Supporting Native NYC Wildlife: Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

September 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival in NYC: native plants on the roof

Our colleagues at Kingsland Wildflowers are holding their second annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival atop their beautiful greenroof!  How many times times do you have an opportunity like this one to experience a living roof firsthand?

“The festival will celebrate the second season of our green roof and community engagement space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Visitors will explore three flourishing green roofs that have been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape.” ~ Kingsland Wildflowers

The Greenpoint, Brooklyn community project is committed to providing the neighborhood with living and growing infrastructure to support native New York City wildlife.  The project is also focused on developing educational programming in the space related to sustainable conservation practices and wildlife protection.

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Photo by Joanna Kim, courtesy of Marni Majorelle, Alive Structures.

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival Details

When?  Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 12pm-4pm

Where?  Broadway Stages, 520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222
– Greenpoint Ave., G Train (check weekend MTA schedules!)
– B24 Bus @ Greenpoint Ave / Kingsland Ave

What?  Rooftop festival.

Questions?  Email: info@kingslandwildflowers.com

Activities Include:

• Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts!
• Interactive activities for kids and families!
• Music, food, and beer from local breweries!
• Partner community organizations discussing local conservation projects!
• 360° panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens!

Funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

Have Fun, Explore & Learn

The Kingsland Wildflowers Festival invites local residents to explore the 22,000 square foot greenroof while adding an educational component with community organizations tabling and running activities to engage families and children.

Most importantly, the Festival offers access for many Brooklyn residents to learn about environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Photo by Joanna Kim, courtesy of Marni Majorelle, Alive Structures.

Who of us in the living architecture community wouldn’t love to be there?  Too bad I won’t be in NYC this weekend, but I hope you can attend!

For more information, visit www.kingslandwildflowers.com.

And, look for this stunning project soon as an upcoming Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

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Native NYC Wildlife Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Festival September 2017

Come to Brooklyn on Sept 24 for the Kingsland Wildflower Festival and the Grand Opening of a Green Rooftop!

September 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

If you live in the New York City area and love greenroofs, you should come to the Kingsland Wildflower Festival held this Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn from 11 am-3 pm.

Kingsland Wildflower Festival Greenroof Community Engagement Center Brooklyn

To be completed over three years, the total project encompasses over 20,000 square feet of vegetated roof space.  Expected to be completed in 2017, Kingsland Wildflowers has been growing their living roof project in phases and the Festival is in celebration of newly finished first 10,000 square feet of greenroof, Phase 1, as well as community engagement space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Kingsland Wildflowers project is the result of neighborhood partnerships between local businesses and community organizations committed to environmental sustainability and community development.

Kingsland Wildflower Festival Greenroof Community Engagement Center Brooklyn

Under construction, this central patio of bluestone will support a fountain that will provide water for visiting birds.

With funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, during the Kingsland Wildflower Festival the public will be able to enjoy interactive activities for folks of all ages and:

“…explore three roofs that have been planted with a combination of native grasses and wild flowers while enjoying panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Newtown Creek.

The event will also offer the chance for visitors to engage with partner organizations working on green infrastructure and environmental sustainability programs in North Brooklyn. There will be food, beer and music as well as activities and learning opportunities for children and families.” ~ Kingsland Wildflowers

Kingsland Wildflower Festival Greenroof Community Engagement Center Brooklyn

The completed central patio in good use by young visitors to the Kingsland Wildflower greenroof!

Event Details:

Where?  520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
When?  11 am-3 pm
What?  Roof tours, wildlife experts, plant experts, music, food, drink, activities for children and families
Questions?  Contact: Project Coordinator, Niki Jackson @ nimjacks@gmail.com

Kingsland Wildflowers is a Greenpoint community project committed to expanding natural habitat and green corridors native to the New York City landscape. The vision, conceived through partnerships between property owner Broadway Stages, wildlife experts at New York City Audubon, Greenpoint local landscaping company Alive Structures and other community partners, will provide the neighborhood with living and growing infrastructure to support native New York City wildlife. The project also has a specific focus on developing educational programming in the space related to sustainable conservation practices and wildlife protection.

“The Kingsland Wildflower roof will provide a green corridor of native grass and flower habitat for NYC’s bird and insect populations.” ~ Marni Majorelle, founder and owner of Alive Structures and Kingsland Wildflowers partner

Kingsland Wildflower Festival Greenroof Community Engagement Center Brooklyn

This sounds like a wonderful community project – what a great way to spend a lovely day!

For more information, visit www.kingslandwildflowers.com.

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

Project of the Week for June 6, 2016: Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3

June 6, 2016 at 8:01 am

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/06/16

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Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3
Brooklyn, New York, USA
65,000 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Brooklyn Grange is a privately owned and sustainably operated enterprise, and the U.S.’s leading soil-based rooftop farming and intensive greenroofing business. Community oriented, they host weekly open houses in season and feel the green space contributes to the overall health and quality of life, bringing people together through green business and around good food with their wholesale, retail, and CSA members. Their goal is to put more farms on roofs throughout New York and beyond, and grow more food, train and employ more farmers.  Brooklyn Grange’s second farm, located atop Building No. 3 at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a massive 65,000 square foot roof towering twelve stories over the East River. Most of the financing was granted by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative, and Farm #2 manages over one million gallons of stormwater each year.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

Installed in 2012, the farm is covered in 10-12″ of rooflite Intensive Ag blend, rooflite drain granular drainage layer, and the Carlisle Roof Garden system by Carlisle SynTec. Brooklyn Grange’s second farm increased the business’ annual yield to 50,000 pounds of fresh produce between their two locations and created many new green jobs. The farm cultivates row crops such as leafy greens, aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and peppers April through November, and sows cover crops, such as clover and oats in winter months to prevent soil erosion and replenish vital nutrients. The Brooklyn Navy Yard farm is also home to many of the 30+ hives comprising Brooklyn Grange’s Apiary. They also host a robust events program here, with guests participating in yoga sessions or just enjoying a cocktail and some canapés overlooking the skyline at sunset. They partner with numerous non-profit and community organizations to extend the positive impact of the farm, including City Growers, a non-profit education program based on their rooftop farms. Brooklyn Grange’s Rooftop Farm #2 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a win-win-win, reducing stormwater runoff, creating local jobs, and providing access to fresh produce for the community.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

Year: 2012
Owner: Lessor – Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 65000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

President/Head Farmer: Ben Flanner, Brooklyn Grange
Greenroof System: Carlisle Roof Garden by Carlisle SynTec
Growing Media & Drainage: rooflite intensive ag and rooflite drain granular drainage layer, rooflite®
Roofing Contractor: Marfi Contracting Corp
Pneumatic Placement: Downes Forest Products

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

Project of the Week Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

View the 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 Brooklyn Grange Farm #2 Navy Yard

NOTE: The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business,” Avery, April 5, 2016 is available for purchase by Anastasia Cole Plakias, vice president and founding partner of Brooklyn Grange. Read my April 27, 2016 Recommended Readings review on Greenroofs.com.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3 Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Project of the Week for May 16, 2016: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

May 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm
Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Visitor Center aerial shot at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by © Albert Vecerka-ESTO. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Click to learn more in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/16/16

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center
Brooklyn, New York, USA
9,690 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Founded in 1910, the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Embedded into an existing hillside in its northeast corner, the new LEED Gold certified Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center offers an exciting and innovative gateway into the garden. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi, the $28-million Visitor Center is a model of energy-efficient design, including earth-sheltered construction, a geoexchange system for heating and cooling, fritted-glass walls, and a striking undulating green roof. Seamlessly melding architecture and landscape, the 20,000-square-foot sinuous glass building has dual roofs: pleated copper on top of the gift shop on the east side, which will eventually oxidize to a greenish patina, and the leaf-shaped living roof on the west.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

The serpentine form of the living roof hosts over 40,000 plants, supplied by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, in a richly textured variety of grasses, flowering perennials, and bulbs, including a number of native species. Thriving in all seasons, the biodiverse green roof attracts a variety of birds and pollinators. The slope is a prominent visual element of the site, pitched from 4 to 27 degrees, including a peak in the roof’s center. Roofmeadow designed the green roof profile and the slope stabilization system. Roofmeadow and Sika Sarnafil (the waterproofing provider), are warranting the assembly for a period of 20 years. As a condition of the warranty New York Green Roofs, who also installed the green roof, is maintaining the roofscape. Landscape architecture firm HM White Site Architects incorporated the green roof into the site’s stormwater management strategy and the vegetated roof is expected to harvest almost 200,000 gallons of water each year. The multi-award winning Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is an inspired example of innovative and sustainable design with its engaging exhibits, enhanced visitor amenities, and gracious event space.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Year: 2011
Owner: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 9,690 sq.ft.
Slope: 21%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Photo ©Albert Vecerka Esto, Courtesy of Roofmeadow.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism: WEISS/MANFREDI
Landscape Architect:
HM White Site Architects
Construction:
EW Howell General Contractor
Green Roof System Provider and Designer:
Roofmeadow
Waterproofing Manufacturer:
Sika Sarnafil
Growing Media:
Stancills
Pant Supplier:
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens
Greenroof Installer & Maintenance:
New York Green Roofs
Irrigation:
New York Green Roofs
Post Construction Maintenance Management:
Roofmeadow

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Photo ©Albert Vecerka Esto, Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

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Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Publisher