Project of the Week for September 18, 2017: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage

September 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/18/17

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage
Seattle, WA, USA
87,120 sf Greenroofs plus multiple green infrastructure elements

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people and its campus is a paragon of sustainable features. Designed by NBBJ Architects and completed in 2011, the multi-award winning Gates Foundation’s headquarters is the largest LEED-NC Platinum Certified nonprofit building in the world. Located across the street from the Seattle Space Needle, the former 12-acre asphalt parking lot had previously emptied its runoff into Puget Sound. But the design team including landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) created a stylish palette of mostly natives, including big leaf maples and edibles, along with drought tolerant non-natives. And, the campus features a total of two acres of extensive greenroofs, each with a five inch depth with plantings of sedum and sempervivum.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Completed first in 2008, most striking is the Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage, with its 1.5 acre undulating living roof from American Hydrotech. The multifaceted structure is flooded with natural light and the high-vaulted roof is cut with a dramatic skylight. Working with NBBJ and GGN, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company led the water resource management design, including a 100 percent non-potable irrigation system, water harvesting, subsurface drainage, green roofs, and soils engineering.

Rainwater is filtered by the greenroofs and directed from paved areas into a million-gallon cistern, currently harvesting 3.3 million gallons of rainwater a year. Conservation strategies reduce energy consumption by 39 percent via a solar array, thermal energy, and more. Potable water use is reduced by 79 percent through landscape features, rainwater storage, and the living roofs. This represents an upfront investment in the 100-year energy-efficient building that will pay for itself in fewer than 30 years. In addition to regenerating the surrounding downtown Seattle community, the ecologically and workplace-sensitive campus design has created a new world model for sustainable urban campuses.

Publisher’s Note: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage greenroof will be featured on one of the tours at CitiesAlive 2017.  Join colleagues on Thursday, September 21 at 9:00am – 12:00pm – click to learn more.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Year: 2008
Owner: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center (garage only co-owned)
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use – Commercial: Above-Ground Parking Garage and Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 87120 sq.ft. (approximately 2 acres between all of the greenroof on the campus)
Slope: Varies to about 7%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: NBBJ
Landscape Architect: GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol)
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Landscape Contractor: Pacific Earthworks
Greenroof Plant and Ecology Consultant: Rana Creek
Multiple Engineering Services: Arup
General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company, Inc.
Irrigation and Soils: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

More Info

View the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 9/18/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Sean Airhart/NBBJ; ©GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), including one each by ©Timothy Hursley and ©Sellen Construction Company; and ©Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29th ~ Round #2 starts on October 16th!

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Supporting Native NYC Wildlife: Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

September 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival in NYC: native plants on the roof

Our colleagues at Kingsland Wildflowers are holding their second annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival atop their beautiful greenroof!  How many times times do you have an opportunity like this one to experience a living roof firsthand?

“The festival will celebrate the second season of our green roof and community engagement space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Visitors will explore three flourishing green roofs that have been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape.” ~ Kingsland Wildflowers

The Greenpoint, Brooklyn community project is committed to providing the neighborhood with living and growing infrastructure to support native New York City wildlife.  The project is also focused on developing educational programming in the space related to sustainable conservation practices and wildlife protection.

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Photo by Joanna Kim, courtesy of Marni Majorelle, Alive Structures.

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival Details

When?  Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 12pm-4pm

Where?  Broadway Stages, 520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222
– Greenpoint Ave., G Train (check weekend MTA schedules!)
– B24 Bus @ Greenpoint Ave / Kingsland Ave

What?  Rooftop festival.

Questions?  Email: info@kingslandwildflowers.com

Activities Include:

• Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts!
• Interactive activities for kids and families!
• Music, food, and beer from local breweries!
• Partner community organizations discussing local conservation projects!
• 360° panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens!

Funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

Have Fun, Explore & Learn

The Kingsland Wildflowers Festival invites local residents to explore the 22,000 square foot greenroof while adding an educational component with community organizations tabling and running activities to engage families and children.

Most importantly, the Festival offers access for many Brooklyn residents to learn about environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Photo by Joanna Kim, courtesy of Marni Majorelle, Alive Structures.

Who of us in the living architecture community wouldn’t love to be there?  Too bad I won’t be in NYC this weekend, but I hope you can attend!

For more information, visit www.kingslandwildflowers.com.

And, look for this stunning project soon as an upcoming Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29th ~ Round #2 starts on October 16th!

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Last Chance to Register for CitiesAlive with Early Bird Rates, Offer Ends September 7th! by GRHC

September 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7

It’s not too late to be early!
CitiesAlive Conference // September 18-21, 2017 // Seattle

Join colleagues at the most engaging green infrastructure conference this year.  Technical sessions and keynote speakers will highlight the latest in green infrastructure policy, design and economics – you won’t want to miss this!

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, now in our 15th year, we invite you to attend the CitiesAlive Conference held on September 18, 19 & 20 to see over 50 green infrastructure experts speak, attend training courses to enhance your career, and tour Seattle’s finest green infrastructure projects.

See the full conference agenda here.  Register for your CitiesAlive experience here.

Take advantage of our early bird rates and see the following green infrastructure expert speakers:

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7THE HUMAN FACTOR
Kathleen Wolf, Ph. D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at UW and a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station focused on Urban Forestry and
Stewardship. Since receiving her Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Dr. Wolf’s research has focused on the human dimensions of urban forestry and ecosystems.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7THE ART OF INTEGRATING BLUE, GREEN AND SOCIAL
Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab
What is livability in today’s context and how can we achieve this in dense urban spaces? Blue-green infrastructure will become a necessity as a survival and success strategy for Cities faced with the challenges of climate change and urbanization. This presentation talks about how to implement these technologies for liveable cities, using the example of innovative and award-winning blue-green infrastructure projects, including Bishan Park in Singapore, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and Queens Botanical Garden in New York.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7BREAKING GROUND WITH BIOPHILIC DESIGN
Bill Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP
One of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. Early in his career, Bill built Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green LLC an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Bank of America, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning is a founding board member of USGBC. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design and building practices. He is a co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate; A Primer on Sustainable Building; Greening the Building and the Bottom Line; Biophilic Design; The Economics of Biophilia; Midcentury (un)Modern; and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7SHAPING OUR CITIES
Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
She is an executive and planner committed to advancing equitable and sustainable cities and regions through collaboration and strategic investment. She has led management and policy coordination of a renowned public utility and the direction of an international design and planning firm.In her public sector and private practice roles, Mami has guided planning and implementation of award-winning green infrastructure, economic development, sustainability, and waterfront programs across the United States. In those efforts she has advanced sustainable land and water management practices through cultivating leaders, partnerships, participation, planning and knowledge sharing.

Paying Tribute

We will be recognizing the late Stephen Kellert, forefather of biophilic design.

“One of the greatest challenges of our age is how to live in compatible and even harmonious relations to the natural world. Living architecture represents an important step in the direction of reconciling people and nature in the modern built environment…”

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7Stephen Kellert
Yale Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Founding Partner + Consultant for Biological Capital

Attending CitiesAlive?  Enhance your professional practice with these educational opportunities:

All courses will be taking place Monday, September 18th at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel:

  • Green Roof Design & Installation
       Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Advanced Green Roof Maintenance
       Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture
       Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • Green Walls Design 101 (New)
       Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Stormwater Workshop
       Time: 8:30pm – 12:00pm
  • Biophilic Design Workshop
       Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Learn more about these comprehensive courses here.

All training courses are approved for CEUs by AIA, BOMA, LA CES, APLD, RCI and GRP

Exclusive Green Infrastructure Tours!

This year at CitiesAlive join us as we explore green roofs, rooftop gardens, LID projects and sustainable buildings with our expert guides.  Tours include:

Wednesday, September 20 at 3:00pm – 6:00pm:

  • The Bertschi School
  • UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden

Thursday, September 21 at 9:00am – 12:00pm:

  • Amazon Campus Green Roof Visual Tour
  • Bellevue City Hall Green Roof Tour
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Green Roof Tour
  • Bullitt Center Tour
  • Freeway Park Tour
  • High Point Community Tour

3:00pm – 6:00pm:

  • Etera Mount Vernon Site Tour

Fantastic Networking Opportunities

Mingle with international and local Green Infrastructure experts and catch up with colleagues at the CitiesAlive Evening Reception on September 18th from 8:30pm – 11:30pm at the Seattle Aquarium.

Tickets are included with all conference registrations.  A la carte registration is available for only $49.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7

Register by September 7 and Save $50!

Register now as rates increase 10% at the door!  Can’t attend CitiesAlive?  Order the conference recording here to check out what you missed afterwards.

To register visit citiesalive.org

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2: Call for Short Videos

August 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Call for Short Videos for Round #2 of Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

Do you have or would you like to create an original, under 10-minute video (NOT overtly self-promotional) about: a project you’re working on (or a recently completed one), a revolutionary idea, or simply commentary?

Who?

If you’d like to share your experience with our green infrastructure community, the Call for Short Videos is for you!

Because the internet is open to the world (in theory, of course), with the Virtual Summits people from across the globe can not only watch expert subject matter videos, but have everyone watch theirs, too.

What?

Most noteworthy, we’ll be featuring new under 10 minute videos from our 2017 Virtual Summit attendees – along with our stellar cast of Keynotes and Speaker videos from Round #1.

Where?

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Completely held online at virtual.greenroofs.com.

When?

September 29, 2017:  Deadline for sending in the short videos.

October 16:  Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 will be open, and like Round #1 will run through the end of the year.

Mid-November:  New global social media events start, and once again will be Free and Open to Everyone!

Why a Round #2?

First of all, the potential for readership/audience engagement in our online Virtual Summits is huge – endless, really.  And, participating in the Virtual Summit 2017 is a smart way to promote yourself:

Get your bio included on the Speakers page along with your short video on the Agenda.

How?

Send us a current video (within one year or so) or get out your cameras or smart phones and film!  To participate you must be a registered attendee – if you’re not yet, we’re offering special discounted pricing of half off the regular price of $49 to get your cameras rolling:

Discounted Registration Fee: $25

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Internet Trends

People still enjoy watching the longer videos from their favorite speakers and attention-grabbing or important subjects.  Yet, due to the trend towards shorter videos – anywhere from 1 to 5, perhaps up to 10 minutes long, this is your chance to get noticed.

We have an opportunity to attract more viewers to the Virtual Summit 2017 and you can receive name recognition since Millennials and Baby Boomers alike are responding to quicker messages and visuals.

Most of all, people use Social Media for networking!  Our Virtual Summits are not only to share information and inspire others, but a tool to engage fellow living architecture colleagues.  Stay tuned for more live events in November.

Subject Examples to Share:

  • You or your firm/organization is working on (or finished) a really cool project that you have short film of – or create a new one (cannot be product-oriented, it would need to be project-oriented).
  • You’re fascinated with a particular plant or plant community for living roofs or walls.
  • You’ve always wanted to interview that special someone.
  • Your own related conference/workshop/seminar is coming up – tell us about it.
  • You have a new book coming out (yes, a little commercial, but informational as well).
  • As a researcher or student you may have recently spent a lot time (and money) creating a poster board for a conference or class – share it with like-minded people.
  • Professors and teachers: you could get your entire class to create a video of snippets from each student.
  • You have an idea for the public good or our planet as a whole.
  • You’re working on a new product that could revolutionize the industry.*

*Too self-promotional?

All attendees can create and share their under 10-minute videos, subject to appropriate matter to be determined by Greenroofs.com.

NOTE:  The Round #2 videos are not meant to be overtly commercial (no product endorsements, please) – if this is the case, you may want to consider exhibiting at the Expo at a very low cost: $400 for Greenroofs.com advertisers/$500 for non-advertisers.

Video Specifics:

  • Must be a completed video under 10 minutes in any film format.
  • After registering, send us: your photo, 2-3 line bio including any of your social media links you’d like to add to your profile, video title and short description, and a photo/screenshot of your video to: linda@greenroofs.com.
  • How to send us your finished video:

1. Share or Transfer your files via any of the available tools online (i.e. Dropbox, Hightail, WeTransfer, etc.) that you are currently using.

2. Use this link to upload your files to us: https://www.dropbox.com/request/EhU2RqJptdp4L4zupao6

More Reasons to Attend the Virtual Summit 2017: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture

  • To begin with, watch long, short, and in between videos at your leisure at the convenience of your phone, tablet, laptop, computer, or on any streaming device.
  • Don’t miss outstanding videos from our inspiring Virtual Summit 2017 Keynotes:

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Here are just a few of the engaging video speakers from Round #1:

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

See all of our wonderful presenters on the Speakers page.

  • Connect or re-connect with thought leaders, visionaries, and colleagues near and far across the globe.
  • Don’t forget the awesome Continuing Education Credits!  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof industry association, is offering credits for the GRP, Green Roof Professional, up to a total of 10 CEUs.Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos
  • Finally, discounted fees are being offered to attendees who participate in the Call for Short Under 10-Minute Videos!

Support our Work

Thank you to our awesome Sponsors and Exhibitors, especially rooflite®!

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

NOTE: Sponsorships are ongoing and available through the end of December.  Interested in supporting our work?  Contact us at: aramis@greenroofs.com.

It’s time to jump back in and join Greenroofs.com online for our unique 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture.

Follow all the event updates using #virtualsummit2017 on Twitter.  The next Virtual Summit will be held in two years, so we hope to add your voice to our exclusive online production and watch some of your work now!

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29 ~ Round #2 starts on October 16!

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos