Greenwalls & Greenroof Project of the Week for November 25, 2013: Grand Rapids Downtown Market

November 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/25/13

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market Living Walls & Green Roof
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

832 sq. ft. Living Walls & 4,800 sq. ft. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The $30 million development Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. The founders had a vision for a green facility which reflected their commitment to local, sustainable products. As the first LEED-intended green market in the U.S., the design team carefully chose products which met the green building standards.

First, a LiveWall system totaling 832 square feet was installed this past May on three separate sections of the exterior brick walls planted with hardy colorful perennials, enhancing sustainability and drawing the attention of passersby. In keeping with the Downtown Market values, the LiveRoof team followed with a green roof in June, establishing a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that covers the rooftop with seamless vegetation. Publicly accessible, it provides a relaxing space for visitors and staff and features three patterned plant mixes of yellow, green and pink, and red and purple.

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Owner: Downtown Market Inc.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 832 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%

Type: Extensive Greenroof
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4800 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Hugh A. Boyd, Architect
General Contractor: Pioneer Construction
Greenwall System:
LiveWall, LLC.
Living Wall Plant Palette & Layout Design:
Pete Lazdins and Michelle Hoffner, ProgressiveAE
Green Wall Supplier:
LiveWall, LLC.
Greenroof System:
LiveRoof, LLC.
Greenroof Supplier:
LiveRoof, LLC.
Green Roof Installation:
Modern Roofing

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Greenroof Project of the Week for November 18, 2013: International Monetary Fund (IMF) HQ #2

November 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/18/13

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) HQ #2
Washington, DC, USA
28,374 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), also known as the world’s bank, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has two buildings across the street from one another, Headquarters 1 and Headquarters 2. In 2009, IMF’s Headquarters #2 became LEED Gold certified, and in 2013 HQ2 achieved LEED Platinum Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance. Employing new Barrett Ram Tough 250 rubberized asphalt, Barrett Company provided a 20 year Vegetative Roofing System warranty for both greenroof projects.

At the HQ2 Building, although the green roof itself is inaccessible, employees and visitors may enjoy the scenic overlook from a patio area with tables and chairs. The existing roofing system was a hot applied rubberized asphalt membrane installed just a few years ago, but realizing the strong need for greenroofs in the Capitol District, the IMF decided to convert the existing ballasted assembly to a greenroofing system. The new and old membrane system was covered with a 4 inch deep extensive green roofing system with 5 species of sedum using pre-vegetated sedum mats from Moerings Sempergreen.

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Year: 2012
Owner: International Monetary Fund
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 28,374 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect for the Project: OPX
Roofing/Waterproofing Consultant: G. Blake Giddens, P.E., Project Engineer, Restoration Engineering, Inc.
General Contractor: Jones Long LaSalle
Waterproofing & Green-Roofscapes® Supplier & Technical Consultant: Barrett Company
Waterproofing Applicator: James R. Walls Contracting Co.
Landscape Installation: Tilson Group
Soil Supplier: J. K. Enterprises
Pre-vegetated Sedum Mats: Moerings Sempergreen

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Greenroof Project of the Week for October 21, 2013: California Academy of Sciences, The Osher Living Roof

October 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/21/13

California Academy of Sciences,
The Osher Living Roof
San Francisco, CA, USA

197,000 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

In the heart of one of the country’s largest urban parks, the award-winning LEED Platinum California Academy of Sciences stands proudly as a green museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Its 2.5-acre undulating Osher Living Roof sits 35 feet in the air planted with a variety of native wildflowers and other species. The mounds on the roof are dotted with circular skylights fitted with heat sensors, and the skylights open to further cool the building when a certain temperature is reached. The planted area is surrounded by 60,000 photovoltaic cells that supply 5 to 10 percent of the academy’s energy needs and prevent the release of more than 405,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Rana Creek Living Architecture worked with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Chong and Partners Architecture, SWA Group, ARUP Engineering, and the Academy to design the living roof that covers the vegetated roof with seven dramatic hills of four steeply (almost 60 degrees) sloped domes – replicating the surrounding rolling hills. An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants.

Year: 2007
Owner: California Academy of Sciences
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 197,000 sq. ft
Slope: 65%
Access: Inaccessible, By Appointment

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Architect: Chong Partners Architecture
Engineering and Sustainability Consulting: Arup
Landscape Architecture: SWA Group
Greenroof Consultant: Rana Creek Living Architecture
Ecological Consultant: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek
General Contractor: Webcor Builders
Waterproofing: American Hydrotech
Building Envelope Design Consultant – Waterproofing Design: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Modular Greenroof System: BioTray™ by Tremco
Senior Curator of Botany: Frank Almeda, California Academy of Sciences

Photos courtesy of Tom Fox, SWA Group.

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