Video & Project of the Week for November 23, 2015: Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof

November 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/23/15

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Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof
Cincinnati, OH, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The U.S.’s largest department store retailer, Macy’s was established in 1858 and is renowned for its annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in New York City since 1924. Macy’s Corporate Headquarters sits in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s urban core and the company strives for green department stores across the nation with sustainable renovations which are built to consume less energy whenever possible. When part of corporate headquarters needed renovation, an environmentally friendly option only made sense – the new Macy’s Habitat Green Roof is located on the 8th floor patio outside of the cafeteria. The American Hydrotech assembly will be used by its employees including the 1,000 sf “Go Green” garden where associates will plant vegetables and herbs which the chef will use in the cafeteria.

Designed by Rose Seeger of Green City Resources, specific selection of plant material for butterflies and pollinators was carefully planned along with seasonal progression of bloom to ensure there would be nectar and habitat all season. Many drought tolerant and native varieties were used to provide some type of seed, nectar, or cover for birds, bees and butterflies. Three large bubble boulders provide a water source for the habitat, also enjoyed by employees. Since Ohio is on the Monarch migration route, the Habitat Roof is a registered Monarch Waystation, providing nectar for adults and host plants for larvae. The green roof is also a registered Wildlife Habitat; pipes, logs, rocks and a mason bee house provide cover and encourage nesting of urban wildlife. A Cooper’s Hawk trapped in the parking garage was released onto the roof, and has been sighted back on occasion. The Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof is the first of its kind in downtown Cincinnati and Macy’s hopes to encourage more businesses and their employees to make small oases of habitat.

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Year: 2015
Owner: Macy’s, Inc.
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 16,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Green City Resources
Greenroof System and Manufacturer: American Hydrotech
Construction Manager: THP Limited, Inc.
Roofing Contractor: Structural Systems Repair Group
Paver Installation: Hicon, Inc.
Green Roof Installation: Green City Resources
Grower: Krueger Maddux
Irrigation Design: TriState Water Works

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Video & Project of the Week for October 19, 2015: Levi’s Stadium

October 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/19/15

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Levi’s® Stadium
Santa Clara, CA, USA
27,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Scheduled to host Super Bowl 50 next February 2016, Levi’s® Stadium is a $1.27 billion multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide range of events with seating for about 68,500 people, featuring 176 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. Fans attending San Francisco 49ers home games experience football in the most eco-friendly and sustainable LEED Gold certified facility in the league. State of the art technology is used throughout the stadium, and visitors may view a live dashboard display featuring current energy measurements, water and air monitors, and other dynamic green features as the building operates daily. Designed by HNTB, the iconic feature of the stadium is the massive 5-story Suite Tower on the west side, topped by the NRG Solar Terrace green roof.

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The installation of 1,186 solar panels on the canopy framework on the green roof and on three solar pedestrian bridges connecting the parking lot to the park generate 375 kW of power at Levi’s Stadium – as much renewable energy as it will consume on game days. And the NRG Solar Terrace green roof is an inviting space which can be booked for receptions and ceremonies. The 27,000 square foot American Hydrotech green roof contains 16 species of vegetation native to the Bay area for the concessionaires, who will utilize produce within local farm-to-table menus. 85 percent of the water used at the stadium is recycled, used for both potable and non-potable uses such as the playing field irrigation water.

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Publisher’s Note: Levi’s® Stadium is included in Greenroofs.com’s “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in the # 5 category “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues.”

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Year: 2014
Owner: Santa Clara Stadium Authority
Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 27,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff California Architects
General Contractor: Turner Devcon, A Joint Venture
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Solar Design & Installation: NRG Solar
Solar Design & Installation: SunPower Corp.

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GRHC Announces First Round of 13th Awards of Excellence Winners

September 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Announces 13th Awards of Excellence Winners: Celebrating Outstanding Contributions to the Green Roof and Wall Industry Across North America

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities just announced the first group of winners of its 2015 Awards of Excellence. Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board, shared the news on August 28, 2015 in the lead-up to CitiesAlive®: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference coming up in October in Brooklyn, NY.

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is proud to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these examples of excellence, and share them with attendees at CitiesAlive.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Read on from their Press Release:

“Awards in 4 categories recognizing accomplishments in research, policy development, advertising design, and corporate leadership were deliberated on and awarded to the most engaging projects and engaged individuals in the industry.

The Awards will be formally presented at CitiesAlive (October 5-8, 2015) at the Brooklyn Marriott on Wednesday, October 7th. This year’s conference theme is Resilient People, Communities and Places, featuring cutting-edge designs, new technical performance research, innovative policy work, a trade show with industry leaders, and informative professional training and tours.

2015 Awards of Excellence Winners

Civic Award:
Award Recipient: Kevin Shafer, P.E. – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Mr. Shafer has been instrumental in providing the regional leadership in implementing green infrastructure in MMSD facilities and on private property. This leadership has resulted in a new development approach by the communities and developers in the region. He also coordinated a $58 million long-range planning process that produced the most intensive water quality research ever for six Milwaukee area watersheds. Mr. Shafer has been critical to the success of the Greenseams program and the installation of rain-capturing projects. Additionally, under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff.

Research Award:
Award Recipient: Bill Retzlaff, PHD – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dr. Retzlaff has a BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry with a minor in plant phyisiology. He has Post-Doctoral experience in Horticulture, Viticulture, and Environmental Sciences. He is currently the research co-director of the St. Louis metropolitan area research collaboration (G.R.E.E.N. – Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network) based at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). His main areas of research interest include: evaluation of green roof and green wall technologies, sustainable green infrastructure, and sustainable use of residual waste products.

Advertising Design Award:
Award Recipient: Carlisle SynTec, Inc
Carlisle SynTec Systems has been the leader in the commercial single-ply roofing industry for more than 50 years. It continues to lead the roofing industry today by providing its customers with superior roofing systems and services through a select network of manufacturer’s representatives, distributors and applicators. Dedicated supporters of the Living Architecture Monitor, their ad-design communicate and exemplify their commitment to excellence. “After much deliberation Carlisle SynTec has won our first ever award of excellence for advertising design.” said Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board.

President’s Corporate Award:
Award Recipient: American Hydrotech, Inc
American Hydrotech was an early adopter of green roofs and has supported the development of the industry in numerous ways for more than a decade. American Hydrotech has developed many Awards of Excellence winning projects, supported the development of training programs that lead to the Green Roof Professional Accreditation Program, and has contributed to CitiesAlive and the Living Architecture Monitor magazine for years. Representatives has stood on the GRHC Board of Directors as the Technical Standards Issues Representative, and has worked diligently to address FM Global’s unjustifiable wind uplift standards and promote the use of better root repellency standard tests. “American Hydrotech has been a long standing supporter of the green roof industry and we wouldn’t be where we are without them.” said Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board.

The Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Brooklyn Marriott in New York City during CitiesAlive. Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information about the Awards (including photos and background materials). Visit www.citiesalive.org for conference, event, and media registration. For conference media passes contact Tracy Jackson at tjackson@greenroofs.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Peck, founder & president, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, speck@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 223.”

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Congratulations to this year’s first group of winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence from Greenroofs.com, in particular to our own Sponsors American Hydrotech and Carlisle SynTec, and former Contributing Editor, Dr. Bill Retzlaff!

Stay tuned for the second half announcing the design award winners and – see you in NYC?

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for February 2, 2015: Advocate Center – Chicago Bulls Training Facility

February 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/02/15

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Advocate Center – Chicago Bulls Training Facility
Chicago, IL, USA
11,300 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Seeking to upgrade amenities and provide Chicago Bulls players a more conveniently located practice facility, and with the recent expansion of the Bulls’ partnership with Advocate Health Care, the Advocate Center was constructed in September 2014. The $25 million practice facility and front-office headquarters is located on Madison Avenue, across the street from the United Center, the team’s home court since 1994. As both organizations share a passion for philanthropy, a significant component of the expanded partnership will be a focus on improving the community and helping those in need.

Designed by 360 Architecture (now HOK), the new 60,000 square foot Advocate Center, considered a “basketball palace” by some league officials, features state of the art weight training, other amenities for athletes, and a beautiful American Hydrotech green roof terrace – all while delivering eye-catching architecture and further development of the city’s gentrifying West Loop Corridor. The second floor of the Advocate Center features an 11,300 square foot green roof, boasting American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly (partially planted with Sempergreen pre-vegetated Sedum mats) and Ultimate Assembly® technology. More than 1,800 square feet of Hanover Architectural pavers and regional media were used to deliver sustainable benefits and on the spacious amenity deck. The Advocate Center is part of more than $400 million in public and private investment in Chicago’s Near West Side and promises to provide improved synergies for the team and further integrate them into the heart of the downtown community.

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Year: 2014
Owner: Chicago Professional Sports Limited Partnership
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size:
11,300 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: 360 Architecture (now HOK)
Contractor: McHugh Construction
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Extensive, American Hydrotech
Structural Engineering: Lochsa Engineering
Pavers: Hanover® Architectural Products
Pre-vegetated Mats: Moerings USA/Sempergreen
Installation Contractor: Christy Webber Landscaping
FRP Fiberglass Planters: Tournesol Siteworks

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