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Project of the Week for August 22, 2016: The B.O.B. Sky Patio

August 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/22/16

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The B.O.B. Sky Patio
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
608 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Sky Patio at The B.O.B. – an acronym for Big Old Building – is a landmark destination for dining and entertainment and a prime location in western Michigan to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The 70,000-square-foot, four-story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as Judson’s Grocery warehouse and stood vacant for decades before The Gilmore Collection saved it from demolition and began its multi-venue transformation which opened in 1997. Accessed through Bobarino’s, the second floor restaurant, The B.O.B. Sky Patio features a double-sided green wall that surrounds guests with greenery and provides fresh produce for the kitchen.

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Installed in August 2015 using the LiveWall system, the double-sided green wall totals 608 square feet. The three exterior sections are attached to the outside of the fencing that surrounds the patio. Facing out to the street, these sections frame the Sky Patio on three sides with annuals and perennials including coleus, impatiens, bigroot geranium, and vinca vine. There are five interior sections: three on the inside of the perimeter fence, and two on the back wall of the building. In addition to flowers, the interior sections include vegetables and herbs used in all of their everyday dishes such as parsley, chives, and varieties of kale, Swiss chard, and rainbow carrots. The B.O.B.’s mixology team also incorporates fresh basil, mint, lemongrass, and thyme into special summer cocktails. In addition, the green walls provide opportunities to work with outreach organizations, local schools, food co-ops, and neighborhood associations. Contributing to the beautification of downtown plus dampening traffic sounds, the living walls green up the exterior and interior of The B.O.B. Sky Patio, making it more inviting from the street below and enhancing the dining experience of the guests.

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Year: 2015
Owner: Gilmore Collection Restaurants
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 608 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Director of Sustainability: Alice Jasper, The Gilmore Collection
Greenwall System: LiveWall®
Gardener: Barbie Smith, The Gilmore Collection
Greenwall Maintenance: The Gilmore Collection
Bobarino’s Chef: Mick Rickerd

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

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Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman

August 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

If you are in the market for creating ecologically diverse greenroofs with butterflies and other beneficial insects, make sure to watch “Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Pollinators on the Parapets Angie Durhman

Angie Durhman of AD Greenroof (and previously Tecta America), is an excellent example of early female leadership and entrepreneurship in our living architecture community.  Although her Master’s studies in horticulture at Michigan State prepared her for green roof plant performance and environmental sustainability, she is just as masterful all aspects of the greenroofing industry, from the green arts through the black.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Pollinators on the Parapets Angie Durhman

In her 2015 Virtual Summit video Angie defines pollinators (honeybees, butterflies, and native bees, among others) and discusses the problems they have been facing over the last few years (such as pathogens, pesticides including neonicotinoids, loss of habitat and more).  She also presents a wide range of research including irrigation options and offers an in-depth case study of semi-intensive greenroofs covering over two acres on two areas on a building outside of Omaha, Nebraska.

Angie Durhman, GRP

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Pollinators on the Parapets Angie Durhman

Minneapolis, MN, USA. Angie Durhman runs an exclusive green roof consulting firm based in Minneapolis, AD Greenroof. They focus on design assistance, contractor oversight, and promoting GREENFORMATION(R), a customized maintenance program for existing green roofs.

In the course of her 13 years in the industry, Angie has been involved in over 400 projects of all sizes across the country. She received the GRP designation from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in 2009 and is often sought to present on sustainability topics to a variety of audiences. 

Read about “Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Pollinators on the Parapets Angie Durhman

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Come to Bogota for the 2016 WGIC: Awards Program & Early Bird Discount Due This Friday!

August 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Have you taken advantage of the Early Bird Discount Registration for the 2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress (2016 WGIC), held in beautiful Bogotá on October 19 – 21, 2016?  Don’t miss out on the savings ending this Friday!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

And, have you entered your projects in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards yet?  Organized by RECIVE, WGIN, and partner universities, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is open to institutions, designers, researchers, and students in various categories.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Award Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)

Join colleagues and industry professionals from across the world in the very green capital of Bogotá, Colombia, this fall for the 2016 WGIC to gather and talk about the positive impact of green infrastructure on urban environmental quality and on the well-being of people who live in cities.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Presented by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada) alongside the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), the World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

This year, Bogotá has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China, and Mexico.  The World Green Infrastructure Network appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300,000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Located at 8,600 feet above sea level in the geographical center of the country, and with approximately 7.6 million people living in its metropolitan area, Bogotá is by far the biggest urban center of the country and the sixth biggest city in Latin America.  Colombia is considered a diverse country given its culture, geography, and rich history making it a unique and genuine travel destination.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

The congress venue will be the new convention center, CONNECTA, a 250,000 m2 green city within the megacity of Bogotá.  With many buildings having received LEED Gold certification, CONNECTA introduces the concept of “business ecosystem” in Colombia: a working environment that fosters well-being and follows cutting-edge green design – covered with greenroofs!

“During the two days of lectures and discussions, the leading experts will show the most successful applications of green infrastructure in the world, the best research initiatives, the most outstanding projects, the latest technologies and the most recent incentive-oriented policies for building greening. On the third day, the congress audience will go to strategic places of Bogotá with the international experts. In this guided tours the visitors will be able to know in detail the best projects of green roofs and living walls, unique local flora and ecosystems, and local communities that do urban farming on the roofs of their houses.” ~ WGIC2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

WGIC 2016 Highlights

Key Facts:

More than 30 speakers; More than 20 international speakers; 400 – 500 attendees; Trade Fair with 25 stands; First World Green Congress in South America; Technical, Social and Environmental Tours; Green Awards in four categories; Business Roundtables; Technical and Commercial Lectures.

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Congress Topics:

City Greening and Cultural Services – Technonatures: Technique and Installation – Policy and Economics of Green – Supporting Services Come to Town – Regulating Services in the New Eco-urban – Provisioning Services in the New Eco-urban – Project and Design: Rethinking Green – International Case Studies – After Green: Future Trends – Latin American Green.

Keynotes and Speakers:

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

L to R: James Ramsey, Patrick Blanc, Manfred Köhler, and Dusty Gedge.

You’ll hear from awesome international presenters including WGIC 2016 co-organizer Andrés Ibañez (RECIVE and the Latin America Green Infrastructure Network) from Colombia; Mexico City Secretary of Environment Tanya Müller García, Mexico; James Ramsey (The Lowline) from the U.S.; Patrick Blanc (Le Mur Vegetal) from France; Manfred Köhler (World Green Infrastructure Network) from Germany; Dusty Gedge (European Federation of Green Roof Associations -EFB- and livingroofs.org) from the UK; Steven Peck (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities) from Canada; me (Greenroofs.com) from the U.S. – plus many more!

See the full, jam-packed Agenda.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards:

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is a world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro: objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Competition Tracks:

Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.

Each track has two categories:

Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English.
Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.

All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)
Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day)
Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.

If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

“The congress will place Bogotá at the core of the latest urban environmental themes, with an agenda that goes beyond climate change. Experts and audience will discuss the urban transformation resulting from the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure: air purification, flood risk reduction, noise absorption, food production, generation of clean energy, mitigation of heat island effect, increase of natural habitat for species in risk of extinction, connection of local ecosystems with urban green belts, and creation of green areas for human recreation and contemplation.

These themes will open up a new chapter in the development of our cities towards eco-productive architecture and incremental urbanism.” ~ WGIC2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

More info:

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Visit: http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ or contact: info@recive.org.

Don’t miss out on learning about green infrastructure and being a part of the bustling, musical, and magical Bogotá where warm hospitality mixes with modern and traditional every day – and don’t miss either the Early Bird Registration OR the Submission Deadline for THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards ending this Friday, August 19th!

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Aramis and I will be here in Bogotá, where I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.  We hope you will, too.

~ Saludos!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass

August 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Undeniably, Ed Snodgrass is one of the, if not THE, extensive greenroof plant gurus in the world, so be sure not to miss watching his video “Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Climate Ecological Plant Selection Ed Snodgrass

The quintessential plantsman, co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants, and all-around wonderful guy is world renown for his research and production of a wide variety of extensive plants, many of which are grown at Emory Knoll Farms.  We’ve had the distinct pleasure of knowing him since 2002, and he was an early contributing editor here on Greenroofs.com – our first, in fact, from 2004 – and he still writes, albeit very occasionally!

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Climate Ecological Plant Selection Ed Snodgrass

Ed is the author or co-author of many excellent books, which you can all all find in our Bookstore.  He was one of our keynote speakers from our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011, and you can also see his video “Right Plant, Right Place” Opening Keynote Address by Ed Snodgrass on our YouTube channel here.  You can also read my 2009 “From Llamas to Greenroofs: An Interview with Ed Snodgrass” to get a glance into his life back then.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Climate Ecological Plant Selection Ed Snodgrass

In his 2015 Virtual Summit video Ed talks about plant selection relative to the function of the plants and the geography of the roof location.  He asks, “What do we want from them, what are we asking these plants to do, and what are we asking them not to do on the harsh locations of rooftops?”  Focusing on the means for plant survival and maintenance, Ed also looks at plant selection and the promise of the delivery of ecosystem services such as habitat creation or biodiversity.

Edmund C. Snodgrass

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Climate Ecological Plant Selection Ed Snodgrass

Street, MD, USA. Edmund C. Snodgrass is president and founder of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. and Green Roof Plants, North America’s first nursery specializing in green roof plants and horticultural consulting. Edmund has consulted on projects throughout the US and also in England, France, New Zealand, China, Australia and Morocco. Since its inception, Emory Knoll Farms has supplied plants for over 1,587 green roof projects.

Edmund is the co-author of Green Roof Plants, A Planting and Resource Guide, (Timber Press, 2006), The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance (Timber Press 2010), Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living (Timber Press 2011), and The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening (Timber Press 2011).

Ed has also been a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2004): the Plant Editor where he answers reader questions, writes occasional articles, and features seasonal greenroof plants in “Ask Ed.”

Read about “Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Climate Ecological Plant Selection Ed Snodgrass

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.