GRHC Announces 2015 Green Roof & Wall Design Awards of Excellence Winners

September 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) announced yesterday its second group of winners of its 2015 Design Awards of Excellence.

Jeffrey Bruce, Chair of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), announced the winners in the lead-up to CitiesAlive®: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference coming up just around the corner in October in Brooklyn, NY.


“Awards in eight categories recognizing outstanding design projects were awarded. 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. The Awards will be formally presented at a luncheon 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.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Read on from the GRHC September 10, 2015 Press Release:

2015 Design Awards of Excellence Winners

GRHCWinner2015-TriBeCaIntensive Residential
Project: TriBeCa Loft – New York, NY
Award Recipient: New York Green Roofs LLC
Floating amidst lower Manhattan’s skyline, architecture meets nature to transform a penthouse residence into the ultimate garden apartment. This project retrofits a nineteenth century loft building’s rooftops into a series of dynamic and diverse gardens.

Special Recognition
Project: LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park – New York, NY
Award Recipient: Roofmeadow
This recreation facility inserted into the historic landscape, includes two skating rinks, one that is topped with an extensive green roof and intensive green roof areas which are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding landscape, preserving historic design while meeting the needs of a diverse contemporary urban community.


Intensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Aventura Optima Plaza – Aventura, FL
Award Recipient: Savino & Miller Design Studio
Conceived as a balance of the loss of green space caused by the building’s construction by raising the landscape up and inviting office employees to use the space, activating it with a glass enclosed gymnasium and a tranquil space for relaxation.

Extensive Institutional
Project: Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology – Philadelphia, PA
Award Recipient: Roofmeadow
The Meadow Roof is a prominent feature of the building attracting individuals and groups eager to enjoy time in the rooftop amenity space. Surrounded by floor to ceiling etched glass walls on three sides and a clear glass railing open to the city on the fourth side, the Meadow Roof is accessible to all who have access to the building.


Extensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Fidek Office Building – Red Deer, AB
Award Recipient: Berry Architecture + Associates
Part of a major renovation of a run down 1950’s bowling alley, the building is located in the downtown core of the city. The green roof helps to refresh the neighborhood both aesthetically and environmentally.

Small Scale Residential
Project: 58A Melville Ave – Toronto, ON
Award Recipient: Johanne Daoust
This single family rooftop garden implementation was inspired by issues of food security and changing sustainability demands in North America.


Intensive Institutional
Project: Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) – Lethbridge, AB
Award Recipient: O2 Planning + Design
HSNC is an urban nature centre with the goal of delivering diverse and dynamic nature interpretive programs through a team of volunteers, staff and partners. As part of HSNC’s LEED-Gold certified expansion and renovation, interpretive roof gardens were constructed with the goal of creating a demonstration area for delivering interpretive programs and providing a living classroom for visitors.

External Green Wall
Project: Breathe Wall – Grand Rapids, MI
Award Recipient: LiveWall, LLC
Installed in an urban center, Breathe Wall was intentionally redesigned multiple times over a two year period. With multiple rotating palettes of over 70 different species annuals, edibles and perennials, the wall was used as an abstract art piece designed to convey the message that plants give us more than beauty; they supply us with the very oxygen we breathe.”

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

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


What a wonderful selection of outstanding projects!  Congratulations to everyone involved, in particular to our own Sponsors, Roofmeadow and LiveWall (LiveRoof)!

We’ve recently featured both of Roofmeadow’s awesome honorees, the LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology as our Project of the Week here on and look forward to learning more about the others – and then sharing more with you, too.

We hope to see many of you at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn!

~ Linda V.

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.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.


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

Watch the LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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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.