Video & Project of the Week for August 17, 2015: 909 Walnut

August 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/17/15

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909 Walnut
Kansas City, MO, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Boasting twin-spires atop 35-stories, 909 Walnut is Missouri’s and the Midwest’s tallest residential building outside of Chicago. Built in 1930-31 as the Fidelity National Bank & Trust Building, the multi-award winning 909 Walnut is on the National Register of Historic Places. A historic update and makeover in the 2000s transformed the art-deco building to its original grand scale with 161 luxury condos, 90,000 square feet of commercial office space and with a 323-space attached, eight-story, gated garage. Designed by Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC), the top of the garage boasts a 16,000-square-foot award-winning rooftop garden with cabanas, trees, sod lawn, and seasonal greenery.

Envisioned as a secluded retreat for residents, JBC incorporated many green technologies to confront the inherent challenges of constructing green roof projects in the urban fabric. Special soil profiles, 6″ for lawn area and 8″ to 18″ for landscape beds, were specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of this demanding site. The site’s extensive use required considerable agronomic innovation to ensure sustainability of the landscape under heavy daily use by residents and pets. Professional testing services and consulting by Turf & Soil Diagnostics on the green roof ensured success. The roof garden captures 75% of annual rainfall for use by the plants which provides a lot of help with stormwater permitting. The 909 Walnut green roof has become an icon of Kansas City, frequently seen on banquet invitations, professional model shoots and educational sessions fueling an explosion of green roof construction in the region.

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

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Year: 2005
Owner: Simbol Commercial Inc. and Housing Horizons, LLC
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 16,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Stott & Associates Architects P.C.
General Contractor: The Weitz Company
Landscape Architect: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Landscape, Soil, & Irrigation Contractor: H&R Lawn and Landscape
Waterproofing/Roofing Contractor: Delta Services
Waterproofing Supplier: Soprema
Green Roof Testing Services: Turf & Soil Diagnostics

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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~ Linda V.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta

May 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual video “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta of Groncol, a Colombian company with over 180 projects and more than 150,000 square meters of vegetated infrastructure.

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We met Pablo in 2013 at the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in Nantes, France where he spoke to us with such enthusiasm about the greening of Colombia and his country’s future potential as an up and coming leader within Latin America.

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Latin America has quickly become a hot spot for sustainable design with many examples of living roofs and walls through Central and South America and the Caribbean.  Pablo will show us some extraordinary projects in his Colombia, a country of 45 million people.

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Bogota, Colombia. “Over the past five years Pablo Atuesta Pradilla has dedicated himself to the promotion and building of revolutionary green roofs and green wall projects through his company, Groncol in Colombia. As General Manager and a business administrator with a strong focus towards entrepreneurship and innovative projects, he has merged all of his passions in creating a startup that has a highly innovative product that can produce a positive impact within the environment and society. The company has been recognized by Endeavor, one of the most important entrepreneur organizations in the world, as a local high impact and high potential company due to the potential in job creation and the generation of environmental and social benefits.

As a company, Groncol has built over 180 projects and more than 150,000 square meters of vegetated infrastructure. Among the most important projects is a 92-meter high green wall and they are in the process of building one of the largest green walls in the world (over 3,200 square meters). Groncol – “GRØN” means green in Danish and “Col” stands for Colombia – represents the dream the partners have for a green Colombia and a green world. Groncol is the leader in the design, construction and installation of green rooftops and walls in the Colombian market and one of the largest players in Latin America.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Pablo Atuesta shares on the subject:

1) Pablo says fell in love with regenerating the environment and that we have the power within the industry to change the world.  Greenroofs made sense addressing the triple bottom line of a company: environmental, social, and economic benefits; lots of research and development to reach the level of products they have plus partnered with the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano’s technology;

2) Latin American growth is disorganized, informal, with health problems such as kids dying due to air pollution – not enough trees.  Learn about their developments within the last five years and future goals – Colombia wants to get to 13,000,000 m2 of planted roofs and walls like Germany;

3) LEED is a big driver here accounting for 11% of construction licenses looking for certification and the Colombian Green Building Council is a large influencer;

4) See numerous examples of gorgeous projects including vegetated roofs and walls for several private residences, corporate headquarters, shopping malls, hotels, schools, and medical facilities/healthcare companies in Bogota, Medellin, and Armenia, among other cities.  In particular these standouts highlight the Colombian efforts: the massive greenroofed Connecta complex, the 92-meter high Edificio Green greenwall, the Los Andes University greenwall which became an icon in the city of Bogota, and the current Santalaia in Bogota which will have 2,800 m2 of greenwalls (2nd largest in the world) with a complex irrigation system – the smart building has a water treatment plant to reuse 100% of water;

5) Groncol and industry partners have developed and actively supported the growth of the Colombian vegetated infrastructure guild Recive and created new suppliers like Metroverde, a nursery, with local companies.  As a result, the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 will be held in Bogota; watch the 2-minute promo video for the WGIC in 2016.

Watch the 38:20 “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta now  playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

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

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

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

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary

May 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual presentation “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by the understated but extremely affable Graham Cleary, GRP, and “Chief Rake” – or principal – of the multi-award winning Natural Habitats, a major design/build and maintenance landscape company in New Zealand.

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New Zealand is much lauded for its lush beauty and myriad of natural landscapes from soaring rugged mountaintops to rolling green hills to the glimmering depths of its lakes and seas – and we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Auckland and the area by invitation from Graham and his lovely wife, Lucy, last October after the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 in Sydney; I spoke at at a private function for Natural Habitats and it was just awesome!

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We also had been familiar with Natural Habitat’s wonderful living walls, and have featured a few as our “Projects of the Week” – and while in Auckland we got to see firsthand a wide variety of their greenwalls, including green screens, installed across the city.

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 Auckland, New Zealand. “Graham founded Natural Habitats in 1978 in Auckland as a fledgling design build company under the mentorship of the city’s then only landscape architect.

Graham has worked on and led many outstanding landscape projects in the South Pacific, including resorts, golf courses, commercial projects and exquisite private estates and homes. Under his leadership, Natural Habitats has grown to be the leading provider of integrated landscape management within Australasia. Graham demonstrates coherent leadership of multi-disciplinary teams in order to achieve the innovative, high quality outcomes for which Natural Habitats is renowned.

Graham is also at the forefront of thinking on the use of natural systems to mitigate urban development issues. He plays an essential role in Natural Habitats’ pioneering green roofs and wall technology within New Zealand. Graham has served as consultant and advisor to numerous landscape design and environmental groups. He is a founding member of Landscaping New Zealand, an accredited Green Roof Professional, an executive of Green Roofs Australasia, an associate of KEA, part of the Great Barrier Trust, and a member of Forest & Bird and of the Native Forest Restoration Trust. ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Graham Cleary shares on the subject:

1) Natural Habitats was the New Zealand pioneer in greenroof construction. Learn about their inception, influencers, vision and design philosophy resulting in the potential of landscaping at the highest level with greenroofs in the 1990’s – later turning them on their side with greenwalls; talk about return on investment for developers;

2) Starting in 1994, they constructed the first greenroof in New Zealand with the Quay West Roof Garden in Auckland, enabling Quay West to add an additional four levels of building to its development for spending a little over $100,000 – which equated to an additional $4 million in real estate value; talk about plants and growing media;

3) All native plants were used for the new public 23-square meter greenwall in Civic Square in Wellington with a 2-day installation which was greatly received; many other living wall projects are mentioned;

4) At the exclusive, award-winning development The Parc in Auckland, average inward-facing apartment sales prices were able to be raised by about 25% due to the large semi-intensive greenroof, a private sanctuary with lush landscaping, expansive lawn areas, and pool;

5) The importance of positioning greenroofs and walls in marketing; as an example, he talks about One Central Park in Sydney, setting the benchmark in Australasia. Its branding is huge – leaders want to be associated with something new and green, to set them apart and we can do this smartly and cost effectively with greenroofs and greenwalls.

Watch the 7:41 video presentation “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

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

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul

May 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

VS2015-MarkPaulToday we are spotlighting the individual presentation “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by the soft spoken and highly knowledgeable Mark Paul, a greatly lauded Australian horticulturalist and founder of The Greenwall Company.  He has designed around 300 greenwall projects and similar number of gardens and roofs.

VS2015-MarkPaul1Although we’ve been familiar with Paul’s excellent work, and have in fact highlighted several of his projects over the years as one of our “Project of the Week” features, we only met him last October in Sydney, where he and I both spoke at the wonderful World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014.

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He says “Greenwalls can be used to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out.  These beautiful structures of greenery bring new life and nature back into urban environments.”  This becomes very evident with this presentation!

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Sydney, Australia. “Over the past 25 years Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company and a qualified horticulturist, has become a name synonymous with reclaiming the built environment, a passion he has had since childhood. Mark’s most recent achievements range from completion of one of the tallest greenwalls in Australia, implementation of a community schools program through to tailor-made residential installations in homes nation-wide. To date, Mark Paul has reclaimed thousands of sqm of the built environment.

Mark has pioneered a number of greenwalls and greenroof innovations with his formative landscape experiences and scientific background which has allowed for much experimentation, trial and testing with planting techniques, medias and methodology (and technology). These developments have put The Greenwall Company as a leader for greenwall and greenroofs in Australia. The Greenwall Company vision is to reclaim the built environment by clothing the facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic planting to create a living, breathing architectural function to every building. ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Mark Paul shares on the subject:

1) Our affinity with plants: Learn about his love for plants and holistic approach to site planning, how he started with epiphytes, lithophytes, and others in Rio de Janeiro with amazing plants living on cliff faces, surviving on seasonal rain, inspirations from “Granny Gardens” in Brazil;

2) Appropriate species of plant types and associations found on rocks, granite boulders, sandstone escarpment walls and more from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Sydney, Panama; and the importance of biodiversity and how to encourage and conserve it; 

3) Typologies: Photos and discussions of various architectural applications and planting techniques including walls, roofs, balconies, terraces, boats, pocket plantings, and potted plants from Puerto Rico to Panama to China;

4) Many case studies of retrofits including gorgeous wetland and bog greenroof and greenwall projects with fish using recycled water and wastewater for irrigation in Sydney and Queensland and how to create a tiny ecosytstem on a mini scale;

5) In depth case study about a recent 10 sqm greenwall in a fabella in Rio where they collected, processed, planted, and linked 600 PEP bottles participating with school children; a collaboration with Landcare Australia will provide $3000 necessary for funding of future raw material and irrigation systems to allow 400 schools a year to do the same, including in Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the 21:12 video presentation “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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VS2015-PeopleProjectsandDesign

Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.