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Due on Friday: CitiesAlive Call for Proposals!

March 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

If you want to present at this year’s CitiesAlive the Call for Proposals is due on Friday, March 17.

Due Friday March 17 2017 CitiesAlive Call Proposals

As Media Sponsors for CitiesAlive we at Greenroofs.com don’t want you to miss out on the deadline to share and promote your work to the North American industry association, members, and colleagues!

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the CitiesAlive 2017: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference will be held beautiful Seattle, WA on September 18 – 21, 2017 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The theme this year is Building resilience and equity across Cascadia: people, community and places and will explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology and design.

Due Friday March 17 2017 CitiesAlive Call Proposals

Greenroofs and walls are gaining traction on the west coast with the recently implemented green roof ordinance in San Francisco, as well as new policy and research initiatives in nearby cities such as Vancouver, Portland, and Denver.

“We are seeking regional content from the Cascadia region as well as innovative research, design, and policy proposals from across North America. Specifically, the proposals we are looking for focus on how green roof and walls provide benefits for the entire Cascadia region, including:

• Improved physical and mental health and well-being
• Increased resilience to climate change and extreme weather
• Improved water quality in Puget Sound and Cascadia’s other water bodies
• Improved aesthetics and quality of life
• Enhanced social justice”

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Due Friday March 17 2017 CitiesAlive Call Proposals

For more information about all of the awesome opportunities, visit citiesalive.org – but remember:

This Friday, March 17, is the last day to submit a proposal for review for the CitiesAlive 2017: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference

See you in Seattle this September and,

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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

With Seven Green Walls, the Exterior of Golden 1 Center Comes Alive – by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

March 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Contribute to Golden 1 Center’s Re-definition of the Relationship between an Indoor Sports Arena and its Neighboring Urban Environment

All Photos Courtesy of LiveWall®

Green walls transform ordinary walls into vertical gardens. The transformation from commonplace wall to vertical landscape brings a living, organic element to a building. Whether installed indoors or outdoors, green walls are visually appealing and inviting, inspiring and healthful, and beneficial to the environment.

Golden 1 Center, the brand new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, is the world’s first LEED Platinum certified indoor sports venue. The Kings set out to build the world’s most sustainable indoor arena, establish new standards for energy efficiency and water conservation, and re-define how a downtown arena relates to its surroundings. As fans approach Golden 1 Center, they see living symbols of the Kings’ commitment to sustainability: seven green walls totaling 4,800 square feet and featuring 5,400 plants.

The typical sports arena in a dense downtown area is an imposing and introverted monolith walled off from its environment with high exterior walls looming over the streetscape. Unconnected from their surroundings, most arenas are lifeless except on game days.

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Designed by AECOM, the preeminent designer of NBA arenas, Golden 1 Center was envisioned to be very different. It celebrates Sacramento’s community values, climate and lifestyle with an innovative indoor-outdoor design that re-imagines how an arena can relate to the streetscapes around it. It creates a new heart for downtown Sacramento that expresses the city’s identity and values, reconnects neighborhoods, and revitalizes the area.

“We reversed the typical introverted arena with a design that reflects the region and connects to the city,” said Rob Rothblatt, exterior design lead, AECOM.

“The sunken bowl design, with seats below street level, fits Golden 1 Center into the site rather than dominating over it. The large glass hangar doors make the interior visible from the outside. The doors open out onto the plaza, which serves as a welcoming and active space — not just on game days but year-round — with civic art, outdoor searing, shade trees and rain gardens.”

“Unlike any other arena, the beautiful Golden 1 Center is the catalyst for the region, built on the foundation of the city’s ideals and values, a purposeful effort to think about our environment and resources, and profoundly impact the economy in Sacramento and beyond,” said Chris Granger, president of the Kings.

“The entire project is a model of sustainability. Our green walls are a prominent feature and represent the fulfillment of our vision.”

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Completed in September 2016, the green walls were constructed with the LiveWall® system from LiveWall, LLC, Spring Lake, Michigan.  The seven sections of green wall include 2,700 LiveWall modular planters. They are planted with 18 different types of plants and 5,400 plants in total. All flowering plants bloom in shades of purple, the Kings’ signature color.

Design Inspiration and Integration

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

“The inspired idea was to make the building look as if it rests on the green wall, rooting the arena in the landscape and extending the landscape from the new plaza up to the walls of the arena itself,” said James Haig Streeter, landscape design lead, AECOM.

“As people come up to the arena, it appears to emerge from the landscape, and they see vibrant bands of green that change with different sections displaying different plants based on the varying patterns of sun and shade around the building.”

The design and materials of the building’s façade evoke the granite and grandeur of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The green walls are positioned beneath Golden 1 Center’s distinctive reflective aluminum panels, which are etched with three-inch modernist leaf designs based on photographs of a leafy street in East Sacramento. The “Million Trees” panels with hundreds of thousands of leaves convey the sense of billowing valley oak tree canopies on the arena’s exterior. Depending on the time of day and position of the sun, the shadows on the leaves look different, and in combination with the building’s ceramic frit glass, the arena takes on different colors of silver and gold tones. As integrated elements, the glass, metal panels, green walls at the base of the building, and the landscape of the surrounding plaza (including a walnut grove) make Golden 1 Center come alive.

Green Wall Solution

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

In evaluating green wall system options for the project, AECOM considered several critical success factors. “We wanted a proven, tried and true system with well-engineered components that could scale up,” said Haig Streeter.

“It was important for the green wall design to provide adequate soil depth and volume to protect the plants and keep the walls from drying out in the heat of summer.

“The LiveWall planter modules are designed and look like window boxes. That makes it a system with features and functions the owners of the team could understand,” he said.

“For future maintenance, no system could be easier because you can switch out the module liner inserts with different plants.”

The Sacramento office of BrightView, one of the nation’s leading landscape services companies, installed the green walls. The installation includes 2,700 LiveWall planter modules. They attach to a unique aluminum rail and mounting track system, which is affixed to the structural wall and secures the planters and integrated irrigation components.

Plant Selection

For commercial and public applications, landscape architects prefer green walls that are pre-grown. Florasource Ltd. (San Clemente, California), an independent horticulture supply company and LiveWall distributor, provided 5,400 plants in the planter inserts so that the plants would be hearty and ready for installation into the modular planters in September 2016.

AECOM and Florasource selected 18 different varieties of plants. In order to create an authentic vertical landscape, they chose plant species that are native to the area, or which have aesthetic qualities similar to native plants. To minimize supplemental irrigation requirements, all the plants are appropriate for the climate. When mature, many of the selected species will grow large enough to cover much of the green wall components. The exact plant mixes for individual green wall sections account for variations in prevailing patterns of sun and shade around the arena.

Shade is valued, prized and beneficial in Sacramento because of the climate. The north side of the building is shaded. That section of green wall has shade tolerant plants, and that part of the plaza features honey locust trees for shade and shade-loving plants at grade. The plant palette for the green wall thus complements the plantings in the landscape to take advantage of the shade and increase the amount of shade, and the horizontal and vertical landscape elements harmonize.

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

On the west side the foothills terrace area of the plaza is full sun. The green wall there is planted with aromatic spices, including sage and rosemary. The plants create an appealing aromatic sense around and within the space. On the south side of L Street, the plaza is above the level of the street, and there is a retail area along that section of the street at the base of the building, another way to connect the arena and enliven it at street level. The plant mixes on those walls emphasize ferns and grasses.

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

“Sacramento is full of wonderful green spaces, and our three-acre public plaza that wraps the arena had to be one of them,” said Granger.

It is all coming together at Golden 1 Center. The tree canopies and plants are filling in. The green walls bring the landscape up from the plaza to the arena, and the green wall plants in the context of the Million Tree panel design make the arena come alive in unity with its surroundings.

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Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina


~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Golden 1 Center LiveWall is featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for March 13, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

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

Seven Green Walls Golden 1 Center Comes Alive Ponce Aquilina

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
StrategicStoryteller.com

Project of the Week for March 13, 2017: Golden 1 Center LiveWall

March 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/13/17

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Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, CA, USA
4,800 sq. ft. Greenwalls (7)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

As the world’s first indoor sports venue certified LEED Platinum, the Golden 1 Center is the brand new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, featuring seven sections of LiveWall® green walls. Designed by AECOM to be different from a typical sports arena unconnected from its surroundings and lifeless except on game days, the Golden 1 Center celebrates Sacramento’s climate and lifestyle. Its innovative indoor-outdoor design re-imagines how an arena can relate to the streetscapes and neighborhoods around it. Reflecting the region and connecting to the city, the living walls are a prominent feature of Golden 1 Center.

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

The inspired idea was to make the building look as if it rests on the green walls, rooting the arena in the landscape and extending it from the new plaza up to the walls of the arena itself. The design redefines how an arena’s footprint affects its environment and community and the green walls were a natural outgrowth of the King’s commitment to sustainability. As visitors walk into the arena, they see living bands of green that change with different sections displaying different plants based on the varying patterns of sun and shade around the building. Completed in September 2016, the seven sections of the Golden 1 Center green wall vary in dimensions and total 4,800 square feet and include 2,700 LiveWall modular planters in a custom platinum color. With a slope of about 10 degrees, they feature 18 different types of plants and 5,400 plants in total, watered with LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation. All flowering plants bloom in shades of purple, the Kings’ signature color. Publicly accessible, the green walls are visible from multiple vantage points around the arena. Whether installed indoors or outdoors, green walls are visually appealing and inviting, inspiring and healthful, and beneficial to the environment, and the green walls at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento enliven the exterior of the world’s greenest indoor sports and entertainment arena.

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Year: 2016
Owner: City of Sacramento
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4800 sq.ft.
Slope: 10 degrees
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect, Design, Engineer, Landscape Architect, and Urban Planner: AECOM
Arena Construction Manger: Turner Construction
Arena Project Manager: ICON Venue Group
Modular Greenwall System: LiveWall®
Plant Supplier and LiveWall Sales Representative: Tom Hawkins, GRP, Florasource Ltd.
Greenwall Installation: BrightView

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

View the Golden 1 Center 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 Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Golden 1 Center Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/13/17 video photos courtesy of LiveWall, AECOM, and the Golden 1 Center.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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

Greenroofs.com Press Release: New 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Website

March 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Greenroofs.com Press New 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Website

Alpharetta, GA USA (Greenroofs.com – March 9, 2017).  Greenroofs.com, the greenroof and greenwall industry’s resource and online information portal and producer of the biennial Virtual Summits, is excited to announce the new website release of their 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture ~ People, Projects & Design!

The 4th biennial web-based 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture will be held from April 9 – 30, and on demand through December, 2017.

Beautiful, bold graphics herald the new design with easy navigation. An Agenda packed with a provocative lineup of speakers and live streaming Q & As with speakers on Facebook Live promise to create an extraordinary global social media experience for learning and networking completely online during April, Earth Month.

Greenroofs.com Press New 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Website

Attendees can enjoy the Virtual Summit from their desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone or any streaming device.

For 2017 Greenroofs.com is thrilled to have these renowned luminaries as Keynotes:

Greenroofs.com Press New 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Website

  • Trailblazing green architect, graphic and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz, designer of the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation in Venice, among numerous others;
  • Noted botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc, PhD, inventor of the Vertical Garden, or Le Mur Végétal, whose over 250 biodiverse designs include the One Central Park in Sydney and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris;
  • Educational, affordable local food systems, and workforce development innovator Stephen Ritz, responsible for the new National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx and founder of the Green Bronx Machine;
  • Industry leader Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, with two decades of experience working within the building products and construction communities, with an emphasis on sustainable building impacts and high performance building envelope assemblies.

Explore current trends in living architecture, classroom food literacy, certified student workforce training, sustainable stormwater design, rooftop urban ag and more, from the micro-scale of dwellings to the macro-scale of cities. With easier and more socially interactive online platforms, Greenroofs.com invites you to attend and come network along with a host of fellow influencers from around the world, and bring your voice to the global table.

“Join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit on April 9th through the 30th – and on demand through December, 2017. Over 30 presenters from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Puerto Rico, UK, and the U.S. will inspire you to Discover, Network & Share.

Watch and learn about the latest projects and developments in vegetated building envelopes worldwide, and interact with avant-garde architects, landscape architects, designers, educators, and leaders of government who have captured the essence of living with nature.” ~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Founder/Publisher of Greenroofs.com & 2017 Virtual Summit Host

Greenroofs.com Press New 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Website

See all of the engaging video presenters on the Speakers page.

New for 2017

Attendees can watch all of the videos completely within the Virtual Summit website environment. And true to Greenroofs.com’s commitment to world-wide affordability and accessibility, the 2017 Virtual Summit Registration Fees are $50 for Professionals and $25 for Students/Faculty & Government, along with free registration to the Expo Pavilion Trade Show and Facebook Live events:

  • In order to increase brand awareness and further showcase our Partners, the Trade Show held in the Expo Pavilion will be free and accessible to everyone across the globe.
  • Participants are invited to join in the Facebook Live Q & A broadcast events over the Earth Day Weekend on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 21, 22 & 23, 2017. Live video streaming is a fun, engaging way to connect with followers and the audience.

Greenroofs.com Press New 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Website
Registration will be open soon, along with the release of the final agenda. Follow all the event updates using #virtualsummit2017 on Twitter.

Support our ground-breaking work by becoming our Partner as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, or Association/Media Partner, or as an attendee.

For more information, come visit virtual.greenroofs.com.

Greenroofs.com Press New 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Website

About the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:
Produced by Greenroofs.com, in addition to increasing awareness of our market and industry the Virtual Summit 2017 is an interactive platform for idea interchange through a combination of keynote speakers, expert panel sessions, individual & collaborative videos, and streaming Speaker Q&As on Facebook Live. Held previously in 2015, 2013 and 2011, our biennial Virtual Summits are unlike any other event in the industry – held completely online without any carbon footprint and drastically reducing the price of attending and participating. Paid registration is required to watch the current year’s Virtual Summit videos, but after approximately one year after each event, they all are made all freely available online.  At present, we have 110 archived videos on our Virtual Summit playlists on YouTube.

About Greenroofs.com:
Established in 1999, Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and the most comprehensive online resource for greenroofs, greenwalls and related fields promoting best practices in sustainability. Greenroofs.com’s Mission is as a catalyst for the growing green architecture industry and Earth’s connection to emerging trends of living architecture and nature-based infrastructure practices. We live in a blue-green world and represent an environmentally aware industry who protects our environment utilizing vegetated building envelope practices providing smart building solutions to our critical world issues of climate change, urban heat islands, renewable energies, stormwater management, CSO’s, water conservation, water & air pollution, flooding, wildlife habitat, urban greenspace, food security – and much more.

Updated daily, Greenroofs.com is the largest platform for greenroof and greenwall news online and is where diverse professionals find global projects in the international Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and products and services in the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory for their own projects.  

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Greenroofs.com, LLC.
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