SSM South Madison Campus

An expansion of the SSM Health Dean Medical Group’s campus created an opportunity for designers to uplift and address a community’s needs.

Madison, Wisconsin

Saiki Design worked with HGA to craft a plan to revitalize and expand the SSM Health Dean Medical Group’s campus adjacent to Fish Hatchery Road in South Central Madison.  Alongside SSM, the design team was heavily involved in the public processes, which resulted in the relocation of the initial clinic siting to its current position on Fish Hatchery. This pivot by the team helped to realize the project as a neighborhood amenity with expanded clinic services in its existing location instead of relocating the expansion to a nearby grocery store site which would have contributed to creation of a food desert.  Preserving existing, mature canopy trees onsite became one of the primary goals of the building placement and landscape restoration strategies.  

The team utilized large and lushly planted islands to break up expanses of surface pavement and provide conduits for stormwater management and conveyance within the site.  An expansive series of interconnected walkways connect functional parking and drop-off areas at building entries, provide staff and patients an outdoor space for respite and physical therapy activities.  The walkways connect to public sidewalks welcoming pedestrians into and through the landscape as part of the larger network of sidewalks and streets and serving as a neighborhood amenity.  A series of pocket gardens and seating areas are lushly planted with a mix of native and adapted plant material that transitions from the lush green shoots of spring to brightly layered flowers of summer to seedheads and fall color.

Saiki Design collaborated on site planning and design efforts, which created a new series of sidewalks, planted terraces and integrated bike facilities within the existing urban fabric. Landscape Architects at Saiki Design focused on developing accessible drop-off strategies, flexible and multi-functional gathering spaces, planting design strategies responsive to the building’s architecture and extensive vegetated stormwater management strategies. Ultimately, Saiki Design produced documentation for planting and landscape restoration, site furnishings and specialty items selection and detailing, and provided construction administration services for the project.

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