Greenroofs.com Project of the Week May 30, 2017: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

May 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Photo: Perkins+Will by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/30/17
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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre*
Vancouver, BC, Canada
17,222 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located in the heart of Vancouver, BC, the spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) VanDusen Botanical Garden is renowned internationally for its beauty and for leadership in plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Exceeding LEED Platinum standards, the Living Building Challenge certified VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre uses renewable sources found on-site to meet net-zero energy annually.

Photovoltaics on the roof create electricity for the Centre, and hot water is provided by a biomass boiler fed by dry wood waste reclaimed from the surrounding area. Rainwater is filtered and used for the Centre’s greywater requirements; 100% of blackwater is treated by the on-site bioreactor.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designed by Perkins+Will and Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects (now Connect Landscape Architecture), the dynamic single-story structure includes an innovative prefabricated roof form that appears to float above the building’s curved rammed earth and concrete walls.  The Centre was inspired by the leaves and flower of an orchid. The undulating green roofs are located on the “petals” and are planted with grasses and colorful bulbs. The multi-petaled structure’s circular space is topped by a daylit oculus with a slope over 45 degrees which also serves as a solar chimney that exhausts hot air.

With slopes ranging from 2 degrees to 50 degrees, this project used three different greenroof systems: the “ZinCo Perennial Garden,” “ZinCo Sloping Meadow,” and the oculus roof with a slope of more than 45 degrees which was installed with the “ZinCo Steep Sloping Meadow” system including the Georaster elements for growing media retention. The vegetated land ramp connects the greenroof to the ground plane, encouraging use by local fauna and promoting biodiversity. The multi-award winning VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is truly a living building embracing bio-mimicry and is open to the public daily.

Publisher’s Note: The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is a featured project at the 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.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Year: 2011
Owner: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 17222 sq.ft.
Slope: 70%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Perkins+Will
Landscape Architect: Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Fast + EPP Engineers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Cobalt Engineers
Civil Engineer: Binnie Engineers
Ecologist: Nick Page
Greenroof System: ZinCo
Greenroof System Supplier: ZinCo Canada Inc.
Consultant: Architek Sustainable Building Products
Greenroof Contractor: Houston Landscapes
Waterproofing: Soprema
Roofing Contractor: Metro
Construction Management: Ledcor

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Nodding onions in bloom. Photo: Sharp Diamond Landscape Architecture via ZinCo Canada.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

More Info

View the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/30/17 video photos courtesy of ZinCo Canada; Perkins+Will graphics and photos including by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada; VanDusen Botanical Garden; screenshot from September 2010 Landscape Architecture by ASLA; VanDusen Botanical Garden 1.jpg by Stan Shebs GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons; and Projects In Place Society.

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For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos:

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Roofing BMP’s for Low-Impact Development Projects

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Credits for Stormwater Management: A Survey of North American Cities with a Focus on Portland, OR

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Eyal Mirelman, BLDVEG – Building Vegetation Co-Founder & Owner:

Hardware and Software – Balancing the Ingredients for the Middle East

Charlie Miller, PE, Roofmeadow Founding Principal and President:

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Amy Norquist, GRP, Greensulate Founder & CEO:

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Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

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Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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