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Project of the Week for January 30, 2017: World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall

January 30, 2017 at 9:00 am
Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/30/17

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World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall
New York, NY, USA
3,305 sq. ft. Greenwall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Opening almost 15 years after 9/11 in June 2016, the $50 million World Trade Center’s Liberty Park is an elevated, one-acre linear park built on top of a vehicular security-screening center overlooking the original footprint of the World Trade Center, now the National September 11th Memorial. Designed for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by landscape architect Joseph E. Brown, the rooftop park features many trees – including a descendant of Anne Frank’s famous Horse Chestnut Tree – plus shrubs, perennials and unique seating that provides a place for visitors to reflect, relax and recharge amidst bustling New York City.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

The World Trade Center Liberty Park & Living Wall showing the the future St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine, under construction. Video screen shot from Santiago Calatrava; Courtesy Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

An architectural rendering of Liberty Park by Santiago Calatrava, next to the future St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine. Credit: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

One of the park’s most striking features is the multi-hued 25 feet high and 336 feet long G-O2® Living Wall by Plant Connection that transforms the prosaic walls and garage entrances leading to the network of underground roadways and loading docks. Home to over 20,000 evergreen groundcovers and flowering perennials including Baltic Ivy, Common Periwinkle, Coral Bells, Japanese Spurge, and Wintercreeper that provide year-round visual interest of color and texture, the plantings were designed in a staggered, horizontal grid to complement the 9/11 Memorial. The broad bands of color also help soften the scale and façade of the building along Liberty Street, and an extensive 18-zone drip irrigation provides water for the living wall. The 845 stainless steel panels were pre-grown and monitored at Plant Connection’s nursery, ensuring the roots anchored into the panels and media before hanging vertically. Once home to the Deutsche Bank building, Liberty Park came after three years of intensive planning, designing, engineering, and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Collectively, they have transformed the site into a meaningful and memorable space where life and greenery symbolize the rebirth of Lower Manhattan – while always remembering the past.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

The World Trade Center Memorial with Liberty Park under construction shown by the arrows. Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

The living wall under construction. Photo source: WTC Progress Facebook page.

Year: 2016
Owner: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Greenwall Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3305 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Growing in the plants at the Plant Connection nursery for the Liberty Park Living Wall.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

WTC Living Wall Plant Connection Final Planting Plan.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Park Design & Landscape Architect: Joseph E. Brown
Developer/Construction: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
General Contractor: TB Penick & Sons
Greenwall System: G-O2® Living Wall, Plant Connection
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.

Greenwall Installation: Sponzilli Landscape Group

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

View the World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall 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 World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/30/17 video photos courtesy of Plant Connection; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including use of Santiago Calatrava graphics; WTC Progress Facebook page; and Looking north on opening day of Liberty Street Park By Jim.henderson – Own work, CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication on Wikimedia.

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Happy New (Challenging) Year 2017 and Let’s Get Involved

January 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Happy New Year to all and continued prosperity!

With the new leadership in the U.S., 2017 promises to be a challenging one for those of us in the pro-environment industry, here and abroad.  With the elections past and a new president in office, many of us feel disillusioned, angry, and even scared with the looming specter of the new administration’s upcoming four years.  But even if you say and believe “He’s not My president,” like it or not he actually is for now – but there is always something we can do as citizens to not feel so disenfranchised.  We can be part of the solution (or at least the opposition)!

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

Joseph Velazquez in Atlanta for the The March for Social Justice and Women. Photo by Hilary Bradford, Atlanta, 2017.

Even if you were not particularly politically active in the past, as I have been, for me this is the time for our collective similar-minded community to speak up and contribute our thoughts and actions.  We can voice our opinions and fight for a just, open, healthy, pro-environment and all-embracing peaceful community – on a small scale for all of our people and places, and on a grand scale for the future health of our planet.  Even if you voted for Trump for a host of other reasons, it must be clear that his policies on the environment and energy are dire, at best and to say the least.

Earlier this month two of our family members participated in The March for Social Justice and Women, which had an attendance of about 60,000 here in Atlanta and 3,000,000 globally.  On February 16 Aramis and I are planning to attend the Climate & Health Meeting: How the Climate Crisis Affects Public Health from The Climate Reality Project in partnership with the American Public Health Association, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health at the Carter Center.  Originally scheduled as a 3-day conference, it was unexpectedly cancelled earlier this month:

The Climate & Health Meeting is being held following the abrupt cancellation of a major climate change-public health conference planned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin told The Washington Post that the CDC’s event was called off preemptively in an attempt to avoid any entanglements with the then-incoming Trump Administration, which has nominated several climate deniers to key cabinet positions relating to the environment and already has ordered science-based government agencies to cease the release of important public information and put a freeze on Environmental Protection Agency grants and contracts that could, according to the Post, “affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.” ~ The Climate Reality Project

And we are keeping our eyes open for more information on the 2017 People’s Climate March on Washington just announced two days ago for April 29:

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

A steering committee of more than two dozen organizations is organizing the event. It is supported by the major national environmental groups and an array of social justice, religious, and labor groups, ranging from the Hip Hop Caucus to the Franciscan Action Network to the BlueGreen Alliance. More than 100 groups have endorsed the march. ~ InsideClimateNews

Climate reality is just that – science-based and real, here to stay.  Preaching to the choir here, we all know how climate change affects so many aspects of our lives, and we believe that designing with nature by incorporating plants on, over, and within our built environment can ameliorate at least our own neighborhoods and urban heat islands.  Greening buildings and creating green infrastructure is what we all do in some form or another – it’s our industry, so let’s get involved!

In the past many have devoted their time and effort to promoting Earth Hour, March 25; Earth Month, April; or specifically Earth Day, April 22.  But these events are meant to serve as reminders that our planet should be revered and protected every day of the year, not just sometimes.

So what can we do?  Beyond writing and calling your state senators and representatives, why not join or see what The Climate Reality Project, Earth HourEarth MonthEarth Day and these other organizations are doing, too: 350.orgNRDCAvaaz, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, EARTHJUSTICEGreen AmericaGreenpeace, Scientists’ March on Washington, ACORE, WWF, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and of course Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, our own North American industry association, among so many others!

Of course, we would love to have you join/follow us our social media networks, too, to voice your opinion within our specific industry: Greenroofs.com Network on LinkedIn; Facebook; Twitter; GreenroofsTV Channel on YouTubePinterest; and our eNewsletters.

Earlier this month on January 18 both NASA and NOAA announced that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded (since 1880), to the indifference of climate-deniers.  Previously, 2015 held the title of Warmest Global Year on Record.

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

In the past I have always believed in supporting our U.S. presidents – at least having respect for the Office of the President, but for me currently there is very little to respect in the persona of Donald Trump.  But with enough voices and actions, perhaps we can create some change and at least make his tenure palatable.

And to this effect, we hope you join us for our 4th biennial 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit starting on April 9 through April 30. With a distinguished Advisory Group for 2017 and easier and more socially interactive online platforms, come network with us along with a host of fellow influencers from around the world, and bring your voice to the global table.

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

Here’s to peace, love, happiness, thriving business, and action for all in 2017!

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

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:

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

 

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.

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

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

Project of the Week for January 23, 2017: SRM Development, Kirkland, WA

January 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/23/17

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SRM Development, Kirkland, WA
Kirkland, WA, USA
17,1500 sf. Greenroof, Planters & Greenwall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located in Kirkland, Washington, this former hazardous waste site owned by SRM Development has been transformed into an 180,000 square foot LEED Platinum certified building leased by a private company. Features include a rain catchment system, electric vehicle chargers, highly efficient HVAC systems, and a super insulated building shell. The rooftop deck boasts almost 18,000 square feet of a DIADEM® USA green roof covered with Etera® SEDUM TILE, solar panels, and large seating areas along with spectacular views of nearby Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline. A Tournesol Siteworks green wall graces one of the outer walls.

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Landscape architect Forrest Jammer of TRA (Thomas Rengstorf & Associates) designed the site’s pedestrian paving, furniture, hardscape, and plantings. Indeed, more than half the site is covered by rooftop plantings. He specified a green roof to not only provide an aesthetically pleasing retreat, but also complement the overall sustainability goals of the expansion. The amenity space on the roof includes seating offering sweeping views of the colorful foliage on the curvaceous patterns on the green roof as well as in raised planter boxes that were custom fabricated to hold a greater variety of taller plants. TRA utilized Etera® pre-vegetated SEDUM TILE on the extensive area for immediate and complete coverage. Etera custom grew a mat with the specified mix of sedums as well as the accent perennials grown into the mats. A combination of grasses and flowering perennials were used as accent plants including Pennisetum, Festuca, Achillea, Allium, Penstemon and Rudbeckia, and the accent perennials are growing strong with their living mulch of sedum groundcovers. The result is a green roof with the instant vegetative coverage of a SEDUM TILE mat and the color, texture, and interest of a plug roof showcasing panoramic vistas of the lake, mountains, and beautiful downtown Seattle.

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Year: 2015
Owner: Owner: SRM Development
Location: Kirkland, WA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 17150 sq.ft.
Greenroof Slope: 1%; Greenwall Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: DLR Group
Landscape Architect: Forrest Jammer, RLA, CLIA, Thomas Rengstorf & Associates (TRA)
Pre-vegetated SEDUM TILE Mat: Etera®
Greenroof System: DIADEM USA, Inc.
Greenroof & Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Teufel Landscape
Greenwall Systems: VGM Modular Living Wall & VertiGreen 3D Trellis, Tournesol Siteworks
Rooftop Solar Array System Design & Installation: NW Wind & Solar
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

View the SRM Development, Kirkland, WA 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 SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the SRM Development, Kirkland, WA Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/23/17 video photos courtesy of Etera® and DIADEM USA.

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