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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“The Power of a Plant” by Stephen Ritz is Available May 2!

April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Stephen Ritz’s highly anticipated new book, The Power of a Plant:

We just adore Stephen Ritz!  Stephen is the gifted and exuberant STEM / STEAM Executive Director at the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in New York City’s South Bronx.

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

He is also the founder of the Green Bronx Machine, and the author of the upcoming The Power of a Plant, from Rodale, the lauded health publisher, 2017.

The educational, affordable local food systems, and workforce development innovator’s The Power of a Plant, A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools is dropping May 2, 2017.  Available on sale now, all proceeds of the book go to support the Green Bronx Machine.

Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz founded the student-led Green Bronx Machine and its desire is to provide education, affordable local food systems, and 21st century workforce development.

The South Bronx is the poorest congressional district in the nation with some of the highest rates of asthma, obesity, and malnutrition.  Through education and local engagement, the Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities.

Healthy children are at the heart of healthy schools, and healthy schools are at the heart of resilient communities. ~ The Mission of the Green Bronx Machine

National Health, Wellness and Learning Center

A 2015 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalist, Stephen Ritz donated his entire $25,000 prize to the creation of the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, a 100+ year old reclaimed school library in at CS 55.

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This is what the 100+ year old library at CS 55 looked like before…

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

And after the National Health, Wellness & Learning Center was created!

The innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum is integrated with plant-based teaching lessons which align with core school curriculum.

Stephen is using horticulture in his classroom to not only teach biology and science.  He is using it to help cultivate nurturing and conscious adults.  He calls the Center “a place of wonder, inquiry and engagement for students, teachers, parents and the whole community.”

The Power of a Plant

What if we taught students that they have as much potential as a seed? That in the right conditions, they can grow into something great? That’s the question that Stephen Ritz – who became a teacher more than 30 years ago – sought to answer in 2004 in a South Bronx high school plagued by rampant crime and a dismal graduation rate. After what can only be defined as a cosmic experience where a flower broke up a fight in his classroom, he saw a way to start tackling his school’s problems: plants.

He flipped his curriculum to integrate gardening as an entry point for all learning, and inadvertently created an international phenomenon. As Ritz likes to say, “50,000 pounds of vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens who are growing and eating themselves into good health and amazing opportunities.”

From the mountains of Colombia to the streets of Cairo, and from cities across Canada to the desert sands of Dubai, Stephen Ritz is forming global partnerships to bring the power of a plant to the world. Stephen teaches Pre-K through 5th grade at CS 55 in the Bronx, and is the founder of the Green Bronx Machine. He was a Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, and is one of NPR’s 50 Greatest Teachers.

His work has been featured multiple times at the White House and in 2106 a replica of his classroom was installed in the US Botanic Gardens. His work has been featured and celebrated in major media and documentaries around the world including a personal invite to meet Pope Francis.

Stephen earned his school the first-ever Citywide Award of Excellence from NYC’s Strategic Alliance for Health and he and his students have been featured on PBS: American Graduate, Disney, Jennifer Lopez Special, TNT, The Chew and Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. Ritz has spoken at the United Nations Social Innovation Summit, Clinton Global Initiative, WOBI, Fortune 100’s – all to standing ovations – and his TEDx talk – ranked in the top ten of educational talks – has had over one million views.

Dubbed the Pied Piper of Peas, Stephen and his family reside in the Bronx and continue to farm with children all year round. ~ Back cover, The Power of a Plant by Stephen Ritz

2017 Virtual Summit Keynote

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2We are honored to have Stephen Ritz as an esteemed Keynote at our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit!

I honestly have to say that his video presentation was one of the most heart-tugging and inspiring ones I have ever heard!  It actually brought me to tears with its poignant, uplifting story.  Aptly named, you can see his “Power of a Plant” Video Trailer here.  (The Virtual Summit 2017 registration is open through 2017.)

Filmed on location at “his” National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx, and across different areas of the South Bronx, the viewer is left with a sense of joy and pride for the students and community in this very underserved area of the U.S.

Stephen’s message of “Si, se puede!” – Yes, you can! – is full of hope, urgency and resiliency and what he calls “Amer-I-can” innovation.

Learn all about Stephen at his Biography.

More about the Book

In The Power of a Plant, Stephen highlights how greening a curriculum allows students to grow their capacity to better their lives and their communities.  Since beginning the program, he has seen near perfect attendance and graduation rates, dramatically increased passing rates on state exams, and behavioral incidents slashed in half.  In this poorest Congressional District in America he has partnered towards 2,200 local jobs, built farms and gardens while changing landscapes and mindsets for residents, students and colleagues.

Along the way, Stephen also lost more than 100 pounds by eating the food that he and his students grew in school!  The book features Stephen Ritz’s cornerstone of learning, “Make Epic Happen,” which is broken down into three main takeaways: collisions, connections, and co-learning.  The Power of a Plant is a story of hope, resilience, regeneration, and optimism.  Since 2014, Ritz has inspired more than 5,000 indoor classroom learning gardens based off his model.

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

Praise for The Power of a Plant

Stephen Ritz shares his incredible journey to healthy eating and healthy kids in The Power of a Plant.  Here are just a couple of quotes from people who also love the book:

“Education should not be information overload. It should unleash human potential – which is infinite in its capacity to create, know and solve every conceivable problem. Stephen Ritz has opened a door to this unbounded field of possibilities which he elegantly describes in ‘The Power Of A Plant’.” ~ Deepak Chopra – Author 43 books, NY Times Bestseller, TIME Magazine – Top 100 Heroes and Icons of the Century, Huffington Post – 17th Most Influential Thinker in the World, #1 in Medicine

“This is how change happens, one person at a time, one community at a time. Green Bronx Machine is changing the way children eat, learn and live!” ~ Reverend Al Sharpton; MSNBC / Politics Nation

I’m sure Stephen never started out his teaching career thinking one day he would become such an inspirational and motivational speaker and leader, but he has more than earned this distinctive recognition – with power, grace, dignity, and unbounded energy!

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

Order your The Power of a Plant today!

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

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Join Us Online FREE Tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday: 1st 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Event

April 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

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Join us online for the 1st 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Free Event for Speaker Q & As

This 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture global social media event is Free and open to everyone!  Just like all of the next upcoming events throughout the year, connect with our awesome speakers on Friday April 21, Saturday April 22, and Sunday April 23.

Come to participate and see What It’s All About.

The Free Long Earth Day Weekend Starts Tomorrow!

Join Us Online FREE 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Event

Aramis and I will start things off on Facebook tomorrow starting at 10:00 am EDT.

Get online and watch us as we broadcast live for the first time!

It’ll be fun, I’m sure, and we’ll break the ice since all of us are new to Facebook Live.  Ask questions and make comments on what and how we’re doing.  We’ll do our best to answer!

About a third of our Speakers will be online this Long Earth Day Weekend.  Many more will be online for Live Event #2 – stay tuned!

Q & A Time Schedule

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Join Us Online FREE 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Event

New Addition to the Q & A Agenda

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From about 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT on Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day – Joseph (Joey) Velazquez of Greenroofs.com will be intermittently streaming live from Earth Day’s March for Science in Washington, DC.  He is our oldest child, filmmaker, screenwriter and Virtual Summit editor about to enter law school in the fall.

Join him and hundreds of thousands of people who believe in the science of climate change.  Preserving and ameliorating the health of our planet Earth is urgent and watch him to catch glimpses of this very important event.

Joey’s videos will be compiled and made available next week in case you miss it.

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Don’t miss it!  Also accessible and free to all is the Expo Pavilion through December, 2017.  Visit our Exhibitor pages from our Partners:

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Register for All Access

To watch the Speaker videos and get 10 GRP CEUs  from Green Roofs Healthy Cities you must be registered (only $50 or $25) – but if you’re not yet, come and participate in the Facebook Live Q & As over the Long Earth Day Weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 21, 22 & 23.

See you online tomorrow!

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

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Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Have you registered yet? We do hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

First Live Event: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend Live Event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos.  First up, the:

Educators & Academics:

Keynote Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator, Green Bronx Machine Founder, Author:

The Power of a Plant

Bob Cameron, PhD, Penn State University Adjunct Professor, Eco Applied Technologies Principal:

Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen: How to Construct a Small Scale Aquaponics System for the Home

CY Jim, PhD, University of Hong Kong Professor & Researcher:

Green Roofs Create Oases in the City: Hong Kong

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas, PhD candidate, Researcher, Author and Olyssa Starry, PhD, Portland State University Assistant Professor & Author:

Design, Publishing, and Widespread Use of the Children’s Activity Book: Growing UP in the City: A Book About Green Roofs” – a collaborative talk

Leila Tolderlund, LEED AP, GRP, University of Colorado Denver Senior Instructor and Research Associate:

RootDOWN Green Wall at Denver International Airport

And the Urban Ag Innovators:

Zaro Bates, Empress Green Inc. Founder, Staten Island Urby Farmer-in-Residence:

All We See is Green: Intensive Green Roofs and Urban Farming in NYC

Richard Nelson, SolaRoof International CEO & Owner and Chris Wark, Wark Energy Consulting Principal, Ponix Founder:

Food Production and the Built Environment: How Local Can You Go? Controlled-Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Panel

Annie Novak, Growing Chefs Founder & Director, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Co-founder & Farmer, Author:

The Rooftop Growing Guide: Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers on the Rooftop Landscape

Mary Ostafi, LEED AP, Urban Harvest STL Executive Director 

FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community

See the entire Agenda to check out all of our wonderful Speakers and their talks.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend, April 21, 22 & 23

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

FREE Global Social Media Event

If you’re still considering registering to watch the videos, you can still participate in the Speaker Q & As as this is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!