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Project of the Week for September 26, 2016: Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building

September 26, 2016 at 9:30 am

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/26/16

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Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building
Portland, OR, USA
11,893 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

The seat of Oregon’s Multnomah County Government, the Multnomah Building is also home to the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof.  Completed in 2003 and originally known as the Multnomah County Multnomah Building Eco Roof, the green roof is a powerful educational opportunity with public accessibility, interpretive activities, and free sharing of data.  Upon exiting the 5th floor, the greenroof panorama of meadow-like wildflowers, grasses, and sedums is immediately visible. Created as Portland’s first public green roof demonstration garden, descriptive signs offer greenroof information.  Designed by Carleton Hart Architecture and Macdonald Environmental Planning with consulting by Marie-Anne Boivin and Tremco, the major portion of green roof is not accessible but the adjacent rooftop plaza serves as the demonstration area.  In 2005 it was renamed the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof in honor of the late Multnomah County Sustainability Manager who gained respect and county-wide awareness for her environmental leadership.

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

In 2009 partners created the “Hope Garden” in six inches of lightweight growing mix in the accessible serpentine raised bed and planted organic vegetable gardens to recognize the growing community interest in local food systems and to inspire residents to plant their own edible gardens.  In 2014 a small demonstration edible living wall was installed by Green Living Technologies.  Planted with a variety of herbs and vegetables, the green wall and the rooftop Hope Garden grow donations for the Oregon Food Bank.  The roof also serves as a laboratory for experiments conducted by Portland State University, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, and others to quantify green roof benefits and increase public knowledge.  The County says the green roof evaporates about 25% of the building’s rainwater and reduces the air conditioning load between 5-10%.  The Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof stands as a Portland icon as one of the first municipal green roofs, a symbol of remembrance for a beloved county leader, and a source of pride for Multnomah County’s commitment to sustainability.

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

NOTE:  The Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building was part of the inspiration for starting GRiT – the Green Roof info Think-tank, and GRiT’s four founders were involved in the project in one way or another. GRiT is the organizer of the upcoming Portland Ecoroof Symposium:  See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4 and I hope to see you there!

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Year: 2003
Owner: Multnomah County
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 11893 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible & Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Principal: Brian Carleton, Carleton Hart Architecture
Project Manager: Julie Wells Proksch, formerly with Carleton Hart Architecture
Design Team: Karen Pearson, Carleton Hart Architecture
Principal: Laurel Macdonald, Macdonald Environmental Planning
Landscape Architect: Jason King, formerly with Macdonald Environmental Planning
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Green Roof Design Consultant: Marie-Anne Boivin
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Interface Engineering
Surveyor: Ztec Engineering
Monitoring Consultant: Portland State University
Roofing Consultant: Tremco
General Contractor: Anderson Roofing
Green Wall System & Installation: George Irwin, Green Living Technologies (GLTi)

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

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Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4

September 23, 2016 at 3:02 am

The Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 held on October 2 and 3 has been finalized, and a GRP Course from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been added on October 4:

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Just click above to register, or Register Here.

That kind of says it all, right?

Liz Hart, GRiT Executive Director, and the volunteer members of GRiT have done a great job organizing everything – please contact Liz at elizabethkhart@comcast.net or 404-725-1602 if you have any questions; also visit the GRiT webpage for more information.

The Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 is going to be fun, I can tell ~ hopefully Aramis and I will see you there!

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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin

September 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

If you believe ecology is not limited to stormwater runoff and saving energy but that it also includes how we relate to each other and how imbalances are addressed, then you must watch “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin 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 over 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 Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

With our dear friend and associate Patrick Carey of Hadj Design, Peter Ensign of DC Greenworks, George Irwin of Green Living Technologies International, and Darius Jones from the Chicago Botanic Garden, we put together a fantastic panel on methods of dealing with some of the social inequities we face through various public and private programs.  But at the last minute Darius was unable to participate on filming day, so we created a second panel for Patrick to interview him on a subsequent time.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones will be highlighted next week!

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Patrick Carey is one of, if not THE most, knowledgeable persons I know where greenroofs are concerned – and a bit too humble about it!  It seems we’ve known Patrick forever – he was one of my earliest greenroof colleagues from 2000 or so.  He’s also been one of our earliest contributing editors, the Architecture Editor, and writes a very occasional architectural column entitled “A View from the Sky Trenches,” where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.

As an interviewer/moderator, Patrick is masterful and thoughtful! Don’t miss his excellent A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture which he wrote to go along with the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013’s “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh and “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator).

From 2011’s Virtual Summit you can watch the excellent Panel Session “Green Roofs Without the Hype” with Patrick Carey, Dr. Robert Berghage, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass where Patrick started his moderating skills with Greenroofs.com.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

We’ve known Peter Ensign for a while, leading the now-closed DC Greenworks’ wonderful work in the Washington, D.C. community.  In fact, Haven Kiers and I have highlighted their programs and projects previously in our yearly Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  As DC Greenworks closed last summer 2015 having fulfilled their mission, Peter moved on several months ago and joined Riverbend Nursery to market the LiveRoof systems.

George Irwin is another esteemed colleague of ours, formerly our Green Wall Editor.  Known for his outspoken and sometimes controversial opinions, you can stay up to date with his happenings at his company, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi). George has also participated in previous Virtual Summits; see his collaborative video “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from 2013 and the “Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Wall to Table” with George Irwin, Tom Ferraro, and U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from 2011.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

In this hour plus video, learn about the numerous benefits to the green economy when including greenroofs and greenwalls and with different training programs how people – at risk youth, underprivileged adults or transitioning adults – can turn their lives around and heal themselves and the environment.  Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives with years of experience in working with issues of human ecology like unemployment, poverty, and rehabilitation through projects that also heal the natural environment.

Patrick Carey, GRP

Chicago, IL, USA. Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture.  Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at various universities.

Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP

Washington, DC, USA. This is Peter’s bio from early 2015: Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP,  has been the Executive Director of DC Greenworks in Washington, DC since 2010. Peter has overseen the installation of over 70 green roofs, 3500 rain-barrels, dozens of rain and native habitat gardens, and the only rooftop farm in DC. In 2014 Peter developed and delivered the first green roof maintenance training program, Growing Futures, in the District of Columbia. Upon completion all of the graduates were employed within 30 days. Peter has served as a speaker on stormwater issues and green job training through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Peter envisions a future where rainwater is considered a valuable resource to be harvested and reused for the greater good, requiring a local skilled labor force to perform stewardship of our natural assets. Peter holds a multi-disciplinary degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

George Irwin

Rochester, NY, USA. George Irwin is founder and President of Green Living Technologies International, LLC (GLTi), a privately held company manufacturing patented Green Living Walls and Green Living Roofs, and is a global pioneer in vertical farming. Prior to founding GLTi, George was a landscape contractor for 20+ years. He holds a degree in education and maintains his passion for out-of-the-box learning. His efforts have earned him recognition as an education partner for the New York City Department of Education and additional higher education facilities, such as the State University of New York (and other international universities), with the development of a dedicated degree track in “Green Technology / STEM” education.

GLTi’s patented product applications of green walls and roofs include scalable vertical farms utilizing a compost-based growing media (GLTi bioSoil), allowing indoor farming operations 12 months a year to maximize production space including walls, roof, and the vertical floor plan. George is a former contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2008-2015) where as the Green Wall Editor he shared his own experience as well as industry happenings within the field.”

Read about “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

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:

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“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.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out as a Signature Symbol of Sustainability for the Gilmore Collection, By Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

September 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Commitment to Sustainability is a Defining Element of the Gilmore Collection, Western Michigan’s Premier Hospitality Enterprise

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Gilmore Collection owns and runs 14 restaurants, two nightclubs, a comedy club, and a full-service catering operation.  The company has developed a reputation for delivering wonderful food, beverage, entertainment, atmosphere, and hospitality at each of its locations in Western Michigan.  The Gilmore Collection also includes the Redstone Inn, a historic turn-of-the-century style Rocky Mountain resort in Colorado.  Gilmore Collection restaurants are known for their intimate bond with the communities they serve through preservation of historic architecture, marvelous hospitality, creative culinary expertise, and local sourcing of products.  An authentic commitment to sustainability is a hallmark of the Gilmore Collection.

“There is nothing more important to me than Gilmore Collection’s commitment to sustainability. The pivot in our corporate culture toward being even more eco-friendly is clear and, more importantly, genuine,” said Greg Gilmore, chief executive officer. “We look at every facet of our business practices to ensure we are acting responsibly, in a timely manner, and with laser focus on making tangible changes today and as we move forward into the future.”

Historic preservation and restoration

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

The foundation of the company’s commitment to sustainability is its tradition of saving and restoring historic buildings and turning once-vacant structures into thriving landmark destinations that enrich and enliven local communities and neighborhoods.  For example, the Kirby House (Grand Haven, MI) is located in a historic hotel, which dates back to 1873 when it opened as the Gildner Hotel.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Nick Fink’s Saloon, the oldest tavern in Grand Rapids was established in 1888.  Today, it thrives again while retaining its historic character after its acquisition and makeover by the Gilmore Collection.

Pasture to plate since 1978

Long before local sourcing of food became a trend in the restaurant business, it was a long-established practice for the Gilmore Collection.  Its menus feature fresh products from more than two dozen regional farms, orchards, bakeries, and other local producers.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

The Gilmore Collection takes local sourcing to a whole other level: hyper-local.  They plant and harvest produce at on-site gardens.  The garden at the Blue Water Grill is almost an acre in size.  Mangiamo!, an Italian-inspired restaurant located in a restored 19th century mansion, has a quarter-acre garden.

The Gilmore Collection’s most recent innovation in hyper-local sourcing, green walls, bring gardens right into their restaurants.  Green walls, also called living walls, are structural systems that partially or completely cover wall surfaces with plants.  Attached to an existing wall or freestanding, installed indoors or outdoors, green walls provide growing media and support for plants on the face of a wall.

“Green walls transform plain walls into vertical gardens. With flowering plants and greenery, they make the settings where they are installed more pleasant and relaxing. Green walls can also be used for herbs and vegetables,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of LiveWall, LLC (Spring Lake, MI). “They are an attractive design and sustainability feature for restaurants, hotels and resorts.”

The B.O.B. and its green wall

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Before the green wall.

The B.O.B. is the Gilmore Collection’s most ambitious project, and it exemplifies their commitment to sustainability.  The B.O.B. is an acronym for Big Old Building, and it is big.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Judson’s Grocery can be seen on the right side of the Edison Light and Fuel Co. Photo source: HistoryGrandRapids.org from the Grand Rapids City Archives.

The 70,000-square-foot, four-story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as the Judson Grocery warehouse.  It stood vacant for decades before the Gilmore Collection saved it from demolition and began its transformation into a landmark hospitality destination in downtown Grand Rapids.  Opened in 1997, The B.O.B. offers multiple venues, including bars, restaurants, comedy and nightclubs, and the rooftop Sky Patio, which is accessible through Bobarino’s restaurant on the second floor.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

The 900-square-foot Sky Patio was not truly complete until 2015.  That is when its signature green wall was installed.  The distinctive double-sided green wall surrounds guests with the beauty of nature and provides fresh ingredients for the food they enjoy.

“Our living wall on the Sky Patio is a vivid symbol of our commitment to sustainability and support of the local environments where our restaurants are located,” said Alice Jasper, director of sustainability, the Gilmore Collection. “It greens up the exterior and interior of the rooftop patio, contributing to the beautification of downtown, making the patio more inviting from the street below, and enhancing the dining experience of our guests.”

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

The green wall was constructed in August 2015 with the LiveWall® system.  The two-sided green wall totals 608 square feet.  Three exterior sections (48 inches in height) 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 flowering annuals and perennials.  There are five interior sections (45.5 inches in height), three on the inside of the perimeter fence and two on the back wall of the building.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

“Local sourcing of ingredients is one of our main sustainable hospitality practices,” said Barbie Smith, the Gilmore Collection’s gardener. “With the green wall at the B.O.B., we grow ingredients right near the tables where our guests dine. You cannot get more local than that.”

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

In addition to flowers, the interior sections include vegetables and herbs used in the kitchen.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

“The green wall is a vertical garden with a variety of edibles. What chef wouldn’t want a garden with fresh herbs and produce right in their restaurant? A green wall makes it practical,” said Mick Rickerd, chef at Bobarino’s. “We utilize the herbs in all our everyday dishes and the vegetables, like Swiss chard and rainbow carrots, in daily features. Our mixology team incorporates fresh basil, mint, lemongrass and thyme into special summer cocktails.”

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

The ownership experience

“A green wall is a cool and clean way of growing plants in a restaurant,” said Smith.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Having a vertical garden inside a restaurant requires some management and maintenance.  In addition, having the right kind of system for a restaurant is essential.  The LiveWall system installed at the B.O.B. features integrated irrigation.  Well-designed, unobtrusive irrigation that runs on a timer and without disturbing food service operations is essential.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

LiveWall is a modular system with plastic planters that attach to its rails.  The plants grow in inserts, specially designed plastic boxes that drop into, and can be removed from, the planter modules.  This design is ideal for herbs and vegetables, which are planted annually.  Annual blooming flowers and edibles are started in the inserts at a greenhouse to prepare them for the summer season.  As soon as the risk of frost has passed, a restaurant green wall can be ready to go.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Smith visits the green wall once a week.  She checks the moisture level of the growing medium and adjusts the irrigation system.  She also checks the growth of the plants, paying careful attention to pinching off the herbs so they do not flower.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

“Every week, I talk to the chefs and bartenders and let them know what is ready to use,” she said.  “They pick the herbs and vegetables themselves when they need them.”

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

The Gilmore Collection is continuing to expand on-site gardening for hyper-local sourcing of menu ingredients. “As we continue to support and express our commitment to sustainability, our goal is to have gardens or green walls at each of our locations by the end of 2017,” said Jasper. Two new green walls have already been installed at other locations, and more are in the planning stage.

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

“The living walls and gardens are long-term projects. We do not expect any immediate business results, other than they are beautiful and create a great ambiance, particularly at the Sky Patio at The B.O.B.,” said Gilmore. “I do believe that the ambiance has resulted in increased revenues.”

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The B.O.B. Sky Patio was featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week on August 22, 2016.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

Amber Poncé is the Business Development Manager for LiveRoof Global, LLC. Since 2006, Amber Ponce has helped to expand the LiveRoof Global network of professional horticulturists and growers to an industry leading supplier of green roof systems. In her role as business development manager, she has trained dozens of professionals in technical aspects of green roofing. She has actively participated in the development of industry testing standards and building codes, and currently sits on the policy and growing media committees of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. She is an accredited Green Roof Professional with seven years hands on experience in green roofing – including experience with growing media formulation, plant selection and production, shipping logistics, installation and maintenance. Amber has helped participate in the development of standards related to green roofing and worked with a team of engineers to coordinate the first ever full-scale wind uplift test on green roofs.

Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain.

Contact Amber Poncé:
616.935.1964
AmberP@LiveRoof.com

David Aquilina

Double-Sided Green Wall Stands Out Signature Symbol Sustainability Gilmore Collection

David Aquilina, Strategic Storyteller (www.linkedin.com/in/davidaquilina), is a corporate communications consultant and freelance writer.  David makes his home up on the edge of the northern prairie in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Contact David Aquilina:
612.716.5628;
davida@strategicstoryteller.com
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