Video & Project of the Week for November 17, 2014: Hilton Garden Inn – West End

November 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm Project of the Week: 11/17/14


Hilton Garden Inn – West End
Washington, DC, USA

5,820 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Pursuing LEED Silver, the four-star 167,888 square foot Hilton Garden Inn West End hotel is an upscale mid-priced 238-room hotel situated within walking distance of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic attractions and corporations. Upon opening in May 2014, the Hilton Garden Inn began participating in the LightStay program, a Hilton Worldwide initiative to save energy by continuous measurement and reduction of electric, gas and water consumption. Contributing to the LEED accreditation, this property designed by Shalom Baranes Associates includes condensate recovery, ventilation recovery, low VOC finishes and seven separate vegetative roofs over three different roof levels.

Prospect Waterproofing installed the second level courtyard greenroof system by American Hydrotech with over thirty different varieties of perennials and deciduous shrubs in engineered growing media ranging in depths of 8″ to 16″. Triangular pyramidal skylights lend a modern feel to this outdoor space, while a perimeter green screen with trellising vines add additional urban greenification. Vegetation at the pool deck and penthouse roof levels consists of deciduous perennials intermixed with sedum and other succulents. Tall grasses installed near the building rising wall adjacent to the pool area offer contrasting vegetation heights. Below surface drip irrigation was installed and in lieu of standard irrigation timers, soil moisture sensors mitigate any unnecessary watering. Craning in a difficult and high-traffic area of DC made logistical coordination essential. Construction required coordination with multiple trades including masons, electricians, steelworkers and plumbers.

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

Year: 2014
Owner: Starperoto M St Partners
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
5,820 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Shalom Baranes Associates
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech – Intensive Green Roof
Green Roof Installation: Prospect Waterproofing
Landscape Architect: Oculus
Irrigation: Netafim
General Contractor: Turner Construction
Plant Supplier: Kurt Bluemel, Inc., Emory Knoll Farms/ Green Roof Plants & others

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for November 10, 2014: Nashville Music City Center

November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm Project of the Week: 11/10/14


Nashville Music City Center
Nashville, TN, USA
191,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The LEED Gold certified Nashville Music City Center (MCC) is a 1,200,000 square foot convention center in the SoBro (South of Broadway) district in Nashville. Five stories high, the wavy roof has three independent greenroof sections which mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee. The iconic greenroof design represents the frets and body of a guitar – including 845 solar panels incorporated into the guitar body itself. A 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank stores rainwater from the roof which is used to irrigate outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.

The Music City Center is the recipient of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2014 Green Roof Special Recognition Award. The co-recipients are Roofmeadow, who designed the greenroof, provided construction oversight, and oversees maintenance; Greenrise Technologies, who constructed the greenroof and also conducts greenroof maintenance; and TVS, lead architect, who conceived the greenroof project and laid out the signature green diamond pattern. Greenrise Technologies says “This project represents the ultimate fusion of aesthetics and engineered performance.”

Designed for stormwater retention and urban heat island reduction, the greenroof can handle a 2.6-million-gallon stormwater offset. Protected by a waterproofing membrane from Sika Sarnafil with Bonar‘s Enkadrain®/W 3601 drainage, the shallow under 3″ deep rooflite® Extensive MCL substrate blended by Garick is covered with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Sempergreen. The undulating surfaces with pitches ranging from 16 – 25% required slope stabilization of the media, and the Anti-Slip System Type N with net and sills from Optigreen® was used, supplied by Conservation Technology.

We at hope to see you in Music City tomorrow at CitiesAlive!  As you may know, Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design this Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.  The Nashville Music City Center is included in our Top 10 List, representing one great example of the #5 category, “Sculptural Architecture.”

Year: 2012
Owner: City of Nashville
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
191,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 25%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS); Tuck Hinton Architects; and Moody-Nolan Architects
General Contractor Joint Venture: Bell & Associates Construction, Clark Construction Group, Harmony Construction Group
Greenroof Design: Roofmeadow, with TVS
Greenroof Installation: Greenrise Technologies
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Roofer: Baker Roofing
Drainage: Enkadrain®/W 3601, Bonar
Anti-Slip System: Type N with Net and Sills, Optigreen®
Optigreen® Distributor: Conservation Technology
Growing Medium: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pre-vegetated Mats: Sempergreen
Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies with oversight from Roofmeadow


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Register by Tonight for Last CitiesAlive Discount!

November 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Will you be going to Nashville this week for Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesCitiesAlive: 12th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference?


Online registration offering a 10% discount closes tonight at 11:59 pm central time: This is your last chance to register online before walk in rates apply.  Register now.

Aramis and I will be there along with some of our contributing editors and a few hundred of our colleagues! Music City is a spectacular place to learn about new design, research, and policy from leaders in our field of green architecture – plus have a great time.

Participants will dig into the science of performance, explore the many interrelationships between energy and water, and investigate the most forward thinking designs and policies that fuel essential innovation in green building and infrastructure.

Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our fast and furious (and always fun) 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design on Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.

For all the lively events, see the updated Conference Agenda.



Did you know that if you can’t make it to Nashville you can still participate?  Register for the Live Webcast and earn up to 11.5 CEUs.  Plus, the Opening Plenary Webcast is free.

Visit for more info.


Hopefully we’ll see you in a couple of days!

~Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for November 7, 2014: Apex Green Roofs

November 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


 Apex Green Roofs is a full service green roof company that designs, builds & maintains green roofs in the New England and Mid Atlantic regions.


Apex Green Roofs is a full service design/build green roof company.

Starting in 2003, their work includes over 60 green roof projects in New England and the Mid Atlantic. Working with a multi-disciplinary clientele, their designs and installations range from urban to rural locations, working with public, private and residential clients.

They design, install and maintain utilitarian extensive green roof systems to more complex intensive systems like roof gardens.


For more detailed information about Apex Green Roofs, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, we have created a prominent position on the Homepage for this weekly spotlight as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (about 1:00 -2:00 min., depending on listing level) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos will also be playing on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.


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