Video & Project of the Week for August 3, 2015: LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park

August 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm Project of the Week: 8/03/15


LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY, USA
44,329 sf. Greenroofs


Project Description & Details

In the nineteenth century, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux designed the 585-acre Prospect Park, one of Brooklyn’s most treasured destinations for relaxation and recreation and a national landmark. Designed by noted architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, in collaboration with the Alliance’s acclaimed landscape architect Christian Zimmerman, the 75,000 sf LEED Gold certified Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides seasonal ice skating, roller skating, biking, boating, and water play. Designed by Roofmeadow, the recreation facility boasts a 24,601 sf extensive green roof and a 19,728 sf intensive green roof, and has earned the 2015 AIA Institute of Honor Award for Architecture.

A 23-foot high canopy on the LeFrak Center supports the extensive sedum green roof from Moerings USA / Sempergreen® above and a whirlwind of activity below including ice skating in the winter and roller skating in the warm seasons. The concession buildings are buried in the land and covered by the landscape on structure green roofs which connect to each other, the existing pathways, and the highly variable landscape grades, allowing the structures to blend into the park landscape. The intensive green roof footpaths approaching from the east and north ascend gradually and imperceptibly over the top of the 20,000 square-foot complex, eventually ending at an overlook of the facility and the scenic Prospect Park Lake beyond. An innovative stormwater collection strategy and 15,000 gallon rainwater retention cistern result in zero rainwater runoff from the intensive green roof areas, with no potable water used to irrigate the green roofs. The combined green roofs prevent over 900,000 gallons of rainwater from entering the sewer each year, and this eight-acre redevelopment project is a national model for integrating cutting edge sustainable design into a historic park.

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Year: 2013
Owner: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and Prospect Park Alliance
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 44,329 sq.ft.
Slope: 1-30%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Andy Kim, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Design Firm/Green Roof Designer: Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow
Landscape Architect: Christian Zimmerman, Prospect Park Alliance
Civil Engineer: Stantec Consulting – New York
Civil Engineer (Rainwater Harvesting): Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
General Contractor: Sciame Construction Co.
Green Roof Contractor: Evergreen Environments, LLC
Mason: Marco Berardi, Berardi Stone Setting, Inc.
Pre-vegetated Mats: Moerings USA / Sempergreen®
© Image Credits: Ari Burling, Michael Moran, and Roofmeadow


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

GPW: Brooklyn Heights Green Wall

December 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm Project of the Week: 11/21/11
Brooklyn Heights  Green Wall
Brooklyn, NY, USA
96 sf. Greenwall

Year: 2011
Owner: Private
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 96 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project Description & Details

The Brooklyn Heights  Green Wall project began two years ago on a quaint street in Brooklyn, when the client approached Town and Gardens to create and install gardens for her charming 1800s Brownstone. The client was in the midst of a complete renovation of her house, and decided to go forward and re-create the backyard space as well as the rooftop.

The backyard was transformed into a beautiful space which now boasts a gorgeous 96 square foot, 16′ x 6′ high green wall from Plant Connection. From the beginning, the client wanted a fresh start with the backyard, and her only request was that they preserve her Japanese Maple Tree. The green wall became a living focal point that changes with every season providing the clients with a multi-media spectacle that could be enjoyed from both inside and out.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Designer: Hanna Packer, Town and Gardens, Ltd.
Greenwall System: Plant Connection
Landscape Architect: Kris Horiuchi
Installation:Town and Gardens, Ltd.

Additional Info

Designed by Hanna Packer of Town and Gardens, Ltd. and Installed by Town and Gardens, Ltd., the Brooklyn Heights  Green Wall  used Plant Connection‘s Exterior G-O2™  Green Wall system.

Yet it all started with a beloved Maple tree and a sketch:

Enjoy the before and after photos:

The project is the Grand Award Recipient of PLANET’s 2011 Annual Environmental Improvement Awards Program.

“The Environmental Improvement Awards Program reflects PLANET’s commitment to creating and preserving the beauty of our landscape. The program is designed to reward independent interiorscapers and landscape and lawn care professionals who execute superior projects. This program is an excellent way to market your company to current and potential clients.” ~ PLANET Professional Landcare Network

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.