In the early 1900’s, the State Capitol Park was designed in concert with the building by renowned Landscape Architect, John Nolen. Starting in 1999, Ken Saiki Design participated in planning and implementation of Wisconsin’s State Capitol grounds as part of the restoration and renovation of the Capitol building. This multi-million dollar effort restored the Capitol to its original glory, including meticulous restoration of frescoes, stained glass, intricate woodwork, stone floors and furniture; while updating the infrastructure of the building with contemporary data, HVAC, security and communication systems. Restoration was based on the original architectural design.
Likewise, the rehabilitation of the State Capitol Park was closely based on the original design, while recognizing the current uses of the Capitol Square, Madison’s true central park. The State Capitol Park Rehabilitation Master Plan brought together historians, politicians, State of Wisconsin staff, University of Wisconsin scholars and the consultant team to craft a plan reflecting its historic structure while looking forward to its function in contemporary downtown Madison.
Reconstruction of the “promenade”, the outer edge of the Capitol Square, introduced high quality materials, lighting, and optimized tree growing conditions. Improvements also disguised security measures in a newly composed streetscape and event venue that recalls the original John Nolen design.
-Awards: American Society of Landscape Architects, Wisconsin Chapter
-Rehabilitation Master Plan Design Team: Saiki Design, Professor Arnold Alanen and Eric McDonald, University of Wisconsin, Department of Landscape Architecture, J.P. Cullen.
-Promenade Reconstruction: Saiki Design, Affiliated Engineers, electrical engineering and lighting design, Graef Anhalt and Schloemer, structural engineering, MSA Professional Services, civil engineering.