September, 2014 Monthly archive


Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. (CKI) recently presented the Cooper River Gateway West Vision Plan to the Camden community, and local and state officials. The Vision Plan lays out a strategy for social, environmental and economic vitality of the river and surrounding neighborhood well into the future.


Characterized as an intimate New Jersey coastal plain stream, the Cooper River meanders through a series of Camden County municipalities and neighborhoods for almost 16 miles, eventually discharging into the Delaware River.



Offering the residents of Camden as well as potential visitors from the neighboring tri-state areas a rare opportunity to experience a water oriented, recreational, educational resource, all within walking distances of established neighborhoods, the Cooper River Gateway West can serve as a public open space model for urban centers to emulate.



Its fresh water tidal wetlands, tidal basin and unbroken stretches of river corridor offer compelling visual, was well as, physical experiences for visitors of all ages. In addition to its ecological and educational value, the Gateway West Vision will promote important and critical community wide transportation linkages including biking, jogging and strolling as part of the larger vision of the East Coast Greenway.


Cairone and Kaupp, Inc. (CKI) recently collaborated with Ewing Cole on the 38th Street Garden, part of the new Advanced Care Pavilion at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The Garden will be a combination public green and private garden for visitors, patients and hospital employees to enjoy. Included in the design are terraced lawn areas providing outdoor event spaces for the hospital, and lush native plantings that lend soothing scenery to patients receiving treatment at the new Infusion Center. A pair of rain gardens, collecting roof and surface runoff, is integrated into the design and intermingles with a series of granite seatwalls to shape the intimate private garden. CKI is excited to move forward toward construction of this great addition to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the surrounding neighborhood.




Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. (CKI) is proud to be partnering with EwingCole to design multiple new schools at military bases along the East Coast. These designs explore modern concepts such as 21st Century Learning, Natural Play and Outdoor Learning to help create engaging educational landscapes.


The new Hanscom Primary School at Hanscom Airforce Base, MA will be replacing the existing school, located along the Shawsheen River in northeastern Massachusetts. The goal of the landscape design is to create connection opportunities for outdoor learning spaces. Ultimately, this will achieve a seamless connection between the indoor spaces and the outdoor environment. The design includes play areas for Pre-K school, Kindergarten/1st Grade, and 2nd through 5th Grade age children. Along with modular play structures, each area offers outdoor classroom spaces so teachers and students can take the lesson plan outside.


Interpretive native plantings visually tie the site into the surrounding landscape and, along with a deck overlooking nearby wetlands, provide an opportunity for hands-on science lessons. Tree plantings along the street will supplement the existing woodland vegetation, consisting of native oaks, black gum, and maples, to reestablish a forested buffer between the school and the street. The military base context presents unique challenges, especially in providing Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection. The planting design around the school intends to minimize potential concealment of a 6” x 6” package by using low groundcovers and single-stem trees. The design portion of the project will be concluding in summer 2014 and construction will begin summer 2015.