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Project of the Week for August 28, 2017: Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

August 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/28/17

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Independence Blue Cross Living Wall
Philadelphia, PA, USA
544 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Philadelphia’s 1901 Market Street, corporate headquarters for Independence Blue Cross (IBC), underwent a 5-year, complete building modernization with sustainability in mind from Meyer Architects. This included the overhaul of the Market Street frontage expansion at the ground floor. Aside from the site’s interior renovations, IBC also gave its outdoor plaza space a ‘green face-lift.’ The previous space was segmented and masked, plants had outgrown their space, and the plaza terminated at a tiered concrete wall of weeds that loomed over seating areas. This renovation was awarded with two TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards from BOMA Philadelphia (Building Owners and Managers Association), and nothing more visually states a company’s green branding than installing two exterior 18 feet tall living walls!

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Designed by manufacturer and grower Plant Connection, a curvilinear design of overlapping arcs freely flows through both walls. Since the plaza is surrounded by tall buildings that cast shadows and bounce light, a planting palette suitable for shade was chosen with seasonal interest. The two G-O2 Living Walls span a total of 32 feet and provide a splendid visual contrast to the richly colored Trespa panel accent wall that surrounds it.

New paving, complete with IBC’s inlaid logo medallion and recessed LED lighting, runs throughout and visually connects the buildings overlooking the space. Serpentine tiered seating extends from the wall and allows visitors to appreciate the living wall plantings up close and the green walls are segmented by recessed LED lighting that aligns with other design elements. IBC added life and beauty to its outdoor plaza which provides a visual statement of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Now, 1901 Market Street is wide open with welcoming views to its lush living walls. Building occupants have verdant views to the living walls below, and plaza visitors can take a refreshing break outside in an inviting space.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Year: 2016
Owner: Independence Blue Cross
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 544 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

The previous conditions at 1901 Market Street.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Meyer Architects
Structural Engineer: O’Donnell & Naccarato
MEP/Civil Engineer: Pennoni Associates
Landscape Architect: Pennoni Associates
General Construction: The Riff Group
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection
Maintenance: Ambius

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

More Info

View the Independence Blue Cross Living Wall 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 August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/28/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross Facebook page; Meyer Architects; Pennoni Associates, The Riff Group, and Plant Connection.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

CounterpointeSRE PACE Program Announces Innovative Financing for Greenroofs

August 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing for Greenroofs

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

If you are lucky to be located in a U.S. state covered by PACE financing, you may be eligible for financing 100% of the costs to fund permanent green energy-saving, water-saving and seismic strengthening improvements – now including greenroofs!

Last week, Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate, a leader in commercial real estate PACE financing, announced the launch of new financing program for the installation, service, and maintenance of greenroofs nationwide.

This innovative new financing program will help property owners comply with San Francisco’s new Living Roof Ordinance for one, and is backed by property-tax assessments funding – known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing – through which the local county or municipality offers a voluntary tax assessment increase in exchange for the funding costs.

“The financing provided by Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate provides financing for 100% of the costs of green roof installation. Through the CounterpointeSRE’s PACE program, the assessment that funds the improvements is repaid with long term, fixed rates through an additional line item on the property tax statement. This will allow hotels, offices, hospitals and other commercial properties to finance green roofs while preserving capital and potentially qualifying for off balance sheet treatment. Assessments are tied to the property, so they may be passed through to tenants, are non-recourse to owners and are transferrable upon sale of the property.

A highlighted feature of the new program is 100% financing that includes all related soft costs such as design, engineering, egress installation, and prepaid service or maintenance contracts for the green roof.” ~  Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

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CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

Download the CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program PDF to read more about it and how you and your property may qualify.

“CounterpointeSRE is pleased to work in conjunction with city planners to helps reduce heat island effects, manage stormwater, and increase open space in commercial spaces.

Through this program, property owners can increase ROI, property aesthetics and property value while making our cities more environmentally friendly.” ~ Eric Alini, managing partner at Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading PACE provider, financing commercial real estate clean energy and resiliency improvements nationwide from $100,000 to $50,000,000.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity to fund commercial greenroofs and we need to look more into it!  For more information, please visit CounterpointeSRE.

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

Join Us at CitiesAlive 2017 to Pay Tribute to a Pioneer in Biophilic Design – Stephen Kellert! by Steven Peck

August 21, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

2017 CitiesAlive ~ Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places

At the 15th Annual Cascadia CitiesAlive in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017, we at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities are planning to pay tribute at the Opening Plenary to a pioneer in the field of biophilic design, Stephen Kellert. With an outstanding panel, we will explore his work and the frontiers of this revolutionary approach to designing buildings and communities.

I first met Stephen more than 15 years ago and since that time, we have been promoting his thinking about biophilic design in our Green Roof Professional Training courses.  Biophilic design is very supportive of implementing green roofs and walls, which are both positive elements that confer human health and well being benefits.

He also delivered several inspiring keynote addresses at former CitiesAlive conferences.

And in addition, Stephen wrote an important Forward to The Rise of Living Architecture, our 10th Anniversary Book, wherein he stated:

“One of the greatest challenges of our age is how to live in compatible and even harmonious relations to the natural world. Living architecture represents an important step in the direction of reconciling people and nature in the modern built environment and the industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been in the forefront of this effort.”

Tribute at the Opening Plenary

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

In Seattle, an Opening Plenary panel of renown experts including Bill Browning of Terrapin Green; Bert Gregory, Principal, Mithun; Gail Vittori, Chair, Green Building Certification Institute; and Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of International Living Future Institute will reflect on his legacy and discuss future developments in the field.

Plenary & Reception, Monday, September 18, 2017

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks: Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health
Master of Ceremonies: Steven Peck, GRP, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
Kathleen Wolf, PhD, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Trade Show & Opening Reception

8:30pm – 11:30pm

Local Host Reception – Seattle Aquarium

Stephen Kellert was a kind and passionate man, especially where it came to fostering a better relationship between people and nature.  He inspired many people with whom he worked and taught. He was a revered professor at Yale University at The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

One of Stephen’s most notable achievements was that he pioneered the application of biophilic design to the built form.  He believed that having biophilic designed buildings would help people become healthier and happier.

Biophilic Design Workshop

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

At CitiesAlive we are delighted to have another pioneer, Bill Browning, lead the first ever design workshop on maximizing biophilic benefits through green roof and wall design just prior to the Opening Plenary.  At the workshop, we hope to maximize the number of biophilic elements that can be incorporated into green roof and wall projects.

Biophilic design is also one of the performance characteristics that is built into the Green Infrastructure Foundation’s Living Architecture Performance Tool, a green roof and wall performance rating system that will be open for comment on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Seattle.

Register by September 7 and Save $50!

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

Please join us for our CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and help us pay tribute to his contributions, shape the future of the industry, and strengthen our ability to use green roofs and walls to improve our health and well being.

Sincerely yours,

~ Steven W. Peck

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).  He is also co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation in Toronto, Canada.

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Project of the Week for August 14, 2017: Millennium Park

August 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/14/17

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Millennium Park
Chicago, IL, USA
1,067,220 sf Greenroof

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Created to reinvigorate a 25-acre tract of land in Chicago’s Grant Park, Millennium Park is a multi-award winning public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). At 24.5 acres, Millennium Park is considered either the largest or one of the largest intensive greenroof projects in the world and covers two multi-level parking lots with a total of 4,000 cars, a commuter rail line, and an opera hall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s cutting-edge showplace – the centerpiece is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry. Today, it is Chicago’s second-largest tourist attraction – and the City marked its 10th anniversary throughout the summer of 2014. The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration featured dozens of free events and exhibitions including new monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more. Due to the size, scope, and multi-phase approach, several companies provided waterproofing, including: Barrett CompanyAmerican Hydrotech, Tremco, and Henry.

Publisher’s Note: Visit the City of Chicago’s Millennium Park website to see the 2017 Millennium Park Summer Brochure for free events and more.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Year: 2004
Owner: City of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Municipal, Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,067,220 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Master Plan, Architecture, Structural + Civil Engineering, Urban Design + Planning: SOM
Landscape Architect of Record:
Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc.
Project Director: Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Pritzker Pavilion Architect: Frank Gehry
The Lurie Garden Senior Design Partner: Kathryn Gustafson, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
Waterproofing System: Ram-Tough 250DM, Barrett Company
Barrett Waterproofing Contractor: Kedmont Waterproofing
Waterproofing & Intensive Greenroof System: Garden Roof® Assembly, American Hydrotech
Waterproofing & Greenroof System: Henry Vegetative Roofing Assembly™
Waterproofing System: Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing
Design Landscape Architect: CYLA Design Associates
Design Landscape Architect: Daniel Weinbach & Partners
Design Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Lurie Garden Perennial Planting Designer: Piet Oudolf
Irrigation, Great Lawn and Turf Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

More Info

View the Millennium Park 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 August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Millennium Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/14/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Caroline Menetre 2011; American Hydrotech; View of the Chicago skyline from 340 on the Park by Dmytro Sergiyenko licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Lurie Garden in sun by Ruhrfisch licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons; Lurie Garden view with Michigan and Randolf streetwalls by Señor Codo licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons; Jay Pritzker Pavilion on 2012-10-20 licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons; Pritzker Pavilion looking north at night, Source: Logan Reed; Author: Farsidekid00 licensed under Public Domain via Commons; and Chicago_-_Crown_Fountain_-_Millennium_Park_(2713868085).jpg by Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago