Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 16, 2018: Monroe County Parking Garage

April 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking GarageMonroe County Parking Garage
Bloomington, IN, USA
240 sf Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: April 16, 2018

The ubiquitous above-ground parking garage building typology is not usually known for design innovation.  Imagine brightening up their monotonous facades with living plant material.

Instead of seeing the usual boring type of parking structure, the citizens of Bloomington, Indiana are greeted daily with bright and cheerful annuals in a vertical row of five window openings!  In this case, colorful greenwalls give the appearance of large window boxes, and the city commissioners receive tons of compliments.  And the fact that the modular system components are high-impact, UV-resistant and that the county can replant very easily makes for a great design option.

Read the April 15, 2018 guest feature Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina for more info on this project.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Mini Description & Details

Designed by Axis Architecture + Interiors, the new 240-parking space Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana provides parking for county employees and the general public to relieve parking congestion.  But rather than appearing bland or austere, a LiveWall greenwall installation adds a living element of green design to the six-story brick and concrete building.

The low maintenance living wall system fills five of the parking structure’s window openings with a variety of plants that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green.  The architects said the idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of parking structure with an interesting and visually appealing element.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Because the system for this application was not mounted on a solid wall surface, the parking garage living wall had to be installed across window openings within the structure’s wall.  ProCLAD designed and installed a framework within the 8 feet long by 6 feet tall window openings with 4-inch by 4-inch by 1/4-inch tube steel.

They bolted the LiveWall system’s horizontal aluminum rails to the tube steel frames.  Each of the five sections of green wall has six rows of LiveWall modular planter boxes, which slide into the rails.  Its structural design lent itself to a secure installation within the garage windows in a way that allows for easy access from behind the green wall on the inside the garage.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

The greenwall has a total of 180 plants in a variety of seven annuals including yellow, red and purple coleus, plus Silver Falls, red and pink begonias, and sweet potato vines.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

More

In effect, installing LiveWall put window boxes into the windows of the parking garage.  The LiveWall installation stands out as a beautiful, lively, and distinctive design element on the Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Year: 2017
Owner:
Monroe County
Location:
Bloomington, IN, USA
Building Type:
Above-Ground Parking Garage
Type:
Living Wall
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
240 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Axis Architecture + Interiors
General Contractor: Hagerman Construction Corporation
Green Wall Installation Contractor: ProCLAD, Inc.
Green Wall Manufacturer:  LiveWall
Green Wall Design and Installation Consultants: LiveWall
Green Wall Plant Supplier: LiveWall
Developer: GM Development
Concrete Supplier: Irving Materials, Inc.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

All the Info:

View the Monroe County Parking Garage 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 Monroe County Parking Garage

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Monroe County Parking Garage Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/16/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of LiveWall and Tony Frederick of CS Kern, via Hagerman Construction Corporation.

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

Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

April 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

LiveWall Green Wall Installation Adds a Living Element of Green Design to the Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana

Photos Courtesy of LiveWall®

When you think of parking garage design and construction, what descriptive words come to mind? Bland, austere?

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Monroe County in Bloomington, Indiana constructed a six-story, 240-space parking garage for its employees in 2017. Their new parking garage is surprisingly different. A LiveWall® living wall fills five of its window openings with a variety of seven different annuals that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“The idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of the structure with an interesting and visually appealing element achieved by incorporating some green design,” said Stephen Andoh, AIA, LEED AP, project manager, Axis Architecture + Interiors, the project architect.

Many nearby buildings have second and third story window boxes with flowers. “Installing a total of 180 LiveWall modular planter boxes was like putting window boxes into the window openings of the garage,” said Julie L. Thomas, Monroe County commissioner. “The five sections of green wall make a lovely, lively addition to the exterior.”

Green Wall Installation

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“LiveWall was a good choice for an outside green wall exposed to the elements. Its components and parts are strong and durable,” said Joel Fleming, project manager, Hagerman Construction Corporation, the project’s general contractor.

“LiveWall’s structural design lent itself to a secure installation within the garage windows in a way that allows for easy access from behind the green wall inside the garage for maintenance or changing out plants,” said Logan Messmer, project engineer, ProCLAD, Inc., a building envelope contractor selected to install the parking garage living wall.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

The LiveWall outdoor system establishes a vertical garden mounted on exterior walls. In the typical outdoor installation, the system’s vertical furring tracks are attached directly onto the surface of a wall. Horizontal aluminum rails, which include conduits to bring water to the outdoor system’s integrated irrigation sprayers, are bolted to the tracks. LiveWall modular planter boxes, which are high-impact, UV-resistant, architectural quality moldings, slide into the rails along a specially designed slot. Finally, separate liner inserts, which are removable and reusable plant containers that hold the growing medium and pre-grown nursery plants, drop into the planter boxes.

However, in this application the system was not mounted on a solid wall surface. The parking garage living wall had to be installed across window openings within the structure’s wall.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“We had previous experience installing trellis systems that grow vines up the side of a wall from the ground up,” said Messmer. “This was different because there is more substantial structure to support the modular planters and irrigation components.”

After LiveWall gave our project managers and engineers a 30-minute installation tutorial, it was not hard to figure what we needed: a frame within the windows to which we could secure the horizontal rails.”

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

The window openings in the parking garage measure 8 feet long by 6 feet tall. Each of the five sections of green wall has six rows of LiveWall modular planter boxes that cover the openings. ProCLAD designed and installed a metal framework within the window openings with 4-inch by 4-inch by ¼-inch tube steel. They bolted the LiveWall system’s horizontal aluminum rails to the tube steel frames. The modular planter boxes were then slid into the rails’ slots.

“The integrity of the system underwent a challenging test the day the plants went in,” said Thomas. “We had a huge, powerful thunderstorm with intense rain, wind and hail. The green wall and plants came through fine.”

Plant Selection

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Thomas and her colleagues initially thought of using perennial plants. LiveWall suggested they might consider annuals.

“Perennials or annuals can both work. The selection of annuals for living walls is much more varied and colorful, and they only require maintenance during the growing season,” said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of LiveWall. “Annual bedding plants are also generally less expensive than perennials. Using annuals gives you more flexibility to try different plants and change the appearance of a living wall from year to year.”

On the Monroe County parking garage installation, the sections in the top, the third and the bottom of the five windows feature alternating columns of Yellow-, Red- and Purple-leaved Coleus plants. Their distinctive foliage colors stand out, and they bloom with light purple flowers in the summer and fall. The bottom rows of modular planters in these three window sections are planted with Dichondra argentea (Silver Falls). Clusters of their small, silver-green leaves trail down from the planters. The second and fourth windows feature alternating mixes of Red and Pink Begonias, which bloom abundantly from summer through the first frost. Deep purple Sweet Potato Vines (Ipomea batatus) trail from the bottom row of these windows.

Results and a Surprise

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“The living wall is stunning, eye-catching, and appealing,” said Andoh.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Commissioner Thomas has received text messages, emails and comments from county officials and employees, the general public, and her constituents. They have all been positive — rare for a county project, she noted.

There was one surprise. Thomas did expect the green wall to be beautiful. “What I did not anticipate is the captivating effect of the wind moving through the leaves and flowers of the plants. A light breeze can make the living wall come alive.”

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Monroe County Parking Garage is featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for April 16, 2018.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Amber Poncé is the Business Development Manager for LiveRoof Global, LLC and LiveWall, 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 and living walls. She currently sits on the green walls committee of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. She is an accredited Green Roof Professional with over a decade of 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

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

David Aquilina, Strategic Storyteller (www.linkedin.com/in/davidaquilina), is a corporate communications consultant and freelance writer.  An accomplished communications professional, he achieves results that showcase his clients, launch and promote their products and services, build and boost their brands, and support their marketing initiatives. A frequent contributor to green industry publications, David makes his home up on the edge of the northern prairie near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Contact David Aquilina:
612.716.5628
davida@strategicstoryteller.com
StrategicStoryteller.com

#TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post – Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

April 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid just posted their Twitter Pre-chat Post online – see Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post for our upcoming Twitter Chat.

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Here’s just a short excerpt:

“Sustainability sits at the top of the priorities of many cities across the world, especially since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Climate Agreement by the United Nations in 2015. It is important that the impact of different sustainability measures and solutions, including green roofs, become measurable. More research and data should be collected, at the urban and metropolitan scale, to quantify the contribution of green roofs to achieving city sustainability goals. Measuring green roofs impact on stormwater management, air, and water quality would especially allow cities to strategically allocate resources for the installation of green roofs and make them part of city sustainability agendas.

Does your city have green roofs? How do green roofs contribute to a city’s livability? And what impact do they have on a city’s overall sustainability?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and join us at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat to answer these questions and more, with our co-host, Greenroofs.comLinda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED™ AP, GRP, publisher, and editor of Greenroofs.com will be on our experts’ panel along with Tessa Duste (Moss Amsterdam), Ben Flanner (Brooklyn Grange) and Dusty Gedge (Living Roofs). Save the date: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m PT.”

~ Sarah Essbai, The Global Grid

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Join Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, Ben Flanner & me on April 18 for The Global Grid Greenroofs Twitter Chat!

Contribute to #TheGlobalGrid Polls

The Global Grid has three polls up on the Pre-Chat Post: Are there any green roofs in your city?, Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?, and Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?

Contribute your opinion!

Join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs for a Twitter Chat Together Next Wednesday, April 18

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

The Time?

Join us for the one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from:

12 pm – 1 pm PT

Where?

#TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat

You can also read all about How To Do It there, in case you’re new.

Convert for your time zones, and we hope to hear from you at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat with us #Greenroofs next Wedenesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date: April 18, 2018

April 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs are Hosting a Twitter Chat Together

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, an international celebration of the profession.  What better way to be part of the celebration?  Get in on the action and voice your opinions about greenroofs!

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid asked us at Greenroofs.com to co-host their monthly Twitter Chat, and we think it’s a fantastic idea.  Sarah is leading the communications and marketing efforts of The Global Grid and is an architect, urban planner and independent researcher based in Zaandam, The Netherlands.

When?

The one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT.

Look for The Global Grid’s pre-chat post to be published next week, and more info and specifics from us to follow, too.

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

The Topic

Greenroofs, of course!  We’ll be focusing on their role in achieving sustainability goals for cities.

The Panelists

There will be four of us on #The Global Grid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat:

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

  • Dusty Gedge, co-founder of Livingroofs.org and the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) in London: @greenroofsuk;
  • Tessa Duste, founder of Moss Amsterdam in Amsterdam: @TessaDuste;
  • Ben Flanner, Director of Agriculture, President, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City: @bjflanner;
  • And me, Linda S. Velazquez, Publisher and founder of Greenroofs.com in Alpharetta, GA: @greenroofs.

About The Global Grid

Since 2010, The Global Grid has offered localized and unique architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning and related news every weekday.  The Global Grid uniquely publishes news specific to the town or city in which the author resides or is traveling.  With a 150+ writer alumni, The Global Grid continues to grow as a destination for local environmental design news and perspectives.

About Greenroofs.com

Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and comprehensive online resource Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and promoting People, Projects & Design.  Greenroofs.com publishes the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,700 profiles and the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory plus produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011).

Save the Date Twitter Chat

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Convert for your time zones, and we hope you’ll join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs on April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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