Ken Saiki Design provided site planning and landscape architecture for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Crew House, later named the Porter Boathouse. Situated on the shore of Lake Mendota, The Boathouse serves as the central training facility for the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s rowing programs and houses coaching and support staff. The rowing operations themselves presented specific site challenges; expansive sidewalk widths, trailer access points, boat launching areas, and pedestrian traffic re-routing along the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path, all of which were accommodated gracefully with the site design.
The new building is sited nearly on top of the old footprint and Ken Saiki Design worked closely with KEE Architecture to protect and preserve a number of large, mature oak trees within the construction boundary. Using extraordinary tree protection measures designed during the planning stages and carefully implemented during construction nearly all of the mature trees on site were preserved.