Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 19, 2018: FOOD ROOF Farm

March 19, 2018 at 10:47 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

FOOD ROOF Farm
St. Louis, MO, USA
8,500 sf. Greenroof & Hydroponic Towers

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: March 19, 2018

The availability of fresh, local produce is so important in our cities, and not often found farm-to-table.  But urban agriculture on greenroofs makes rooftop farm-to-table easily accessible!  With AgLanta next week on our minds, we’re once again showcasing the success of the FOOD ROOF Farm in St. Louis by Urban Harvest STL.

We were thrilled to have also featured this wonderful project in our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit with the video “FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community” from the founder and farm manager, Mary E. Ostafi.  As the Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL, Mary spoke on how they are fostering food system change in their community.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Mini Description & Details

Urban Harvest STL, a St. Louis nonprofit, empowers communities to cultivate equitable access to healthy, sustainably grown food and enhance biodiversity in cities.  After years of gardening on the ground, the Urban Harvest STL founders combined their background in architecture with HOK with their experience in urban agriculture to design and build St Louis’s first rooftop farm, the FOOD ROOF Farm.

Community engagement drove the design and the project illustrates various rooftop farming growing techniques including the intensive greenroof, hydroponic towers, raised beds, modular planters and greenhouse and tracks best practices for growing each crop efficiently.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Built in 2015, the 8,500 square foot FOOD ROOF Farm is located in the heart of downtown St Louis above a two-story storage facility utilizing a Sika Sarnafil PVC waterproofing membrane, which doubles as a root barrier; capillary, protective & filter fleece and drainage boards from Optigrün international AG / Optigreen; and pavers from Bison Innovative Products.  With additional consulting and design services from Hanging Gardens, the hybrid intensive greenroof system and farm was built in conjunction with volunteers along with Urban Harvest STL.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers are grown annually and more than 4,000 pounds of organic food was produced in 2017.  The majority is donated to people who need it the most in the community.

Other notable farm features include a Milkweed for Monarchs pollinator garden and keeping over 40,000 honeybees and 5 chickens.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

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The community hub space hosts over 20 educational workshops and activities each year.  And, the robust green roof infrastructure captures up to 17,000 gallons of stormwater per storm event, which equates to over 1,819,000 gallons annually.  Rainwater captured is utilized for plant growth, reducing irrigation needs by up to 50%.

Urban Harvest STL set out to not only create a social impact but also create an ecological return as well; they are increasing biodiversity gains and pollinator health on their rooftop.  The FOOD ROOF Farm is growing healthy food and a community of healthy people.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Year: 2015
Owner: Urban Harvest STL
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 8500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Urban Harvest STL Executive Director, Co-Founder & Designer: Mary Ostafi, AIA, LEED-AP
Urban Harvest STL Co-Founder & Designer: Joseph Ostafi AIA, LEED-AP, Regional Leader for Science and Technology, HOK
Architect: Charlie Lutz, Senior Designer, HOK
Greenroof Design & Consultant: Anthony Mayer GRP, LEED AP, Chief Executive Officer, Hanging Gardens
Roofing Contractor: Tom Cox, President, Bi-State Roof Systems, Inc.
Waterproofing Membrane: John Bernardi, Regional Manager, Sika Sarnafil
Certified Irrigation Designer: Craig Pisarkiewicz, MPR Supply Company
Paver Provider: David Mudd, Hardscapes Sales, Midwest Block & Brick
Paver Provider: Hilary Porter, Central Regional Sales Manager, Bison Innovative Products
Greenhouse Provider: Greg Garbos, Owner, Small Farm Tools
Structural Engineer: Kent MacPeek, Frontenac Engineering
Growing Media: St. Louis Composting
Growing Media: WaterGrip Brownie
Capillary, Protective & Filter Fleece and Drainage Boards: Optigrün international AG / Optigreen

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

All the Info:

View the FOOD ROOF Farm 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 Food Roof Farm St Louis

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the FOOD ROOF Farm Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/19/18 video credits: Greenroofs.com Project of the Week video photo credits: All courtesy of Urban Harvest STL © by: Eldar Beiseitov, Christopher Faller, Jonathan Gayman, and Urban Harvest STL.

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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 Summits Host

Special 15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018 on March 27 & 28!

March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018

15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018

Have you bought your tickets to the AgLanta Conference 2018 yet?

As Media Partners, we at Greenroofs.com invite you to join us for the AgLanta Conference 2018 on March 27th and 28th!  And as a special offer to our social media network, use the Promo Code “greenroofs” when you register for a 15% discount!

The Premier Urban Agriculture Conference in Atlanta

Back for its 2nd year, the AgLanta Conference is a premier urban agriculture conference organized by Agritecture and hosted by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience.   Urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation will be showcased, and AgLanta 2018 promises to foster community engagement and generate economic development as well.

AgLanta.org is the South’s biggest urban agriculture community, coming from the Mayor’s Office of Resilience in the City of Atlanta.  We all know a city with a strong local food economy is a resilient city, and AgLanta.org explores the smart technologies and strategies that connect agriculture with the city of Atlanta.

15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018

Can a City Really be “Smart” without Agriculture?

Cities and companies around the world are recognizing the growing demand for local food coupled with an ever growing urban population.  As a result, urban and controlled environment agriculture has emerged as a promising and viable solution.

Urban agriculture and CEA can work together to drive food access, economic development, as well as social, environmental, and health benefits.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities

15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018

Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing pattern of cities and conferences focusing on the “Smart City.”  These conversations tend to encompass everything from IoT to energy efficiency, but almost always leave agriculture out of the picture, which is why this year’s theme is “Smart Ag for Smart Cities.”

30+ Speakers

AgLanta Conference 2018 will feature 30+ speakers across seven Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities topics.  Also, there are bonus workshops and two huge keynote speakers.  Otis Rolley, Regional Director, North America with 100 Resilient Cities, is the Day 1 Keynote Speaker.  Otis’ entire career has been dedicated toward resilience and urban development in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Vonnie Estes, a consultant in ag innovation and the 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Biotechnology, is the Day 2 Keynote Speaker.  Vonnie is one of the leading female executives in the biofuels industry and will be speaking about the role of Big Data in agriculture and emerging biotechnologies as they apply to urban agriculture.

See all of the Speakers.

15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018

Workshops, Exhibition Hall & Panels

Two workshops, an exhibition hall, and panels covering a range of critical Smart City topics will be featured —each with a particular focus on the multiple roles Smart Agriculture will play in making cities more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

Not to be missed, workshops include “Smart Food Access Planning”: How to use GIS and other data sets to target local food enterprise solutions for food insecure neighborhoods and “Smart Policy for Smart Agriculture”: How farmers and policymakers can formulate strategies for the 2018 Farm Bill and beyond.

Imagine Future Cities with Agriculture

Join us on March 27 and 28 in the City of Atlanta to connect with experts in urban agriculture and smart cities.  We can envision the future of cities – on the ground, inside buildings, and on the rooftops and walls!

15% Discount to the AgLanta Conference 2018

Register with Promo Code “greenroofs” for a 15% Discount

Learn more at the AgLanta Conference website and at EventbriteRegister today with “greenroofs” to get your 15% off.

AgLanta 2018 will be held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.  We’re only two weeks away ~ Aramis and I will see you there!

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 5, 2018: Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls

March 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
32,292 sf greenroof & vegetated terraces and approximately 500 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: March 5, 2018

Following our wonderful experience attending the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City last month, we are highlighting one of the projects we visited afterwards when we traveled to Dubai: the beautiful Dubai Opera and its new Opera Garden.

Installed in July 2017, the Dubai Opera Garden has center stage to the Burj Lake and the fabulous Dubai Music Fountains presented by the stunning Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s highest building.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Mini Description & Details

Situated in what is considered ‘the most prestigious square kilometre in the world’, the spectacular Dubai Opera is framed by the Burj Khalifa, lakes, fountains, and an array of mixed-use development.  Shaped like a dhow, a traditional wooden sailing vessel used in Arabian Gulf waters, the Dubai Opera was designed by ATKINS.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

The 3,000 square meter Dubai Opera Garden green roof was installed by AGCCIC over a large utility building located directly in front after two years of research by Knauf Insulation. Many festivities are held here at the publicly accessible green roof park and cultural space.

Challenges included weight restraints of the roof structure, the hot and dry environment, and high water consumption for keeping the roof green.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Knauf Insulation provided a lightweight system created by using only a 10 centimeter growing media profile using one layer of Urbanscape Green Roll mineral growing media (known as Hydro Blanket in the US) and a layer of local sweet soil on top.

Two types of semi-intensive green roofs include the large, open green park space planted with native Paspalum Grass and a smaller slightly elevated roof for plant testing with Sesuvium and others.  The system weight was reduced by 70% and irrigation needs were lowered up to 40% as compared to the standard green roof solution in Dubai.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

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Steps provide entry to the new green roof with access ramps on the side, dramatically lighted at night. A series of colorful modular greenwalls cover two sides to soften the structure.

Surrounded by a set of curvaceous vegetated terraces, a variety of different climate-adapted shrubs were planted such as Agave and Bougainvillea. The open space provides a beautiful elevated view of the world famous Dubai Music Fountains and colorful light show put on several times nightly.

Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts, and its Opera Garden provides a needed and spacious public greenspace amenity to visitors to the world-class entertainment venue.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Year: 2017
Owner:
EMAAR Properties
Location:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Semi-Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Greenroof Size:
32,292 sq.ft. and Greenwalls Size: ~ 500 sq.ft.
Slope:
2% and 95%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Design: Harold Bekker, NLME Design
Landscape Design: Patrick Blom, NLME Design
John Noordam: BVB Substrates
Mineral Growing Media: Urbanscape Green Roll (Hydro Blanket), Knauf Insulation
Jure Sumi: Knauf Insulation Green Solutions
Darja Majkovic: Knauf Insulation Green Solutions
Dubai Opera Architect: Janus Rostock, ATKINS
Green Roof Installation: AGCCIC
Modular Greenwall System: Biotecture Ltd
Greenwall Installation: Acacia LLC (part of Tanseeq Investments group of companies)

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

All the Info:

View the Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Vegetated Terraces and Dubai Opera Garden Greenwalls project profiles to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about these particular projects in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/5/18 video credits: Video courtesy of Linda S. Velazquez and photos © courtesy of Knauf Insulation/Urbanscape® Green Roof, Dubai Opera, EMAAR Properties, dubaimetro.eu, AntonGots.com, and Linda S. Velazquez.

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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 Summits Host

CitiesAlive NYC 2018 Call for Proposals Due March 11

February 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2018 CitiesAlive will be held in New York City

CitiesAlive NYC 2018 Call for Proposals Due March 11

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the CitiesAlive®: Annual Green Infrastructure Conference will take place in Brooklyn, New York on September 24-28.  Would you like to speak or present a workshop this year?

Call for Proposals Due March 11

As Corporate Members and perennial Media Partners, we at Greenroofs.com are sharing the GRHC Proposal specifics:

Now in its 16th year, CitiesAlive, hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, explores the most recent green infrastructure science, economic valuation, asset management, public policy developments, new technology, and best practices in design, installation, and maintenance. The goal is to help inform the current policy debate by making the case for a rapid and significant increase in green infrastructure investment. 

GRHC is looking for motivating and informative presentations and interactive workshops highlighting the following areas: 

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Best Practices for Shoreline Protection
  • Urban Agriculture and Food Production
  • Human Health and Biophilic Benefits
  • Economic Benefits – Green Infrastructure Accounting & Asset Management
  • Best Practices for Bioswales Design and Management
  • Stormwater Management (Policies, Quantification, Design)
  • Energy Benefits / Urban Heat Island
  • Urban Forestry Best Practices
  • Green Wall Design and Best Practices
  • Green Infrastructure Monitoring and Management using the Internet of Things
  • Green Infrastructure and Social Equity and Social Justice
  • Monetizing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure
  • Black Arts and the Best Practices for Waterproofing in the New York Area
  • Green Infrastructure and Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate
  • Green Roof Myth Busting
  • Green Infrastructure and Policy Change
  • Biodiversity and Wildlife on Green Roofs
  • Skyrise Greening

CitiesAlive NYC 2018 Call for Proposals Due March 11

Please visit the CitiesAlive Conference website for complete information, and the Call for Proposals to submit yours!

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