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Video & Project of the Week for May 11, 2015: Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall

on May 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm under Project of the Week: 5/11/15

Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall
Rochester, NY, USA
320 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

The LEED® Platinum certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic unit at the Rochester Institute of Technology whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems. Designed by FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR and LeChase Construction Company, the new world-class building is a living laboratory which houses specialized research labs, student work areas, classrooms, and office suites.

One very distinctive feature is the beautiful and massive modular green wall by Green Living Technologies International. Pregrown by Plant Designs, it spans 8 feet wide and 40 feet tall near the building’s west entrance, containing 1,920 plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. The living wall is a focal point for the world class building and provides a breathtaking 4-story tapestry of texture and color that can naturally remove harmful toxins, carcinogens, and volatile organic compounds throughout the entire Galleria. Additional sustainable features of GIS include incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid, a 144 solar panel array, vertical wind turbines, a 3,300 sf greenroof, a 1,700 gallon water storage cistern used to flush the toilets, a geothermal system, and a 400 kW fuel-cell power source.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Thank you to Green Living Technologies International for supporting as one of our Exhibitors in the Expo Pavilion at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015, open now through May 31!


Year: 2013
Owner: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 320 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

GIS2Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR
Design-Build Team Leader:
LeChase Construction Company
Green Wall Specialist:
George Irwin, Green Living Technologies International
Green Wall Specialist:
Plant Designs
Green Wall System:
Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Civil Engineering Consultant:
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering:
M/E Engineering


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