St.
Suite 201
St. Charles, IL 60174

68 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Blue Star Integrative Studio

320 S. Boston Avenue
Ste. 1710
Tulsa, OK 74103

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