Kiley Garden

Originally opened in 1988, Nations Bank Plaza (renamed Kiley Garden) in Tampa is a masterwork of its creator, pioneering modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley. The rooftop garden sits along the Hillsborough River atop the parking garage at 400 N. Ashley Street in downtown Tampa. The garden’s strict geometric form includes gridded walks, intricate paving details, and a series of water features that echo the patterns and proportions of the neighboring iconic Rivergate Tower.

The unique hardscape elements – Kiley’s trademark – were meticulously cataloged and stored before the reconstruction work started. To solve the drainage issues, we designed a robust new drainage system using high-density Styrofoam and engineered soil, coupled with a modern marine-grade waterproofing system. These improvements resulted in less weight on the structure and prevented water from collecting and leaking into the garage, extending the life of the garage for another 25 years.

As a result of our efforts, Kiley Garden is one masterwork of modern landscape architecture that has been preserved for future generations.

Project Details

Description Urban Design & Public Spaces
Cultural & Historical
Location Tampa, FL
Client City of Tampa
Awards Project of the Year in Historic Restoration, American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter West Coast Branch Awards, 2011

Award of Merit for Architecture, Historic Category, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Tampa Bay Chapter, 2011

Award of Excellence in Small Projects, Southeast Construction’s Best of 2010


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