Saiki Design worked with architects at Kahler Slater to provide site planning and design for Signe Skott Cooper Hall, a $53 million state-of-the-art nursing education and research facility. The new building creates an informal quadrangle with Rennebohm Hall School of Pharmacy that anchors the health care-centered West Campus and creates a gateway to campus natural areas.
The site features gracefully arcing paths, seat walls, and gardens that enclose the more intimate outdoor gathering spaces. Orthogonal paver bands, punctuated by custom-designed benches, extend out from the building to integrate the architecture with the site. The plantings are dominated by a complex and decorative mix of native and non-native perennials that evoke the natural landscape of the nearby Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Additional features of the site include a stone-clad council ring with gas fireplace, a medicinal garden for the School of Pharmacy, and a usable green roof. Throughout the building and site are historical artifacts and interpretive information that tells the story of nursing education on campus.
Saiki Design was responsible for all aspects of site planning and design including planting design, selection of site materials and furnishings, custom detailing for benches, walls, and pavements, and integrated stormwater management. Saiki Design was also responsible for the design and detailing of a 6,990 square foot accessible green roof. The project was awarded LEED Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council.
The project received numerous accolades including “Top Project of the Year” by The Daily Reporter.