Project of the Week for March 13, 2017: Golden 1 Center LiveWall

March 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/13/17

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Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, CA, USA
4,800 sq. ft. Greenwalls (7)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

As the world’s first indoor sports venue certified LEED Platinum, the Golden 1 Center is the brand new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, featuring seven sections of LiveWall® green walls. Designed by AECOM to be different from a typical sports arena unconnected from its surroundings and lifeless except on game days, the Golden 1 Center celebrates Sacramento’s climate and lifestyle. Its innovative indoor-outdoor design re-imagines how an arena can relate to the streetscapes and neighborhoods around it. Reflecting the region and connecting to the city, the living walls are a prominent feature of Golden 1 Center.

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

The inspired idea was to make the building look as if it rests on the green walls, rooting the arena in the landscape and extending it from the new plaza up to the walls of the arena itself. The design redefines how an arena’s footprint affects its environment and community and the green walls were a natural outgrowth of the King’s commitment to sustainability. As visitors walk into the arena, they see living bands of green that change with different sections displaying different plants based on the varying patterns of sun and shade around the building. Completed in September 2016, the seven sections of the Golden 1 Center green wall vary in dimensions and total 4,800 square feet and include 2,700 LiveWall modular planters in a custom platinum color. With a slope of about 10 degrees, they feature 18 different types of plants and 5,400 plants in total, watered with LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation. All flowering plants bloom in shades of purple, the Kings’ signature color. Publicly accessible, the green walls are visible from multiple vantage points around the arena. Whether installed indoors or outdoors, green walls are visually appealing and inviting, inspiring and healthful, and beneficial to the environment, and the green walls at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento enliven the exterior of the world’s greenest indoor sports and entertainment arena.

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Year: 2016
Owner: City of Sacramento
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4800 sq.ft.
Slope: 10 degrees
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect, Design, Engineer, Landscape Architect, and Urban Planner: AECOM
Arena Construction Manger: Turner Construction
Arena Project Manager: ICON Venue Group
Modular Greenwall System: LiveWall®
Plant Supplier and LiveWall Sales Representative: Tom Hawkins, GRP, Florasource Ltd.
Greenwall Installation: BrightView

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

View the Golden 1 Center 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 Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/13/17 video photos courtesy of LiveWall, AECOM, and the Golden 1 Center.

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CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference Call for Proposals

February 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference is issuing a Call for Proposals. Would you like to present your ideas, research, and/or projects?  Do so to share and promote your work to the North American industry association, members, and colleagues!

CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof Wall Conference Call Proposals

Held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in beautiful Seattle, WA on September 18 – 21, 2017 the theme of CitiesAlive this year is building resilience and equity across Cascadia: people, community and places.

The Pacific Northwest of North America, known as Cascadia, is a land of stunning natural beauty with loads of green infrastructure worthy of boast and surely a region from which to learn.  And Seattle in the fall is simply sublime and coupled with great food, sightseeing, and warm, engaging, and environmentally conscious people, you can’t go wrong!

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will explore the science behind greenroof and wall performance, technology and design.

“Specifically, the proposals we are looking for will focus on how green roof and walls provide benefits for the entire Cascadia region, including:

• Improved physical and mental health and well-being
• Increased resilience to climate change and extreme weather
• Improved water quality in Puget Sound and Cascadia’s other water bodies
• Improved aesthetics and quality of life
• Enhanced social justice

Proposals of innovative design, policy and research from outside of the Cascadia region are also welcomed.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Proposals are due on Friday, March 17, 2017.

As Media Sponsors for CitiesAlive once more, we don’t want you to miss out.

CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof Wall Conference Call Proposals

For more information or to submit your proposal, visit citiesalive.org.  If you are a GRP (or want to become accredited), in the business – whether professional service provider, industry manufacturer or supplier, or someone simply interested in learning more about design, policy, and research – you must attend CitiesAlive.

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Project of the Week for February 13, 2017: National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

February 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Aerial of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 13, 2016. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/13/17

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National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Washington, D.C., USA
5,800 Extensive Greenroof & approximately 5,500 sq. ft. Intensive Over Structure Greenroof

NOTE: In celebration of Black (African-American) History Month, we are very pleased to showcase the NMAAHC.

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Situated on five acres on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the $540 million National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. The Smithsonian’s first LEED Gold project, it was first proposed by black Civil War veterans 102 years ago and after much debate and opposition from legislators, the museum was finally approved by an Act of Congress. Championed by deceased Republican U.S. Senator Sam Brownback and Democrat Georgia Representative and civil rights campaigner John Lewis, it opened on September 24, 2016. President Obama dedicated the museum and Representative Lewis called it a place that celebrated “the dignity of the dispossessed.” The interior is composed of five large gallery spaces containing over 35,000 artifacts related to African American history, community, and culture, and covers slavery, civil rights, sports, historic black communities, music, visual arts, and more.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

NMAAHC inauguration day with President Obama dedicating the museum under The Porch. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Designed by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, the 420,000 square foot building has a three-tiered shape and is inspired by the Yoruban Caryatid, a traditional wooden column which features a crown or corona at its top. Reaching toward the sky, the bronze-colored filigree corona expresses faith, hope and resiliency. Below, visitors enter through a grand “porch” at the south side. The Porch is an outdoor welcome area and the 175-foot-long steel and concrete canopy shades visitors with its upward tilt. An extensive greenroof planted with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Moerings USA/Sempergreen covers the porch’s overhang. Much of the north lawn is a large intensive greenroof which covers the galleries below and the glass oculus that juts up from the grounds to help illuminate the underground portions. At night, the corona glows, presenting stunning views of the museum from a variety of vantage points in and around the Mall. The location and design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture represent the past, present, and future of the African American experience in ways that are both tangible and symbolic.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The oculus as seen from the interior. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The NMAAHC intensive over structure greenroof on the north side with the glass oculus peeping through. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Year: 2016
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 11300 sq.ft. total approximately
Slope: 1% – 4%
Access: Extensive Greenroof is Inaccessible & Intensive Greenroof is Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The Washington Memorial as seen from the Porch greenroof. Photo courtesy of Moerings USA / Sempergreen.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The filigree allows filtered light to illuminate the space. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractor: Clark/Smoot/Consigli Construction
Architect of Record: The Freelon Group
Architect: Adjaye Associates
Lead Designer: David Adjaye
Architect:
Smith Group JJR
Landscape Architect: GGN – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd
Architect: Davis Brody Bond
Greenroof System Manufacturer: Henry Company
Extensive Greenroof Vegetation Supplier: Moerings USA/Sempergreen
Engineered Soil & Irrigation: 
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Porch Engineers: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Exhibit Design: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Construction of The Porch’s extensive greenroof, laying the pre-vegetated sedum mats, above, and the finished living roof, below, already drawing interest from local wildlife. Photo: Moerings USA / Sempergreen.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

View the National Museum of African American History and Culture 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 National Museum African American History Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/13/17 video photos courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Photo credits: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC except for Hand-painted banner for Obama presidential campaign 2008, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elizabeth Hess; Moerings USA/Sempergreen and Aerial of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 29, 2016, photo by Anthony Lyons, courtesy of Moerings USA/Sempergreen; Exterior of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, July 20, 2016 by Fuzheado – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, on Wikimedia and U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Musician’s Mate Stephen Hassay/Released by Official Navy Page from United States of America MUC Stephen Hassay/U.S. Navy, content in the public domain on Wikimedia.

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Save the Dates for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit: April 9 – 30!

January 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Greenroofs.com is excited to announce the dates for our upcoming 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 9 – 30!

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

Held previously in 2015, 2013 and 2011, our biennial Virtual Summits have been very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our fields of green infrastructure and living architecture via the power of the Internet – and we have new speakers and cool special features to make 2017 the best to date!

“Imagine a world of green: What are we doing to advance living architecture?” ~ Greenroofs.com’s Virtual Summits

Building upon these initiatives, our 4th foray into the world of online virtual conferences embraces these awesome, inspiring, and highly esteemed Keynotes confirmed for the 2017 Virtual Summit so far:

EMILIO AMBASZ:
Commendatore (Commander) della Rep. Italiana, Ordine della Stella d’Italia; Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; Honorary International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; ISA 2014 Medal for Science, The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna; First Madre Terra Awardee

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

Emilio Ambasz is a highly acclaimed green architect, award-winning industrial and graphic designer, author, and former Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and is best known for his “Green over Gray” philosophy of design sensitivity.  Since its inception in 1976 as building consultants and planners, Emilio Ambasz & Associates has created a belief in and identification with quality to find representative expression in form, performance, added value, and strong symbolic content.

In all its projects, the firm seeks to reconcile the building with nature with the complete integration of building and the landscape.  A pioneer of ecological architecture, just a few of Emilio’s iconic living architecture portfolio projects include the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan, Environment Park (EnviPark) in Turin, Italy, and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) in Venice, Italy.  The design sense in all three of these examples reconciles a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space:

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STEPHEN RITZ:
STEM / STEAM Executive Director, National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx; Founder of Green Bronx Machine; 2015 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalist; TED TALK 2012: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

For over 30 years Stephen Ritz has been a science teacher/administrator in the nation’s poorest congressional district, the South Bronx.  His mantra is “Si se puede!” (Yes you can!) using “Amer-I-Can” innovation and spirit in his message of hope, urgency, and resilience.  As founder of the student-led Green Bronx Machine, his super-charged energy focuses on education, affordable local food systems, and 21st century workforce development.

Years ago Stephen’s class had the first living wall in an NYC school growing veggies and herbs, and in 2016 opened the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, a 100+ year old reclaimed school library, with indoor gardens, robotics, a 100% mobile classroom kitchen with broadcast capabilities, solar and pedal power stations, computer lab, outside gardens, and more.  The innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum is integrated with plant-based teaching lessons that align with core school curriculum.  His upcoming book The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools (May 2017), is his inspiring story about how incorporating gardening and plants into teaching curriculum moved the graduation rate of students from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

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New in 2017

For maximum engagement between speakers and participants from across the globe, for the VS 2017 we’ll be offering some very social platforms so you can easily watch your favorite videos then network in real time with your favorite speakers with new ways to connect, watch, and interact.  Come join us online to find out!

People, Projects & Design

Our website and the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture have always been focused on People, Projects & Design:

PEOPLE: Creative thinkers, innovators, and trailblazers sharing project-focused organic “vegitecture”

PROJECTS: International icons of sustainability: early successes + current & visionary profiles of excellence in design

DESIGN: Proven standards of diverse green technologies + dynamic and cutting edge designs for greening the planet with building integrated greenery: bioclimatic, biodiversity, biomimicry & chic sustainability

This is what and who we are.  Stay tuned for more exciting information, coming soon!

We’ll keep you posted along the way, but for now please Save the Dates now for April 9 – 30, 2017 for your participation in the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher