State Capitol Park

The crown jewel of John Nolen’s original vision for the planning of Madison, State Capitol Park sits atop a knoll with Lakes Mendota and Monona on either side.

Madison, Wisconsin

Saiki Design completed design and construction documents for the phased reconstruction of the State Capitol Promenade. The design, conceptualized in the Capitol Park Rehabilitation Master Plan, was sympathetic to the original John Nolen plan of 1911 and also provided for the high level of activity and diversity of use of Capitol Square Promenade and Park.

The design and detailing simplified and organized pedestrian activity zones while integrating Homeland Security measures and enhancing tree plantings. The promenade reconstruction was a significant step in the overall restoration of Wisconsin’s State Capitol.

Saiki Design continued to work at the State Capitol by assisting with planning and coordination to restore the Capitol Park bluegrass lawn, an effort that included a complete renovation of the Park’s irrigation system. Saiki Design also prepared a tree inventory and forestry management master plan and tree inventory database. The plan and supporting database provided Capitol Park staff with valuable information on conducting regular tree health assessments, making updates to keep tree inventory current; the plan also includes guidelines for future replacement operations.

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