Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening with LiveWall by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

November 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Outdoor LiveWall Installation Creates a Vertical Garden Growing Fresh Vegetables and Herbs to Promote Living Walls for Urban Horticulture

Photos Courtesy of Phipps and LiveWall®

Founded in 1893, the LEED Silver (2006) Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a local landmark in Pittsburgh, Pa. and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Phipps has been Pittsburgh’s green oasis for more than 120 years. Nearly half a million people visit annually. Historically, Phipps has excelled at showcasing the beauty of plants.

Today, the conservatory is a green leader among public gardens — recognized for its leadership and commitment to sustainability including environmental conservation, renewable energy, green building design, and healthy living. Their latest innovation in green leadership is the installation of LiveWall Green Walls.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps offers a variety of adult and youth programs, classes and events to educate guests about the benefits of sustainable gardening, raised-bed vegetable gardening, local food production, and healthy eating. In addition, Phipps sponsors Homegrown, an outreach program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families.

Since 2013, the program has established more than 200 vegetable gardens in urban and underserved neighborhoods.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

The Phipps Production Greenhouse before greening. Photo © Lofty Views.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

However, space limitations for garden plots can be a challenge for urban gardening. That is why Richard V. Piacentini, executive director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, encouraged the organization to explore green walls as a space-saving alternative.

“Growing vegetables and herbs on its green wall display is an innovative way for Phipps to demonstrate how families and community groups can grow their own fresh, healthy produce on vertical gardens if they do not have room for large garden plots,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of LiveWall.

Testing Green Wall Options

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Starting in 2015, Phipps tested LiveWall Inspire Living Wall Panels alongside several other living wall systems on the south-facing wall of its Production Greenhouse Facility. Standardized Inspire panels are 4-feet wide and 7-feet, four inches tall. Each has 24 molded plastic modular planter boxes.

“The other options we evaluated all had shortcomings,” said Michael Bechtel, display horticulturist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

“With just small pockets of growing medium, some of the other green walls dried out too fast on the sunny, south-facing wall. Others have plastic parts that did not withstand the hot summer sun and started to crack and snap off. In addition, with all the other green walls we tested, we had to water the plants by hand.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

According to Bechtel, LiveWall Inspire proved to be the system of choice because of its soil volume and depth for growing and sustaining plants on the sun-drenched wall, the strength and durability of its materials and components, and its integrated spray irrigation.

“It is most professional and well-designed system. The others just did not seem like they could hold up and scale up to the size of the vertical garden we wanted across the length of the Production Greenhouse Facility,” said Bechtel. “With its car bumper grade recycled plastic, the LiveWall planter modules are strong and durable.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Inspire Living Wall Panels are pre-assembled green wall frames. They include vertical furring tracks that attach to the building wall and establish air space between the wall and the panels for ventilation. Rows of aluminum rails, which serve as conduits bringing water to each planter box, run horizontally across the tracks.

LiveWall molded plastic modular planter boxes then fit into place and are fastened onto the rails. Separate liner inserts, plant containers with growing medium and pre-grown plants, drop into the planter boxes. For outdoor installations, the system uses precisely metered spray nozzles for irrigation to water plants much like natural rain.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

After completing initial testing in 2015, Phipps installed nine more Inspire standard panels in 2016. In the spring, beets, carrots, collard greens, kale, and kohlrabi grow in the vertical garden. Summer plantings include basil, rosemary, thyme, celery root, and various peppers.

Lessons Learned

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Bechtel advises giving careful consideration to the growing medium selected for vertical gardening on living walls. In 2016, he experimented with a potting soil for the growing medium that was too lumpy and porous. Water flowed through too quickly. Switching to a different growing medium with better water retention qualities was a substantial improvement.

He and his colleagues have also experimented with various organic fertilizers. They found a slow-release granular product, which applied every two to three weeks during the growing season yields impressive growth.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Bechtel also has a supply of extra inserts for the LiveWall modules. He uses them to start plants in the greenhouse. Being able to easily swap the inserts in and out of the planter boxes on the wall is especially useful for transitioning from spring to summer plants as well as for preparing the living wall for winter.

The Fruits of the Garden

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

“With our green walls, we have the opportunity to study, evaluate and learn about growing edibles on space-efficient vertical gardens, said Bechtel.

“It is a forward-thinking approach that enables us to offer education and assistance to homeowners, schools and community organizations on planning, installing and maintaining their own green walls so that they can benefit from fresh produce.”

A visit to Phipps to see the green walls can be tasty as well as inspiring. Guests can see vegetables and herbs growing organically on the green walls and then taste them in delicious dishes served at Café Phipps, named by Food & Wine magazine as a “Best Museum Restaurant.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

The living walls with a view towards the Center for Sustainable Living. Photo by Michael Tessler.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

  ~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls are featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for November 20, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

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

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

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
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Green Walls Extend a Green Welcome to Restaurant’s Guests by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

July 10, 2017 at 1:59 am

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

LiveWall® Green Walls at Brome Burgers & Shakes in Dearborn, Michigan Express the Brome Brand, Bringing its Commitment to Sustainability to Life

Photos Courtesy of LiveWall® and Brome Burgers & Shakes

Attached to an existing wall or freestanding, erected indoors or outdoors, green walls transform unadorned walls into vertical gardens. Restaurants, hotels and resorts are finding that green walls can boost their brands and help build business.

“Indoor green walls make interior spaces more appealing and relaxing and improve indoor air quality,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of Hortech, Inc. (Spring Lake, Michigan) and LiveWall, its eco-friendly green wall subsidiary.

“As an element of design, they can serve as living representations of a commitment to sustainability.”

A special location

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Brome Burgers & Shakes opened in 2015. Brome’s is winning a loyal following for their ethically sourced, creatively prepared, simply delicious, and reasonably priced food.

“We are all about sustainability, green living, wholesome food, and self-awareness about the environmental impact of our choices,” said Sam Abbas, founder, Brome Burgers & Shakes.

“We want everyone who visits our restaurant to experience the core values of our brand in every aspect of our operations.”

Brome’s commitment is evident in the restaurant’s location. Abbas chose to refurbish a corner building that was constructed as a retail store.

“Every decision we made about the project reflects our responsibility to the environment,” he said.

“We hope to inspire our customers, suppliers, contractors and competitors to appreciate the values that inspire us and express them in the ways they live, do business, cultivate food, and enjoy it.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

An adaptive re-use design developed by the Hallarsan Group (Detroit, Michigan) renovated the long vacant 3,700-square-foot space and created a modern, open, light-filled restaurant.

The sustainable design preserved the cedar trusses of the original 15-foot-high ceilings.

During construction, the original concrete floors were revealed and refurbished. The tables were custom fabricated out of reclaimed wood from dilapidated structures in Detroit, and much of the furniture was sourced locally.

The idea of using green walls as a focal point of the interior was developed during a design brainstorming session.

The green walls stand out

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Completed in June 2015, the Brome Burgers & Shakes green wall installation is one of the most prominent design elements in the restaurant.

The green wall took a large, blank wall area that would have otherwise just been painted or wallpapered and brought it to life.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Plant Palette

The installation totals 309 square feet, divided in two sections each 16 feet long by 9 feet 10 inches high. A mix of six different tropical plants, selected because they thrive indoors, grow on the wall.

The plant palette features Pothos, Epimedium, and Tradescantia Red.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

In addition to the featured green walls, the interior includes a front window planter. Its greenery is reflected in the glass top of the adjoining counter, which has eight seats.

System selection, installation

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Before all of the different plants were installed.

Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc. (Wixom, Michigan), which has provided commercial and residential landscape construction and maintenance in Southeast Michigan for more than 38 years, recommended, sold, installed, and maintains the LiveWall green walls.

They won a Gold Award for Creative Landscape – Green Initiatives from the Michigan Green Industry Association for the project.

“We got into green wall installation and maintenance as a way to grow our business,” said Marcy Bell, president, Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc.

“I did our research on the market for living architecture and on various green wall systems. We decided to go with LiveWall. It is the most complete system, the best engineered and the most hospitable to plants.”

Bell’s introduced LiveWall to Abbas. He then did his own due diligence on alternative systems.

He agreed that LiveWall’s design and ease of maintenance made it a good choice.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Mike Bell, chief executive officer, Bell’s Landscape Services, commented that the system is well designed and assembles part by part in a logical fashion following the installation process explained in the installation guide and schematics.

The first step is installation of the vertical strips that mount to the building wall and to which the other components are attached. The vertical strips also establish the necessary air space between the wall and the system.

Next, horizontal aluminum rails with conduits for the tubes bringing water to the integrated irrigation system, are mounted to the vertical strips.

For indoor installations, LiveWall uses drip stake assemblies, which inject water into the growing medium. Molded plastic modular planter boxes fit into place on the rails.

Finally, separate liner inserts which have been pre-planted slide into the planter boxes.

“Maintenance is straight forward,” said Mike Bell.

“Every six weeks, we clean out any die-back, trim the plants (especially the ones in the lower rows of the modular planters), check soil moisture, and inspect and adjust irrigation.”

Results and reactions

“The green walls propel our brand forward,” said Abbas.

“They create an atmosphere in which it becomes more than serving and enjoying great burgers and shakes but also about making a positive impact on everyone’s lives.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

People in Michigan appreciate green spaces that bring nature to them. When people step into Brome Burgers & Shakes they receive a “green” welcome even on cold, grey days.

“We see the positive response every day,” said Abbas.

“Customers at tables beneath the green walls taking selfies, posting photos on Facebook, Snapchatting with friends as they enjoy their food.

The green walls are a focal point.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Abbas has plans to expand, growing Brome Burgers & Shakes to ten locations in Michigan and then on to Chicago.

“We plan to integrate green wall systems into all our future locations.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina


~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls are featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for July 10, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests 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

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests 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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week July 10, 2017: Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls

July 10, 2017 at 1:46 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/10/17

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Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls
Dearborn, MI, USA
309 sq. ft. Greenwalls

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Two living walls of cascading, soft tropical plants, floor-to-ceiling windows and clean, white subway tile set the stage for Brome Burgers & Shakes. The fresh-causal restaurant, open since fall 2015, offers ethically-sourced, 100 percent organic, grass-fed beef burgers and other creative non-GMO-certified American cuisine. Set in downtown Dearborn, Michigan on bustling Michigan Avenue among shops, bars and eateries, Brome pledges sustainable business practices that increase efficiency and reduce waste.

An adaptive re-use design developed by Hallarsan Group, cedar trusses were preserved from the original 15-foot-high ceilings and shelves are made from wood that was pulled from the Dearborn railroads when the Dearborn Amtrak Station was being renovated. The two interior LiveWall® green walls bring a sense of the outdoors indoors. Founder Sam Abbas says, “The green walls took a plain surface and brought it to life. They make the restaurant more inviting while expressing our commitment to sustainability.”

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

The Brome Burgers & Shakes green wall installation has two sections, each 16 feet long and 9 feet 10 inches high. In total, there are 168 16-inch sage-colored LiveWall modular planters with integrated irrigation and a mix of six tropical plants including Pothos, ‘Devil’s Ivy’, ‘Bishop’s Hat’ and Red Wandering Jew. Bell’s Landscape Services recommended, sold, installed, and maintains the LiveWalls. The living walls of cooling green and reddish plants are front and center within the airy, publicly accessible dining room and are highly visible throughout the restaurant.

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Brome Burgers & Shakes is growing to ten locations in Michigan and may expand into Chicago. According to Abbas, all locations will feature green walls. He also feels the green walls propel their brand forward, creating an atmosphere in which it becomes more than serving and enjoying great burgers and shakes but also about making a positive impact on everyone’s lives.

Publisher’s Note: Read the July 10, 2017 Guest Feature Green Walls Extend a Green Welcome to Restaurant’s Guests by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

Year: 2015
Owner: Sam Abbas
Location: Dearborn, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 309 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Restaurant Adaptive Re-use Design: Hallarsan Group
Modular Greenwall System: LiveWall Indoor
Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Brome Burgers Shakes Green Walls

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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