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Project of the Week for February 1, 2016: Levi’s® Stadium

February 1, 2016 at 11:22 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

In honor of the exciting upcoming Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, we are once again highlighting the awesome Levi’s® Stadium as our Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com.  Whether you are a Broncos or Panthers fan, we know all fans of living architecture will enjoy the beautiful living roof atop this sports venue!

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Levi’s® Stadium
Santa Clara, CA, USA
27,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Hosting the Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, Levi’s® Stadium is a $1.27 billion multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide range of events with seating for about 68,500 people, featuring 176 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. Fans attending San Francisco 49ers home games experience football in the most eco-friendly and sustainable LEED Gold certified facility in the league. State of the art technology is used throughout the stadium, and visitors may view a live dashboard display featuring current energy measurements, water and air monitors, and other dynamic green features as the building operates daily. Designed by HNTB, the iconic feature of the stadium is the massive 5-story Suite Tower on the west side, topped by the NRG Solar Terrace green roof.

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The installation of 1,186 solar panels on the canopy framework on the green roof and on three solar pedestrian bridges connecting the parking lot to the park generate 375 kW of power at Levi’s Stadium – as much renewable energy as it will consume on game days. And the NRG Solar Terrace green roof is an inviting space which can be booked for receptions and ceremonies. The 27,000 square foot American Hydrotech green roof contains 16 species of vegetation native to the Bay area for the concessionaires, who will utilize produce within local farm-to-table menus. 85 percent of the water used at the stadium is recycled, used for both potable and non-potable uses such as the playing field irrigation water.

See the Project Profile to See All of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Publisher’s Note: Levi’s® Stadium was included in Greenroofs.com’s “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in the # 5 category “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues.”

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Year: 2014
Owner: Santa Clara Stadium Authority
Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 27,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public (with paid entrance)

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff California Architects
General Contractor: Turner Devcon, A Joint Venture
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Greenroof Installation: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractors
Solar Design & Installation: NRG Solar
Solar Design & Installation: SunPower Corp.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Levi’s® Stadium Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/2Pvf52mYlMk

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Call for Submittals on Kinetic Living Architecture

January 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

The Journal of Living Architecture (JOLA), a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities publication, has issued a Call for Submittals for manuscripts for the special topic issue of Kinetic Living Architecture.

What does this entail?  Mobile, movable, and kinetic forms of living architecture.  This is a great opportunity for you to share your research:

“This themed issue will profile the current state of projects, describe research findings, and deliver commentary to advance our understanding of living architecture that possesses movable traits or specific kinetic characteristics for green roofs, biofilters, screens, and walls. All submittal and dissemination will proceed within the Journal of Living Architecture’s current, peer-reviewed, open access format.” ~ JOLA Call for Submittals

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Submission Categories:

Commentary articles challenge or present an opinion on an issue of concern to the living architecture industry, or discuss a manuscript previously published in the JOLA. [1500-2500 words]
Ideas at Work describe novel ideas, innovative programs and new methods of interest to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
Tools of the Trade report on specific materials, books, techniques and technologies useful to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
Research in Brief manuscripts summarize research results of importance to living architecture professionals. The focus of a Research in Brief manuscript is more specific than a Feature. [1500-2500 words]
Feature manuscripts discuss concepts and research findings of particular significance to living architecture professionals and to the living architecture knowledge base, methodology, practice and organization.
Visuals drawings, maps or graphic communication that represents living architecture knowledge. (exploratory section).

Contact Info:

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For all inquiries contact Reid Coffman, MLA, Ph.D., JOLA Special Issue Editor and Co-Editor in Chief at: rcoffma4@kent.edu

Important Dates:

Notification of Interest: March 1, 2016
Manuscripts Due: June 1, 2016
Projected Publication: Fall 2016

Although the JOLA is published exclusively on GRHC’s Living Architecture Monitor magazine website, we certainly want to help to spread the word to our research community!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Project of the Week for January 25, 2016: Whole Foods Market – Lynnfield, MA

January 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

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Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA
Lynnfield, MA, USA
17,000 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Whole Foods Market has always celebrated the difference natural and organic products can make in the quality of one’s life. Located at Market Street Lynnfield, Whole Foods Market is the anchor tenant, with Jacobs Consultants as Architect of Record. This is the first Whole Foods Market in the United States with a rooftop farm, providing an estimated 11,000 lbs of hyper-local produce per year which is then sold inside the store.

The award-winning food roof was designed and constructed by Recover Green Roofs, LLC and all locally sourced materials were used. Maintained by Green City Growers, they say “The produce we get is more nutrient dense and fresher than anything else available, because the distance between where it’s grown and where it’s being consumed is really as minimal as it can be.” The American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System was used with 10″ planting mounds of lightweight growing media laid in 3′ wide rows. The growing media is a Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar. The plant varieties are determined in collaboration with the Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA produce department, and Green City Growers assembles a crop map by season. Set up in zones, from Rain Bird drip irrigation delivers water directly to the roots, minimizing waste. In 2016 Recover Green Roofs installed a hoop house to start from seed on site, which is currently growing kale. All produce from the food roof is grown using all organic farming methods and customers love the wide variety of the fresh, local produce of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on the open air rooftop farm.

See the Project Profile and Find More Photos and Additional Information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Year: 2013
Owner:
Whole Foods Market
Location:
Lynnfield, MA, USA
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
17000 sq.ft.
Slope:
3%
Access:
Accessible, By Appointment

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Record: Jacobs Consultants, Inc.
Greenroof Consultant & Construction Oversight:
Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Greenroof System:
American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System
Irrigation Design and Construction:
Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Planting and Maintenance:
Green City Growers
General Contractor:
Construction Management & Builders, Inc.
Plant Supplier:
Red Fire Farm
Irrigation System:
Rain Bird
Growing Media:
Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar
Growing Medium Supplier:
Read Custom Soils

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/AtAX6JMzLV0

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Video & Project of the Week for January 18, 2016: Shanghai Tobacco Factory

January 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/18/16

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Shanghai Tobacco Factory
Shanghai, China
86,111 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Starting in 2008 with completion in 2012, AS. Architecture-Studio designed and oversaw the construction of two new buildings and restoration of an existing building for the Zhonghua Tobacco Factory, also known as the Shanghai Tobacco Factory, which manufactures luxury cigarettes. Located in the Yangpu District near the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the urban, architectural, and landscape redevelopment of the 106,500 m² site sought to integrate large industrial buildings within a highly urbanized area. A roof garden with a total area of about 8,000 square meters was desired by the client and installed alongside exhaust pipes, cooling towers, and other industrial elements on the roof.

Due to roof construction constraints in addition to summer temperatures over 50 degrees C (122 degrees F), the Modular Greening Unit from Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co was specified, which can also store rainwater. A variety of grasses, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and small trees were planted in a substrate thickness of 35 cm. The colorful shrubs and tall fescue were designed with an interval collocation for tone, in a French romantic style; a sprinkler irrigation system waters the plants once per week. Because of the special features of the building, the insulation layer has a thickness of 50 cm, a waterproofing layer by Sika Sarnafil, and floor tiles cover the remaining area. Taking into account the needs of the plant growth according to the thickness of the matrix, two types of modules were used at 30 cm and 35 cm high. The roof greening project took only 48 days to be completed and AS. Architecture-Studio says “the new buildings fit perfectly into their environment and provide good thermal insulation and reduce energy consumption.” Six months after its completion, colorful, lush plants were blowing in the breeze as a wave travels up and down, as beautiful as a painting.

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

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Year: 2011
Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Building Type: Industrial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 86,111 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Greenroof Designer: Xia Hong, AS. Architecture-Studio
Modular Greenroof System: Modular Greening Unit, Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co., Ltd
Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Whole-process Investment Supervision: Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Shanghai Tobacco Factory Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/rtCQ_7oxdnM

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP