Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

January 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Happy New Year 2018!

As we enter 2018 we look forward to renewed strategies for promoting green living architecture, which is the embodiment of Greenroofs.com.  Our focus has always been People, Projects, and Design, and we’re excited to feature many of your new awesome accomplishments in 2018.

Watch the “Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review” for auld lang syne.

Project of the Week: January 1, 2018

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review
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Greenroofs, Greenwalls, & Green Infrastructure Elements

 

2017 Projects of the Week

In 2017 we highlighted some inspiring and wonderful greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Many different types were showcased, some with both features included.  Additional green infrastructure elements in the projects incorporated were:

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

38 Dolores in San Francisco and LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) in Madrid.

Bioretention ponds, underground cisterns and more water harvesting techniques, water recycling systems, daylighting, solar and other alternative, renewable energy technologies, edible and stormwater gardens, and more.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and Van Dusen Botanical Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

It’s heartening to see developers, governments, and building owners listening to environmentally progressive architects and designers.  The collaborative efforts are not only proposing projects that are more holistically designed, but getting them built as well.  Kudos to all!

Join us for a quick look at just some of these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Independence Blue Cross Living Wall in Philadelphia and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Projects of the Week Gallery

To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page.

Click on each photo to go more in-depth in the post, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  Then you can see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about each particular project.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square in Athens and Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof in Cincinnati.

The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database

Also visit our Projects page to search for examples of living architecture in your neck of the woods or anywhere on Earth.  Find projects from all continents except Antarctica.  Send us your own profiles to share with the world!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter.

Would you like to see your own project featured?  We must have a Project Profile first!  Submit Your Project Profile.

2017 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

I’d like to thank Aramis for putting the 2017 video together ~ plus taking over the recording and editing of all of our Projects of the Week videos since our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez, left for law school in August.

And, especially, thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

Watch the Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2017 Video in Review below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

For individual video photo credits, please see each video commentary or the Project Profile.

Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2018, and remember to:

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for December 11, 2017: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

December 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
5,716 sf greenroof

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Note: The video Land in the Sky: The Rooftop Garden at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto by Kelsey Carriere is playing at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit through December.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: December 11, 2017

Mini Description & Details

Designed by LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) and located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) offers social and culture-based services for aboriginal children and families with a strong sense of environmental stewardship. NCFST decided to install a green roof, rather than a conventional one, to facilitate traditional Aboriginal culture in their urban setting and received $26,550 in funding from the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program.

Designed by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, its living roof has a healing lodge and fire circle, surrounded by a lush roof garden of varied native perennials, shrubs, and trees. Bioroof Systems provided the materials and expertise to create a plant palette that would be instantly recognizable to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) who lived on the land that would become Toronto five centuries later.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

The plant palette includes the traditional Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe and Algonquin) medicines: cedar, sweet grass, sacred tobacco and sage, which are harvested regularly for ceremony. At the core of the plantings is a garden of corn, beans and squash known as “The Three Sisters.”

The gardens are not just symbolic, they provide an opportunity for the city children and youth visiting the centre to learn firsthand about traditional horticulture and life ways. As well as an open air classroom, the roof is also a meeting place for the community. The accessible areas have been built with soft surface play areas, natural log seating, a fire pit, and green “teaching hills.”

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

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The heart of the roof is the Healing Lodge, a structure influenced by the traditional Anishinaabe Sweat Lodge. These special spaces are used both formally and informally for public assemblies and ceremonies, drumming and circle sessions and for counseling, meetings and playtime. Today, four stories above the streets of Canada’s largest city, the Native Child and Family Services Centre’s green roof is forging a living link with a country’s history and a people’s traditions.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Year: 2010
Owner:
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Building
Type: Non-Profit
Type:
Semi-Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
5716 sq.ft.
Slope:
1%
Access:
Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects)
Landscape Architect: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.
Green Roof System & Manufacturer: Bioroof Systems
General Contractor: Boszko and Verity
Green Roof Installation: Living Architectural Contracting Inc.
Water Retention Panel: GR32 Green Roof System, Green Innovations
Growing Media: Landsource Organix Ltd.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

All the Info:

View the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 12/11/17 video photo credits: Photography by Ben Rahn, courtesy of LGA Architectural Partners and FORREC Ltd.; Bioroof Systems; and Kelsie Carriere.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured on Greenroofs.com? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile.

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 Summit Host

Join us for Round #2 plus our original videos from Round #1!  Register now for the 50% off discounted rate of only $25 and watch 40 awesome speakers online at our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for December 4, 2017: Asbury Woods Nature Center

December 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Asbury Woods Nature Center
Erie, PA, USA
5,000 sf greenroofs

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: December 4, 2017

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Mini Description & Details

A model of sustainable design with a focus on energy conservation, the state-of-the-art Asbury Woods Nature Center sits on over 205 acres of rich, ecologically diverse land in northwestern Pennsylvania, boasting 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Designed by Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens, in late 2005 the Center opened its doors to the new addition along with modern updates to the existing 1930’s cottage.

The Exhibit Hall features live animal habitats, a turtle pond, an amphitheater/program area, and a live honeybee hive exhibit plus three new classrooms, covered by the 5,000 square foot vegetative roof that visitors see as they enter the building.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Provided and designed by Roofmeadow, a Sedum carpet tops the dramatic barrel-vaulted roof with pitches up to 7:12, creating a striking counterpoint to the forested surroundings of the Asbury Woods Nature Center. The un-irrigated Type I vegetative roofing system has a 5” depth with Sedums and flowering herbs such as Allium schoenoprasum and Talinum calycinum.

In the flat portion cuttings of various Sedum species were used including S. sexangulare, S. sieboldii, and S. spurium. A small curved informational kiosk was also planted at the building entrance by Lichtenfels Nursery. The Asbury Woods Nature Center green roof was funded through a $63,892 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Energy Harvest Grant.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

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Desiring to improve green roof education, Director Brian Winslow had a small curved informational kiosk planted at the building entrance to inform visitors. Installed by Lichtenfels Nursery, the Roofmeadow contractor who also installed the Asbury Woods Nature Center living roof, the kiosk provides signage and welcome shade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Year: 2005
Owner:
Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. and the Millcreek Township School District
Location:
Erie, PA, USA
Building Type:
Educational
Type:
Extensive
System:
Custom
Size:
5,000 sq.ft.
Slope:
15%
Access:
Inaccessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Emory Knoll Farms
Plant Installation: Lichtenfels Nursery
Roofmeadow Contractor: Lichtenfels Nursery
Lead Architect & Landscape Architect: Jackie Kaminsky & Gregory Copeland (currently with Domokur Architects), Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Structural Engineer: I. A. Lewin & Associates
General Contractor: Odyssey Builders

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

All the Info:

View the Asbury Woods Nature Center 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 Asbury Woods Nature Center

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Asbury Woods Nature Center Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 12/04/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Roofmeadow, Domokur Architects, and Asbury Woods Nature Center.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured on Greenroofs.com? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile.

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 Summit Host

Join us for Round #2 plus our original videos from Round #1!  Register now for the 50% off discounted rate of only $25 and watch 40 awesome speakers online at our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening with LiveWall by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

November 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Outdoor LiveWall Installation Creates a Vertical Garden Growing Fresh Vegetables and Herbs to Promote Living Walls for Urban Horticulture

Photos Courtesy of Phipps and LiveWall®

Founded in 1893, the LEED Silver (2006) Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a local landmark in Pittsburgh, Pa. and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Phipps has been Pittsburgh’s green oasis for more than 120 years. Nearly half a million people visit annually. Historically, Phipps has excelled at showcasing the beauty of plants.

Today, the conservatory is a green leader among public gardens — recognized for its leadership and commitment to sustainability including environmental conservation, renewable energy, green building design, and healthy living. Their latest innovation in green leadership is the installation of LiveWall Green Walls.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps offers a variety of adult and youth programs, classes and events to educate guests about the benefits of sustainable gardening, raised-bed vegetable gardening, local food production, and healthy eating. In addition, Phipps sponsors Homegrown, an outreach program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families.

Since 2013, the program has established more than 200 vegetable gardens in urban and underserved neighborhoods.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

The Phipps Production Greenhouse before greening. Photo © Lofty Views.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

However, space limitations for garden plots can be a challenge for urban gardening. That is why Richard V. Piacentini, executive director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, encouraged the organization to explore green walls as a space-saving alternative.

“Growing vegetables and herbs on its green wall display is an innovative way for Phipps to demonstrate how families and community groups can grow their own fresh, healthy produce on vertical gardens if they do not have room for large garden plots,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of LiveWall.

Testing Green Wall Options

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Starting in 2015, Phipps tested LiveWall Inspire Living Wall Panels alongside several other living wall systems on the south-facing wall of its Production Greenhouse Facility. Standardized Inspire panels are 4-feet wide and 7-feet, four inches tall. Each has 24 molded plastic modular planter boxes.

“The other options we evaluated all had shortcomings,” said Michael Bechtel, display horticulturist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

“With just small pockets of growing medium, some of the other green walls dried out too fast on the sunny, south-facing wall. Others have plastic parts that did not withstand the hot summer sun and started to crack and snap off. In addition, with all the other green walls we tested, we had to water the plants by hand.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

According to Bechtel, LiveWall Inspire proved to be the system of choice because of its soil volume and depth for growing and sustaining plants on the sun-drenched wall, the strength and durability of its materials and components, and its integrated spray irrigation.

“It is most professional and well-designed system. The others just did not seem like they could hold up and scale up to the size of the vertical garden we wanted across the length of the Production Greenhouse Facility,” said Bechtel. “With its car bumper grade recycled plastic, the LiveWall planter modules are strong and durable.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Inspire Living Wall Panels are pre-assembled green wall frames. They include vertical furring tracks that attach to the building wall and establish air space between the wall and the panels for ventilation. Rows of aluminum rails, which serve as conduits bringing water to each planter box, run horizontally across the tracks.

LiveWall molded plastic modular planter boxes then fit into place and are fastened onto the rails. Separate liner inserts, plant containers with growing medium and pre-grown plants, drop into the planter boxes. For outdoor installations, the system uses precisely metered spray nozzles for irrigation to water plants much like natural rain.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

After completing initial testing in 2015, Phipps installed nine more Inspire standard panels in 2016. In the spring, beets, carrots, collard greens, kale, and kohlrabi grow in the vertical garden. Summer plantings include basil, rosemary, thyme, celery root, and various peppers.

Lessons Learned

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Bechtel advises giving careful consideration to the growing medium selected for vertical gardening on living walls. In 2016, he experimented with a potting soil for the growing medium that was too lumpy and porous. Water flowed through too quickly. Switching to a different growing medium with better water retention qualities was a substantial improvement.

He and his colleagues have also experimented with various organic fertilizers. They found a slow-release granular product, which applied every two to three weeks during the growing season yields impressive growth.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Bechtel also has a supply of extra inserts for the LiveWall modules. He uses them to start plants in the greenhouse. Being able to easily swap the inserts in and out of the planter boxes on the wall is especially useful for transitioning from spring to summer plants as well as for preparing the living wall for winter.

The Fruits of the Garden

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

“With our green walls, we have the opportunity to study, evaluate and learn about growing edibles on space-efficient vertical gardens, said Bechtel.

“It is a forward-thinking approach that enables us to offer education and assistance to homeowners, schools and community organizations on planning, installing and maintaining their own green walls so that they can benefit from fresh produce.”

A visit to Phipps to see the green walls can be tasty as well as inspiring. Guests can see vegetables and herbs growing organically on the green walls and then taste them in delicious dishes served at Café Phipps, named by Food & Wine magazine as a “Best Museum Restaurant.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

The living walls with a view towards the Center for Sustainable Living. Photo by Michael Tessler.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

  ~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls are featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for November 20, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

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

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

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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