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East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Roof Garden

Photo by Denise Rettalack

IBI Group collaborated with Knoxville-based architects, BarberMcMurry, on the design of a 4,500 sq. ft. roof top garden for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Knoxville, TN
4,500 sq ft Size
Ongoing Status

Located on the fifth floor roof, the garden is being designed to complement the existing second floor courtyard and provide a tranquil place for families and staff to get away from the stressful hospital environment. The garden design employs a curvilinear motif, inspired by the Tennessee River and the native riverfront landscape. This motif is expressed with colored paving representing the river, wood decking that suggests bridge crossings and meadow plantings of perennials and grasses that move with the wind. There is also a large lawn panel where visitors may feel invited to take their shoes off, lie down and look at the clouds.

Prior to developing the design, IBI Group met with representatives of the hospital to understand the programming needs, budget and maintenance requirements. The design incorporates a variety of seating areas, accommodating the need for privacy, close proximity to the adjacent neo-natal intensive care unit, and space for outdoor dining.

Shade is provided by small ornamental trees and a shade structure, designed by BarberMcMurry, which incorporates fabric panels that are strategically placed above seating areas. A storage room for garden equipment is provided inside the building, adjacent to the staff area.

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Cathy Offenberg

Principal, Landscape Architecture
Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Since joining our team in 1999, Cathy Offenberg has developed a specialty in campus site planning and design for public and private school facilities. She also oversees a diverse array of practice areas including urban parks, streetscapes, and embassy work for the U.S Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations (OBO). As a Principal with the firm, Cathy is responsible for managing project scope, budget and schedule; client and sub-consultant coordination; supervising in-house project staff; development of design, technical and presentation packages, as well as cost estimates, technical specifications and permitting documents; construction administration and project representation at meetings and presentations. Cathy has a thorough understanding of the public process and has assisted in managing complex projects from inception through construction.