Fitchburg Public Library

Integrated bioretention and raingarden areas highlight the challenging topographic changes as they wind through the site’s major circulation pathways.

This project challenged the design team to work within the confines of a steeply sloped site to accommodate level parking areas, accessible circulation and integrated garden spaces for reading and contemplation. On-site stormwater management strategies informed the overall design vocabulary; integrated bioretention and rain garden areas are highlighted as they wind through the site’s major circulation pathways.

Saiki Design was responsible for all aspects of site planning and design including integrated stormwater management design, purposeful selection of site materials and furnishings, custom detailing for reading garden benches and landscape installations and the creation of a planting vernacular composed of predominantly native plant communities and native prairies.

The project was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council. It also received a number of additional awards, including Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association and Top Project of the Year by The Daily Reporter.

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