Green Walls Extend a Green Welcome to Restaurant’s Guests by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

July 10, 2017 at 1:59 am

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LiveWall® Green Walls at Brome Burgers & Shakes in Dearborn, Michigan Express the Brome Brand, Bringing its Commitment to Sustainability to Life

Photos Courtesy of LiveWall® and Brome Burgers & Shakes

Attached to an existing wall or freestanding, erected indoors or outdoors, green walls transform unadorned walls into vertical gardens. Restaurants, hotels and resorts are finding that green walls can boost their brands and help build business.

“Indoor green walls make interior spaces more appealing and relaxing and improve indoor air quality,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of Hortech, Inc. (Spring Lake, Michigan) and LiveWall, its eco-friendly green wall subsidiary.

“As an element of design, they can serve as living representations of a commitment to sustainability.”

A special location

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Brome Burgers & Shakes opened in 2015. Brome’s is winning a loyal following for their ethically sourced, creatively prepared, simply delicious, and reasonably priced food.

“We are all about sustainability, green living, wholesome food, and self-awareness about the environmental impact of our choices,” said Sam Abbas, founder, Brome Burgers & Shakes.

“We want everyone who visits our restaurant to experience the core values of our brand in every aspect of our operations.”

Brome’s commitment is evident in the restaurant’s location. Abbas chose to refurbish a corner building that was constructed as a retail store.

“Every decision we made about the project reflects our responsibility to the environment,” he said.

“We hope to inspire our customers, suppliers, contractors and competitors to appreciate the values that inspire us and express them in the ways they live, do business, cultivate food, and enjoy it.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

An adaptive re-use design developed by the Hallarsan Group (Detroit, Michigan) renovated the long vacant 3,700-square-foot space and created a modern, open, light-filled restaurant.

The sustainable design preserved the cedar trusses of the original 15-foot-high ceilings.

During construction, the original concrete floors were revealed and refurbished. The tables were custom fabricated out of reclaimed wood from dilapidated structures in Detroit, and much of the furniture was sourced locally.

The idea of using green walls as a focal point of the interior was developed during a design brainstorming session.

The green walls stand out

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Completed in June 2015, the Brome Burgers & Shakes green wall installation is one of the most prominent design elements in the restaurant.

The green wall took a large, blank wall area that would have otherwise just been painted or wallpapered and brought it to life.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Plant Palette

The installation totals 309 square feet, divided in two sections each 16 feet long by 9 feet 10 inches high. A mix of six different tropical plants, selected because they thrive indoors, grow on the wall.

The plant palette features Pothos, Epimedium, and Tradescantia Red.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

In addition to the featured green walls, the interior includes a front window planter. Its greenery is reflected in the glass top of the adjoining counter, which has eight seats.

System selection, installation

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Before all of the different plants were installed.

Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc. (Wixom, Michigan), which has provided commercial and residential landscape construction and maintenance in Southeast Michigan for more than 38 years, recommended, sold, installed, and maintains the LiveWall green walls.

They won a Gold Award for Creative Landscape – Green Initiatives from the Michigan Green Industry Association for the project.

“We got into green wall installation and maintenance as a way to grow our business,” said Marcy Bell, president, Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc.

“I did our research on the market for living architecture and on various green wall systems. We decided to go with LiveWall. It is the most complete system, the best engineered and the most hospitable to plants.”

Bell’s introduced LiveWall to Abbas. He then did his own due diligence on alternative systems.

He agreed that LiveWall’s design and ease of maintenance made it a good choice.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Mike Bell, chief executive officer, Bell’s Landscape Services, commented that the system is well designed and assembles part by part in a logical fashion following the installation process explained in the installation guide and schematics.

The first step is installation of the vertical strips that mount to the building wall and to which the other components are attached. The vertical strips also establish the necessary air space between the wall and the system.

Next, horizontal aluminum rails with conduits for the tubes bringing water to the integrated irrigation system, are mounted to the vertical strips.

For indoor installations, LiveWall uses drip stake assemblies, which inject water into the growing medium. Molded plastic modular planter boxes fit into place on the rails.

Finally, separate liner inserts which have been pre-planted slide into the planter boxes.

“Maintenance is straight forward,” said Mike Bell.

“Every six weeks, we clean out any die-back, trim the plants (especially the ones in the lower rows of the modular planters), check soil moisture, and inspect and adjust irrigation.”

Results and reactions

“The green walls propel our brand forward,” said Abbas.

“They create an atmosphere in which it becomes more than serving and enjoying great burgers and shakes but also about making a positive impact on everyone’s lives.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

People in Michigan appreciate green spaces that bring nature to them. When people step into Brome Burgers & Shakes they receive a “green” welcome even on cold, grey days.

“We see the positive response every day,” said Abbas.

“Customers at tables beneath the green walls taking selfies, posting photos on Facebook, Snapchatting with friends as they enjoy their food.

The green walls are a focal point.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Abbas has plans to expand, growing Brome Burgers & Shakes to ten locations in Michigan and then on to Chicago.

“We plan to integrate green wall systems into all our future locations.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina


~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls are featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for July 10, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

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

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

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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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week July 10, 2017: Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls

July 10, 2017 at 1:46 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/10/17

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Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls
Dearborn, MI, USA
309 sq. ft. Greenwalls

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Two living walls of cascading, soft tropical plants, floor-to-ceiling windows and clean, white subway tile set the stage for Brome Burgers & Shakes. The fresh-causal restaurant, open since fall 2015, offers ethically-sourced, 100 percent organic, grass-fed beef burgers and other creative non-GMO-certified American cuisine. Set in downtown Dearborn, Michigan on bustling Michigan Avenue among shops, bars and eateries, Brome pledges sustainable business practices that increase efficiency and reduce waste.

An adaptive re-use design developed by Hallarsan Group, cedar trusses were preserved from the original 15-foot-high ceilings and shelves are made from wood that was pulled from the Dearborn railroads when the Dearborn Amtrak Station was being renovated. The two interior LiveWall® green walls bring a sense of the outdoors indoors. Founder Sam Abbas says, “The green walls took a plain surface and brought it to life. They make the restaurant more inviting while expressing our commitment to sustainability.”

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The Brome Burgers & Shakes green wall installation has two sections, each 16 feet long and 9 feet 10 inches high. In total, there are 168 16-inch sage-colored LiveWall modular planters with integrated irrigation and a mix of six tropical plants including Pothos, ‘Devil’s Ivy’, ‘Bishop’s Hat’ and Red Wandering Jew. Bell’s Landscape Services recommended, sold, installed, and maintains the LiveWalls. The living walls of cooling green and reddish plants are front and center within the airy, publicly accessible dining room and are highly visible throughout the restaurant.

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Brome Burgers & Shakes is growing to ten locations in Michigan and may expand into Chicago. According to Abbas, all locations will feature green walls. He also feels the green walls propel their brand forward, creating an atmosphere in which it becomes more than serving and enjoying great burgers and shakes but also about making a positive impact on everyone’s lives.

Publisher’s Note: Read the July 10, 2017 Guest Feature Green Walls Extend a Green Welcome to Restaurant’s Guests by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

Year: 2015
Owner: Sam Abbas
Location: Dearborn, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 309 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Restaurant Adaptive Re-use Design: Hallarsan Group
Modular Greenwall System: LiveWall Indoor
Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

More Info

View the Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/10/17 video photos courtesy of LiveWall, Brome Burgers & Shakes website and Facebook page, and Hallarsan Group.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week June 19, 2017: Potsdamer Platz

June 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/19/17
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Potsdamer Platz*
Berlin, Germany
323,000 sq. ft. Greenroofs & additional Green Infrastructure

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located at the geographical center of Berlin, the award winning Potsdamer Platz is a historic square reborn since fall of the Berlin Wall. As the meeting point of the city’s five most bustling streets, the revitalized 1.3 hectare entertainment hub is a unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping, corporate centers, and one of Europe’s premiere urban quarters known for exceptional and ground-breaking architecture. Potsdamer Platz was razed during World War II and redeveloped after the reunification of East and West Berlin in 1990. The site of the old Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz entailed rebuilding the heart of post-Cold War Berlin into the new capital’s city center. It was designed by an international team of architects headed by Renzo Piano.

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Potsdamer Platz Master Plan by Renzo Piano. Photo: Fondazione Renzo Piano.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Redeveloped by Daimler, the water sensitive urban design, building-integrated water recycling systems and industrial regeneration have come to represent an iconic symbol of designing “Green and Blue” urban waterscapes using rainwater where it falls. Designed by Studio Dreiseitl, this includes Potsdamer Platz’s 30,000 m2 or about 323,000 square feet of greenroofs. The stormwater management, harvesting and recycling system is fed by the city’s 21 inches of annual rainwater. The greenroofs retain and then release water to the large on-site buffer pond which has five underground storage tanks. Cisterns provide water for the 3-acre artificial Piano Lake, and approximately 4 million gallons of water are circulated though filtration beds once every three days.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

© Atelier Dreiseitl.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

The excess overflow water is used as grey water for toilet flushing, irrigation, and fire systems. The cleansed water flows into a beautiful large piazza for visitors to enjoy. In all, the Potsdamer Platz manages an estimated 23,000 m³ per year of potable water and its cooling capacity reduces summer temperatures by approximately 2°C. Always bustling with people, restaurants and activity, the popular Potsdamer Platz is a favorite destination of both locals and tourists alike with up to 100,000 visiting per day.

Publisher’s Notes:

The Potsdamer Platz is a featured project at the ongoing 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

We also express sympathy for the passing on June 16, 2017 of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl who reunited Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (read more from the New York Times).

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Year: 1998
Owner: Brookfield Property Partners
Location: Berlin, Germany
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Intensive plus additional green infrastructure of stormwater management, harvesting, and recycling systems
System: Custom
Size: 323000 sq.ft. of greenroofs
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

© Potsdamer Platz Overview Quarter.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Master Planner Architect: Renzo Piano
Architects: Christoph Kohlbecker, Arata Isozaki, Ulrike Lauber and Wolfram Wöhr, Richard Rogers, Rafael Moneo
Landscape Architecture, Water Design: Atelier Dreiseitl
Project Landscape Architect: Daniel Roehr
Greenroof Landscape Design: Krueger und Moehrle

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

More Info

View the Potsdamer Platz PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Potsdamer Platz Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/19/17 video photos courtesy of © Potsdamer Platz Overview Quarter and Building and “Eichhornstrasse 3” © Vincent Mosch; © Atelier Dreiseitl/Ramboll; Potsdamer Platz Facebook; Aerial view of Potsdamer Platz in 2016. by Avda / www.avda-foto.de, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Immobilien Handelshaus/Sotheby’s International Realty; Melissa Keely; City of Berlin by Philipp Eder; Ausblick von der Aussichtsplattform auf dem Kollhoff-Tower by Nordenfan, CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons; Potsdamer Platz in Berlin by Mihael Grmek, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; around 1900, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; Line on the ground marking where the Wall used to stand, on the edge of Potzdamer Platz (2015) by Aridd, CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons; PotsdamerPlatz_Vogelperspektive by Michael J. Zirbes, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; and Potsdamer_Platz_with_Site_of_Potsdamer_Bahnhof_2005 by Tonythepixel, PublicDomain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Why You Don’t Want to Miss CitiesAlive 2017 by Kara Orr

June 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

Register by June 30 and Save $100!

Countless reasons abound to join colleagues at CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference taking place in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  With an all-new theme, Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places, you will explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology, and design through the lens of the different climates and cities within Cascadia.

Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s dynamic conference:

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1. REGIONAL FOCUS

CitiesAlive 2017 includes over 80 Cascadia-specific, North American, and international expert-led presentations, and an all new In the Design Studio With… session.  Keynote speakers include:

Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun• Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects
Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department
Gil Kelly, Chief Planner and General Manager, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
Kathleen Wolf, PhD, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
• Plus many, many more!

See the full agenda here.

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2. CONNECT

Celebrate the region, make new contacts, and strengthen existing relationships with more networking opportunities than ever!  Mingle on the Trade Show Floor with outstanding exhibitors, celebrate Green Roof Professionals at the GRP Welcome Reception, honor colleagues at the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and make new memories at the Local Host Committee Reception taking place at the Seattle Aquarium.

To make it easier than ever, ALL of these outstanding events are INCLUDED in the new Advanced Delegate Pass!

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3. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

With knowledgeable guides leading the way, tour the most interesting green infrastructure projects that Seattle has to offer such as on September 20th and 21st:

• The Bertschi School Tour
• Bellevue City Hall’s Green Roof Tour
• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Building’s Green Roof Tour
• Bullitt Center Tour
• Etera’s Mount Vernon Site
• Freeway Park Tour
• High Point Community Tour
• UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden

4. NEW TRAINING COURSES

Whether you are an emerging professional or a seasoned expert the CitiesAlive training courses are carefully curated to meet your learning needs.  Choose from five courses including Green Roof Design & Installation, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Advanced Green Roof Maintenance, and new this year, Stormwater Workshop and a Biophilic Design Workshop.

CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 11 continuing education / professional development credits for LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, and RCI.

5. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

CitiesAlive programming (Trade Show, all technical sessions, opening & closing plenaries, GRP Welcome Reception, and Awards of Excellence) is taking place at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel – located right in the heart of downtown Seattle.  This all-in-one solution ensures you won’t miss a single thing!

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We look forward to seeing you at this year’s CitiesAlive and the continued development of the green roof and wall industry.

Early Bird Discount: Register by June 30 to save $100.

Visit CitiesAlive.org to plan your CitiesAlive experience.

~ By Kara Orr

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Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America through education and advocacy. Contact Kara to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

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 Kara at: korr@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x226.