Ken Saiki Design provided landscape architecture services to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as part of a corridor-wide reconstruction of US Highway 41 through the Green Bay & Oshkosh metro areas in Northeastern Wisconsin. The project scope featured miles of highway reconstruction including a dozen major interchanges.
As part of the community sensitive design (CSD) effort, Ken Saiki Design worked closely with numerous consultants, stakeholder groups and municipalities along the corridor through a series of workshops and interchange specific stakeholder meetings to identify unique design solutions for landscape enhancements and structure aesthetics.
The CSD process resulted in design elements that strengthened the role of landscape enhancements in community identity, wayfinding, and overall corridor aesthetics while balancing the CSD budget with maintainable solutions. Unique elements were incorporated into the built forms of the highway reconstruction including bridges, retaining walls, roundabouts, medians and stormwater management devices. These solutions were specific to the region as well as the local municipalities, Native American tribes and organizations that made up the stakeholder groups.
One specific instance of how local materials and motifs were incorporated into the project was in the design of an entry feature to Pamperin Park. Ken Saiki Design worked closely with the Brown County Parks Department to craft the design details for a new stone and pillar entrance to Pamperin Park County Park which takes its cues from the historic architecture of the Pamperin Park Pavilion.
Ken Saiki Design recieved the 2011 Golden Shovel Award for excellence in design from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.