Video & Project of the Week for April 14, 2014: The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall

April 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/14/14

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The Ohio State University (OSU)
Green Roof at Howlett Hall

Columbus, OH, USA
12,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Located on the 60-acre Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Howlett Hall is home to The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Horticulture & Crop Sciences and the Food Science Processing Plant. Having been designed to house a rooftop garden originally in 1967, previously it was a tar and chip roof that was hot and unattractive, as well as an under-utilized space on the urban campus.

Along with Mary Maloney, director of Chadwick, the renewed efforts of a former student, Megan Meier of Higher Ground Green Roofs, jump-started the green roof campaign again in 2010. Three and a half years later, the Ohio State University Green Roof at Howlett Hall was the first publicly-accessible green roof in Columbus. The depth of the lightweight growing media from rooflite® ranges from 4-6″ with areas where it mounds to 18″. The team covered about half of the roof with a pre-grown Sedum mat from Sempergreen, with 11-14 varieties. The other half was planted with 7,225 perennials. It is estimated that 191,196 gallons of polluted stormwater runoff are diverted each year from the watershed of the nearby Olentangy River, with a projected annual savings of $10,374 in energy costs and roof maintenance.

Year: 2013
Owner: Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 12,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: NBBJ
Architect: Mikel Coulter, CTL Engineering, Inc.
Owner’s Rep/Consultant: Higher Ground Green Roofs
Construction Management: Roofmeadow
Pre-vegetated Sedum Carpet: Moerings USA / Sempergreen
Growing Media: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pavers: Hanover® Architectural Products
Installation: McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale is Friday, April 25

April 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Are you located in southern California?  Well, then you can’t miss the Good Earth Plant Company‘s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale!

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You’ve read about the company’s outgoing owner Jim Mumford here before with my blog post “Jim Mumford on TEDxYouth@SanDiego – Watch Him Now!” of November 18, 2012.

Read about the Open House:

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Visit with him and his team to see awesome roofs and walls as well as other eco-friendy low impact development projects in sunny San Diego – plus you can pick up some new plants to spruce up your spring landscape. The Open House takes place on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at their headquarters, 7922 Armour Street in San Diego.  See a map here and RSVP soon.

Visit Good Earth Plants | GreenScaped Building to learn more, and in particular about the Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale here.

Happy spring greening,

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for April 7, 2014: Via Verde – The Green Way

April 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/7/14

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Via Verde – The Green Way
Bronx, New York City, NY, USA
40,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Situated in the heart of the South Bronx, the multi-award winning Via Verde – The Green Way, is a model of green living at its best with a 66 kW building-integrated photovoltaic system, onsite cogeneration, rainwater harvesting, community vegetable gardens, green roofs and much more. Designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects, financing for this $98 million project from owner/developer Jonathan Rose Companies / Phipps Houses was the result of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s multiple tax bond and subsidy initiatives which allowed those with a lower income to qualify for residential eligibility.

With an extraordinarily high incidence of asthma in the Bronx, along with prevailing obesity, partially because of limited access to fresh produce in poor neighborhoods, Via Verde was conceived to solve such health concerns.  Lending a unique identity to the LEED NC Gold certified development, a series of green roofs designed by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects serves as the organizing architectural element, stepping up from three-story townhouses at the southern end of the site to a 20-story tower at the north. Utilizing Garden Roof® Assemblies from American Hydrotech, greenroof contractor Nations Roof East exercised great care with Via Verde’s working heights which soar some twenty stories above ground level. The variety of plants used within the many Via Verde roof levels includes succulents; sod grass lawns; perennial and annual flowers; diverse vegetables such as kale and tomatoes; fruit such as raspberries and blueberries; shrubs; and even small apple and fir trees, the latter of which are decorated during the festive Christmas holidays.

Year: 2012
Owner: Jonathan Rose Companies / Phipps Houses
Location: Bronx, New York City, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 40,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architectural Designers: Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects
Greenroof Landscape Designer: Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects
Greenroof Contractor: Nations Roof LLC, Richard M. Nugent, CEO and Nations Roof East, LLC, Michael Johannes, President
Greenroof System: Garden Roof® Assembly, American Hydrotech
Energy Efficiency, Solar Design & LEED Consultant: Bright Power
General Contractor: Lettire Construction Corp.
Energy Consultant: Association for Energy Affordability

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Via Verde – The Green Way Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Enter the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest Now!

April 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

The details have been finalized, and you can now enter the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest for 2014!

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You’ve got just over two weeks to enter on our Facebook page and rally your friends, family and colleagues to vote for your submission.  At noon EDT on Earth Day 2014 – April 22 – the photo entry with the most votes will win a $100 Amazon.com gift card – plus receive a lot of publicity!

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PhotoContestIcononFacebookVisit our Facebook page to see all the details, enter and vote, but this is it in a nutshell:

To get the party started, click on the Earth Day Photo Contest icon.  Now you’re on the right page!  Then, to enter, hit the Enter tab on the left; to vote, hit the Vote tab.

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We started the Contest by submitting two project examples, a greenroof: the California Academy of Sciences (the cover of our 2014 Greenroofs of the World™ Calendar, photo by Tom Fox of SWA Group) and a greenwall: Musée du quai Branly (photo by me from a visit to Paris in 2010) – and someone’s already submitted the first real project, the Empire state Building, above.

Want a little more info about the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day 2014 Photo Contest?  Here it is:

What is it?

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs. It’s designed to be quick, simple, and fun, and basically is a popularity contest among our international readership. Any and all types of greenroofs and greenwalls are eligible, any place on Earth.

All you have to do is submit a photo and tell your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite greenroof or living wall using hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We’ll be keeping everyone updated on our Greenroofs.com Facebook Photo Contest page.

Each planted roof or wall needs to visually epitomize its relationship to our planet – it needs to show us how it is a living example of loving the Earth – in other words, don’t just send a close-up of pretty flowers! Show the greenroof or wall in context with its site.

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof/wall owner or the designers of record. And voting is open to everyone, too, as many times as you like but only once per day, so tell your friends to vote for your submission! Enter early so you can get people to vote often!

What do I have to do to enter the contest?

Like us on Facebook first, then just click on the “Earth Day Photo Contest” icon and follow the directions:

1) Enter your email address;

2) Upload a stunning photo of a greenroof or greenwall.

3) Enter a caption for your photo including its name and location – tell us how it is a living example of loving the Earth and worthy of being an example of forward-thinking sustainable design to let everyone know why they should vote for this particular project photo.

4) Hit Enter and you’re in. Ask your friends to vote for you and tell others to spread the word by using hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

How do people vote?

Visit the Photo Gallery on the “Earth Day Photo Contest” Vote tab on Facebook and click the photo you want to vote for. You can vote once per day!

How do I win?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The winner will have “their” project highlighted on Greenroofs.com as an upcoming Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week, and we’ll feature you in a Sky Gardens Blog interview so you can really tell us more about this living roof or wall and why you love it so much.

And, as a humble token of our esteem, the winner will also receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

Enjoy and participate!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!

~ Linda V.