Soaring Eagle Water Park and Hotel

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The project consists of an indoor Water Park of roughly 34,000 square feet; three meal restaurant with 140 seats; meeting room for up to 50 people; fitness center; business center; indoor pool with steam room and sauna; and 244 guestrooms and suites. The project consists of 103,000 gross square feet

The architectural design of the property is based on a Contemporary Rustic approach. In combination with the glass and natural material covered patios and trellis structures embrace the outdoors unified by tower elements with windowed cupolas, vaulted canopies and arched dormers. This composition imparts a whimsical character and adds to the sense of fun and adventure.

The Water Park interior continues the natural feel of the exterior but here, a more tribal character is implied by using stylized timber details with a more organic form. These elements recall the bent limbs used in the traditional dwellings of the Saginaw Chippewa. Birch bark, a key material used in dwellings, canoes as well as everyday objects, is represented by curved accent panels adorned with the thirteen tribal clan symbols. Even the play structures themselves convey a similar reference to the traditional materials. These structures combined with natural style rock work and vegetation creates a distinctive setting for the fun and excitement of the Water Park.

Size: 103,000 SQFT
Completion: 2012
Client: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan
Responsibilities: Site Planning, Prime Architect, Architecture, Architectural Design, Interior Architect, Landscape Architecture, Concept Design, Design Development, Exterior Design, Interior Design, Specility Design