The Kohl Center is an icon of the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus and a centerpiece of the University’s Athletic Department. Saiki Design was part of a large, multi-disciplinary team that worked closely with the University, Athletic Department, and State of Wisconsin to design the new basketball arena. Saiki Design was responsible for site development from concept design through construction administration.
Site planning challenges included the interface with major pedestrian circulation corridors, limited on-site parking, truck and semi-trailer delivery routes, media equipment and vehicle access, bus loading zones, integrated homeland security measures and site landscaping for event foot traffic. A particular project challenge involved primary use of the facility during the winter months. Design detailing considered snow removal and storage requirements, winter interest in the landscape, integrated site lighting and creative pavement drainage.
A post-construction addition to the Kohl Center project included the integration of several light sculptures into the site. Saiki Design worked with the public artist and project engineer to locate the sculptures and ensure the site design and homeland security measures remained intact.
Saiki Design ‘s latest site design efforts at the Kohl Center were the incorporation of the LaBahn Arena and support facilities for hockey and swimming within the Kohl Center complex.