Greenroofs.com Project of the Week June 5, 2017: California Academy of Sciences Living Roof

June 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/05/17
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California Academy of Sciences Living Roof*
San Francisco, CA, USA
197,000 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Situated in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the world’s first and largest double LEED Platinum museum, the California Academy of Sciences boasts exhibition space, education, conservation and research beneath one large greenroof. The CAS was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop along with a slew of other professionals. A single building beneath the new 2.5-acre living roof houses Academy components that once stretched across 12 structures including the Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum and Steinhart Aquarium.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Rana Creek Living Architecture worked with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Chong and Partners Architecture, SWA Group, ARUP, and the Academy to design the living roof with seven dramatic hills and four steeply sloped domes, replicating the surrounding rolling hills. Dotted with circular skylights fitted with heat sensors, the skylights can open to further cool the building when needed.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

The undulating living roof sits 35 feet in the air and is planted with over 50 native wildflowers and other species. An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants. With slopes up to 60 degrees, a biodegradable modular system was developed (later purchased by Tremco), and 50,000 biodegradable modular BioTrays™ were planted. The Garden Roof® Assembly, Ultimate Assembly®, and waterproofing were supplied by American Hydrotech. Surrounded by 60,000 photovoltaic cells, up to 10% of energy needs are supplied and it prevents the release of more than 405,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The BioTrays keep interior temperatures about 10° F cooler, reduce low frequency noise by 40 dB, decrease the ambient Urban Heat Island effect being 40° cooler, and absorb about 98% of stormwater, preventing up to 3.6 million gallons of runoff per year. A masterpiece of sustainable architecture, blending seamlessly into its setting while employing a wide variety of innovative features and operations to minimize its footprint, the California Academy of Sciences and its Living Roof is the “greenest museum in the world.”

Publisher’s Note: The California Academy of Sciences is a featured project at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in “The Design of Green Roofs in the Urban Public Realm” video by John L. Wong, FASLA, FAAR, SWA Managing Principal and Chairman and “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Year: 2007
Owner: California Academy of Sciences
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 197000 sq.ft.
Slope: varies – 65%
Access: Inaccessible except for the open-air observation terrace, Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Consultant: Rana Creek Living Architecture
Ecological Consultant: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Stantec Architecture
Architect: Chong Partners Architecture
Engineering and Sustainability Consulting: Arup
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
General Contractor: Webcor Builders
Garden Roof® Assembly, Ultimate Assembly®, Waterproofing: American Hydrotech
Building Envelope Design Consultant – Waterproofing Design: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Senior Curator of Botany: Frank Almeda, California Academy of Sciences
Modular Greenroof System: BioTray™ by Tremco
Project Management Services: San Francisco Public Works
Landscape Contractor: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractor

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

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Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/05/17 video photos courtesy of SWA Group by Tom Fox; graphic by Renzo Piano Building Workshop; California Academy of Sciences including the black and white original CAS photo from the California Academy of Sciences; Golden Gate Park; California Academy of Sciences pano.jpg By WolfmanSF – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; The Academy of Sciences (5956927082).jpg By torbakhopper – FlickrUploaded by Fæ, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons; CA Academy of Sciences Living Roof 1.JPG By BrokenSphere – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Music Concourse from California Academy of Sciences roof Panorama.jpg Original photos taken by: Joe Mabel, panorama created by: Tango22, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; and California Academy of Sciences Indoor Rainforest.jpg By TheDailyNathan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Project of the Week for January 16, 2017: CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

January 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

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CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care
Philadelphia, PA, USA
145,000 sf. Greenroofs & Below Grade Parking Garage (On Structure Greenroof)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, was founded in 1855 as the U.S.’s first pediatric hospital. Built in 2015 and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, FKP as Architect of Record, and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the LEED Silver Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at CHOP revolutionizes care for children, standing as the nation’s most state-of-the-art facility for outpatient medicine. The curving, colorful exterior is stacked to create an undulating, playful form and features two intensive greenroofs: the 3-acre Buerger Plaza garden at ground level (with a five-level underground parking garage below), and an innovative new multi-purpose rooftop garden crowning the six-story wing that provides therapeutic activities and a respite from the hospital. In addition, small structures on both the Plaza and the Sixth Floor are topped with extensive greenroofs.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Turner Construction performed one of the largest excavations of its kind in the city and built the largest green roof in Philadelphia, the sprawling 3-acre landscaped plaza. With all waterproofing by American Hydrotech, the greenroof plaza incorporates 166 trees, over 3,600 shrubs and 16,000 flowering perennials as well as four separate water fountains and informal lawns. Roofmeadow designed the profiles for both the Plaza and the Sixth Floor with assemblies ranging from 7.00 – 53.00 inches of media and sub-surface irrigation. This garden provides horticultural therapy within its winding paths, large shade trees, and meadows. In addition to its colorful vegetation, amenities include seating, a pergola, and playful fountain. All greenroofs were created using rooflite® green roof growing media. Approximately 6,700 cubic yards were used in total between three products to mimic and improve upon natural soil horizons: rooflite Intensive; rooflite Intensive Base; and rooflite Drain. Providing a stunning addition to the skyline of west Philadelphia, the CHOP Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care is a perfect example of combining various types of greenroofs to create a varied and lush urban landscape above structure while offering a positive and holistic medical experience.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Year: 2015
Owner: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Intensive & Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 145000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Plaza – Accessible, Open to Public; Six Floor – Accessible, Open to Patients and Staff Only

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect, Building Exterior and Public Spaces: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Architect of Record, Medical Planning and Clinical Interiors: FKP Architects
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Waterproofing: American Hydrotech
Growing Media: rooflite®
Greenroof System Designer: Roofmeadow
Landscape Contractor: Sean’s Landscaping, Inc.
Graphics & Wayfinding, and Interior Design: Stanley Beaman & Sears

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

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Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

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Project of the Week for October 31, 2016: ASLA Headquarters

October 31, 2016 at 10:47 am

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/31/16

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ASLA Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
3,000 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

In 2006, the American Society of Landscape Architects demonstrated their commitment to sustainable design by incorporating a greenroof atop their Washington, DC Headquarters. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates led the design process, collaborating with Conservation Design Forum to develop the design and specifications for the approximately 3,000 square-foot roof surface. The plan was to create a landmark demonstration project, and a primary focus was to make greenroofs more mainstream and demonstrate that landscape architects play a central role in green roof design and construction.

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

The ASLA roof contains six distinct greenroof conditions, representing extensive, semi intensive, and intensive systems ranging in growing media depths of 3 to 21 inches. North and south “waves” dominate the design, with a central viewing platform with seating areas for the public, and a stairwell structure. The American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly was chosen for the greenroof system, and to effectively confine and stabilize the growing media on the sloped waves, GardNet™ was installed. With plants and consulting provided by Emory Knoll Farms, the plant palette has evolved over the years. The South Wave now consists mostly of sedum and Prickly Pear cactus and the North Wave is covered with 50% sedum, with thread-leaf tickseeds, chives, nodding onions, black-eyed Susans, Virginia wild rye, silver king, and butterfly milkweed. Fragrant sumacs cover the new staircase, and sedums grow profusely under the grates.  Monitored from July 2006 to May 2007, the living roof prevented 27,500 gallons of stormwater – or 77% of all precipitation – from flowing into D.C.’s overburdened sewer system, and it continues to keep the roof temperature as much as 43.5 degrees F cooler than neighboring conventional black roofs in the summer as well as reducing building energy use by 10% over the winter.

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Year: 2006
Owner: American Society of Landscape Architects
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3000 sq.ft.
Slope: 30%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Prime Consultant / Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Project Manager: Chris Counts, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.
Green Roof Consultant: Conservation Design Forum, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, PC
Architect: DMJM
Plant Supplier & Consultant: Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Roof Contractor/Plant Installation: TectaAmerica/Magco
Edging & Drains: Green Roof Products/St. Louis Metalworks
Lighting Design: Outdoor Illumination
General Contractor: Forrester Construction Company
Architectural Services: Gensler

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

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Project of the Week for March 21, 2016: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Hardin Visitors Center

March 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/21/16

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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Hardin Visitors Center
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
4,500 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Project of the Week Description & Details

Comprising 30 acres, the mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment, composed of a number of smaller themed indoor and outdoor gardens. Completed in the spring of 2010, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Green Expansion Plan was a large-scale expansion project which doubled the size of the Garden while modernizing them at the same time. A number of new facilities constructed include the 600-foot-long Kendeda Canopy Walk providing visitors a journey through the treetops of Storza Woods, the Edible Garden featuring an outdoor kitchen and greenwall with a wide variety of flowering herbs, and the LEED Gold Allen and Gail Hardin Visitors Center. Now facing Piedmont Park, the Visitor Center provides a beautiful new entry experience for visitors and both extensive and intensive greenroofs cover nearly half of its roof area.

EDAW (now AECOM) provided landscape design for the new entrance, LEED Gold SAGE parking deck, and Visitor Center. The Garden Roof Assembly from American Hydrotech was specified, using Stalite PermaTill® growing media. The two inaccessible extensive greenroofs can be seen from the second level balcony, and visitors can walk out onto the intensive greenroof outside which meets grade on the upper level and stroll the paths. Providing additional garden area for visitors and even new wildlife habitat, a wide variety of shrubs, grasses, trees, and perennials were designed to provide color and interest in all seasons, and informational signage pertaining to the greenroofs can be found here as well. Runoff is filtered and an underground 100,000-gallon water cistern harvests stormwater from the seven-acre watershed and provides irrigation for 40% of the new gardens.

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Year: 2009
Owner: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Non-Profit
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Jova/Daniels/Busby
General Contractor: Hardin Construction Company
Project Manager: Silverman Construction Program Management
Landscape Architect: EDAW
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Growing Media: Stalite PermaTill®
Growing Media Supplier: ItSaul Natural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
Windows and Curtain Wall: Kawneer

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

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