Planning & Site Development

Remarkable places for people and diverse communities to thrive

We succeed in the environment created by planning projects. We help our clients stretch, organize, verbalize, and quantify their dreams and goals into a clear and obtainable direction that guides future decisions.

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We relish the environment of planning

The Bodwé team believes successful planning and development begins with honest dialogue, effective communication, thoughtful questions, and active listening; a broad and deep conversation that results in truly understanding an opportunity and a community. Once we understand each other, a strong vision will be born from the voices of many.


The project vision guides our team, together with clients and stakeholders, in all planning and design decisions. It helps us discuss, debate, and define how we approach beauty, durability, sustainability, affordability, and community.


The Bodwé team transforms project vision into inventive, sustainable, inspired plans for educational, healthcare, mixed-use, residential, retail, and commercial development that garners strong support, solid partnerships, and open minds.


When we begin with honest dialog, we create a foundation of integrity, accountability, and commitment that we deliver on in how we approach quality, budget, and timing throughout the project process and every step we take together.

Our planning and site development services

The Bodwé Group delivers planning and site development services with seamless collaboration between our planning and design teams and our civil and site engineering experts.

3D Renderings & Graphic Design

Our teams generate detailed, lifelike representations of Bodwé design plans, providing stakeholders with an immersive visual experience that goes beyond traditional CAD drafting. We develop dynamic site renderings to provide engaging perspectives and facilitate more informed decision-making. Additionally, we craft compelling visuals to illustrate key concepts and design reasoning throughout the project, enhancing communication with clients. These skills and tools are vital to sharing and understanding project concepts, and the outputs also serve as effective marketing tools for clients seeking funding.

Facility & Infrastructure Condition Assessments

Bodwé leverages our expertise in structures, MEP systems, utilities, pavement, drainage systems, and more to perform comprehensive assessments of existing private and public infrastructure. The best basis for future improvements and capital planning is a detailed assessment of current conditions, and Bodwé project teams have extensive experience across the country in providing comprehensive assessment services for nearly all types of infrastructure and facilities.

Facility & Master Planning

Our approach establishes a comprehensive vision and strategic framework for facility and master planning that supports long-term functionality, sustainability, and growth for educational, healthcare, mixed-use, residential, retail, and commercial projects. Our team develops site plans that harmoniously integrate various land uses into cohesive master plans. Bodwé residential and mixed-use projects are designed to enhance quality of life and foster belonging and community. We develop healthcare and educational sites and campus plans that integrate culture and nature with healing and learning. We also help drive economic activity and job growth through thoughtful and strategic placement and planning for commercial and industrial clients. By weaving diverse elements into attractive and functional master plans, Bodwé helps shape sustainable and vibrant environments that foster lasting impact.

Land Use Planning & Site Analysis

Bodwé teams provide full site analysis and planning design to create attractive and efficient site plans validated for construction based on respecting existing site existing conditions and context. Our urban planners and site development civil engineers work in tandem from the ground up to meet expectations and translate ideas into reality. Bodwé project teams provide and coordinate zoning and entitlements services, preliminary and final civil engineering services, and project permitting services.  

Mixed-Use, Commercial, Industrial Development

The Bodwé team takes a placemaking approach to mixed-use development, designing vibrant, inclusive, and unique spaces that enhance community identity and pride. This involves a detailed planning and site design process that builds consensus and facilitates a shared vision through community engagement and stakeholder participation. We focus on creating public spaces that promote health, spirit, and wellbeing to help shape places that support community resiliency. Placemaking for commercial and industrial sites is also an opportunity to create community. While business operations drive function-first programs, our thoughtful understanding of business goals and employee dynamics helps unlock ideas to enhance work culture and build identity and belonging. Our approach also helps us integrate building placement and specific site uses into larger masterplans and frameworks that enable positive interaction between sites.  

Preliminary & Final Engineering

The cornerstone of our planning and development group, our preliminary and final engineering team focuses on the comprehensive aspects of engineering design and permitting. This involves meticulous planning and execution of the various components of site development such as grading, earthwork, drainage, utility infrastructure, and green infrastructure planning. The Bodwé team conducts thorough site evaluations, carefully considering the existing conditions, potential challenges, and regulatory requirements. With this foundation, we generate innovative and buildable designs that cater to unique client needs and locational requirements. Our team also excels in navigating complex permit processes, coordinating with relevant authorities to secure necessary approvals and ensuring compliance with all regulations. Our comprehensive and client-centric approach enables us to transform vision into reality with top-notch site development solutions.

Residential Neighborhood Design

Combing land use analysis and due diligence with innovative and thoughtful land planning, Bodwé creates livable and sustainable neighborhoods that blend seamlessly with the existing community fabric. Each plan is tailored to ensure compatibility with local zoning regulations, helping to meet developer timelines and goals while streamlining an often lengthy and difficult development review process.

Zoning Analysis & Entitlements

We specialize in review and interpretation of local zoning codes with a meticulous approach to ensure that development plans are fully compliant with all local rules, regulations, and guidelines. Bodwé planners also assist in securing necessary entitlements, helping to streamline the approval process and satisfy developer project goals and timelines. Our collaboration with client staff and project stakeholders ensures successful project delivery while retaining flexibility to afford developers leeway to adapt plans in line with market dynamics, creating a more responsive and successful development strategy.


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.


With experience that extends more than 25 years, our municipal and civil engineering team is proud of its long-term relationships with townships, cities, and counties. Often working as an extension of our client team, we are partners in the design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of infrastructure for municipal sites, roads, utilities, and stormwater management.


Our transportation engineering team members are specialists in designing and permitting roadway reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, from local roads to complex highways. Whether we are modeling traffic, analyzing alternatives, designing roundabouts, or overseeing construction, the Bodwé Infrastructure Services branch keeps things moving.

Bridges & Structures

Working with Bodwé transportation and water resource engineers, our structural team embraces their responsibility for human safetyand for the protection of natural ecosystems. We understand the dynamics between built structures and potential impacts to people and planet. We design efficient, effective, and durable solutions that fit the context of the community and environment.

Water & Dams

With recognized industry expertise in stormwater and flooding as well as natural riverine and manmade conveyance, Bodwé provides waterways analyses, flood studies, dam improvement and removal, and stormwater management design. And with every project, our team takes responsibility for protecting communities and natural ecosystems.


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

Contact us

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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