Video & Project of the Week for December 7, 2015: Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof

December 9, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/7/15

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Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
8,600 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Home to Berry Architecture + Associates and Downey Roth Hrywkiw Fidek LLP, the former Red Deer Bowladrome is now the award-winning Gold LEED-certified Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof, the first privately-owned building to receive such in the City of Red Deer, Alberta. Key elements were energy and efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and modern comfort and functionality. The building’s crowning glory is the green roof which features a stream, native plantings, vegetable gardens, and bird, butterfly, and bee habitats.

Designed and installed by Living Lands Landscape & Design using the Sopranature vegetative system from Soprema, the green roof boasts indigenous plant species of Alberta’s prairie and parkland ecosystems. Plants were selected so that one or more species are in bloom from early spring through to late autumn, providing an ongoing source of food in the form of nectar, pollen, and seeds. Water in the design takes the form of a flowing stream, providing a place for birds to bathe and drink, pollinators to access water, insects to lay eggs, and aquatic life to exist. Shelter has been created by both natural and man-made nesting structures in the form of standing and horizontal snags, a butterfly hibernaculum of stacked wood, bee blocks and bumble bee boxes, cavity-nesting bird boxes, and stone piles. Installation of webcams, habitat box cameras, and citizen science projects are all initiatives to gain an understanding of how the site is being used by wildlife and how its usage evolves. Exploring new methods of how to increase successful plant establishment, eliminate the need for irrigation, and reduce maintenance requirements has also been a goal. Careful consideration to design and installation techniques has made this green roof a viable habitat for Alberta’s indigenous pollinators and a showcase for many of its indigenous plant species.

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

Project of the Week Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof

Year: 2012
Owner: Berry Architecture + Associates and Downey Roth Hrywkiw Fidek LLP Office Building
Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 8,600 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

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Project of the Week Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Engineering & Construction: Berry Architecture + Associates
Design/Build: Living Lands Landscape and Design
Roofing Contractor: Goodman Roofing
Green Roof System: SOPREMA®, SOPRANATURE® vegetated system
Irrigation: not irrigated

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for November 16, 2015: Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion

November 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/16/15

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Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion
Toronto, Canada
102,257 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Sherway Gardens is a large retail shopping mall in Toronto, Canada, which opened in 1971 and Torontonians are most familiar with Sherway’s distinctive white-canopied roof, visible from many vantage points. Having undergone several renovations, Phase 1 of its latest expansion project just opened in September, 2015. Part of a $550 million Canadian dollar project with DIALOG as the Project Architect for the expansion, the 210,000 square foot LEED certified addition added 50 new stores to the mall; a new second level food court that can seat more than 1,000; greatly expanded multi-level parking for 1,200 more vehicles; and more: A green roof was installed on the new north wing, an exciting extension of developer Cadillac Fairview’s “Green at Work” program. It is currently the largest living roof on a free-standing commercial structure in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Xeroflor Canada XF301 Sedum Standard green roof was designed as part of the Stormwater Management Program for the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion. Underground storage cisterns in the parking field were initially required to control stormwater quantity as an additional element. The green roof is visible from the condominium towers at Sherway Gardens Road, and this not only improves the views of the roof of the building to the neighbors in the surrounding community, but the size and storage volume capacity of the green roof offered an opportunity for the required underground cisterns to be reduced in size from the original requirement. Sherway Gardens managers say the XF301 green roof system was chosen because of the key benefits it offers including its lightweight nature and a high “water retention-to-weight ratio.” At a total profile of 65 mm (2.6″), the system weighs 60 kg/m2 (12 psf) at saturation and retains 1.4″ of rainfall with a maximum water storage of 36 l/m2. The 9,500 square meter green roof is not irrigated and is expected to absorb approximately 340,000 liters of rainfall (from bone dry to saturation). Optional stone mulch was added to the green roof adding to this weight and helping to further protect the plants and promote their growth. The vegetated roof puts Sherway Gardens on the cutting edge environmentally and from a bird’s eye view, the Toronto urban landscape is getting greener by the day.

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

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Year: 2014
Owner: Cadillac Fairview
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 102,257 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect & Planning: Dialog Design
General Contractor:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Roofer:
Bothwell Accurate
Membrane:
IKO – Conventional Roofing Assembly
Greenroof
Installation: Ginkgo Sustainability
Greenroof System:
XF301 Sedum Standard, Xeroflor Canada

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade

May 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the collaborative video “The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by the soft spoken Jenny Hill, PhD candidate working on an interdisciplinary greenroof study with the Daniel’s Faculty at the University of Toronto and the gregarious Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada.  We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the extremely knowledgeable Jenny Hill yet, but we’ve known Terry for years – probably since about 2003.

He is extremely well known and respected (he’s rather outspoken!) in our industry and before coming on board with Flynn Canada, he headed up his design/build firm Gardens in the Sky which is responsible for thousands of square feet of greenroofs in the Toronto area.

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A retrospective, comprising several of the oldest roofs in North America will be presented to consider fundamental issues concerning the post-construction phases of greenroof management including the economic and environmental expenses of weeding, fertilization and irrigation of extensive greenroofs.

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Jen and Terry ask: What happens when the manicured aesthetic ideal is rejected either intentionally or through neglect?  What it the long term viability of a greenroof as a piece of ecological urban infrastructure versus its survival as a horticultural canvas?  What can we learn from revisiting old projects and how can we design with the evolution of individual sites in mind?

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Toronto, Canada. “Jenny Hill is a member of the Low Impact Development and Groundwater research groups, in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Her PhD research investigates the relationship between extensive green roof design decisions and their impact on urban hydrology.  Jen’s interest in this research arises from her diverse background including an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and master’s degrees in Forensic Science and Landscape Architecture.” ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

Toronto, Canada. “Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada is one of Canada’s best known greenroof experts.  He is a creative, dynamic forward thinking horticulturalist and landscape designer with 30 years of experience and has been designing and building gardens in the Toronto area since 1982.

Terry created his first roof garden in 1985, and installed his first green roof in 1999.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade share on the subject:

1) Jen and Terry examine 10-year old greenroofs by Terry McGlade of which 5 out of 6 are high compost roofs and 5 out of 6 were not just sedum-only roofs to consider ecological succession as an ultimate end goal of extensive green roofs; a look at the local legislative framework;

2) Examination of the post-construction phases of greenroof management – the succession of management, the classical ecological succession of how they are changing in terms of plants, soils (including compaction, erosion), etc., the change from the original design intent;

3) Six case studies that Jen surveyed over the last two summers (2013 & 2014) are presented: Earth Rangers East School, Ryerson University, Jackman Avenue School, Toronto Botanical Garden, UTSC Arts & Administration Building, and the Royal Ontario Museum;

4) Discussion of examples of “no maintenance greenroofs” – what to expect; the importance of using local native plants; managing client expectations in terms of change over time;

5) In some cases you can go back and revitalize greenroofs to make them healthier – perhaps every 5-10 years we need to do that, look at plant colonies, soils as they are closed systems.  Ask yourself, are they still working?  We need an ever changing “Green Roofs 2.0” dialogue.

Watch the 31:04 “The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross

May 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual presentation “Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by the lovely Kerry Ross, GRP, the most wholesome and genuine person you’ll ever meet, whose design/build company company specializes in vegetated roofs and sustainable building design.

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We’ve known her for many years now, maybe just two or three years after starting Greenroofs.com in 1999 when she was a design architect and project manager.  I believe we first met her at the first CitiesAlive conference (2003) back when it was called “Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities” and she struck me as a wonderful person.  We met her husband Bob (also an architect) shortly thereafter and have spent some great time together at conferences in London, Canada, and throughout the U.S. – awesome people!  Kerry is quite the excellent photographer, too – actually, both of them.

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She has traveled extensively and is extremely active in the Alberta greenroof scene.  In fact, she received the 2009 Civic Award of Excellence: Individual from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities – read about it here.

While some myths about the suitability of green roofs in Alberta persist given the challenging and extreme climate, Kerry’s video includes a range of very in-depth case study projects in which she was involved in four of the province’s six main ecoregions.

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Alberta, Canada. “As one of the first Green Roof Professionals, Kerry Ross operates Green T Design, Inc. a design-build company focused on lessening impacts of buildings on the environment through the continuum of landscape and architecture – green roofs and living walls.

In her efforts to bring greater awareness of the benefits and viability of green roof technology in the region, she co-founded the Alberta Ecoroof Initiative in 2004 and spearheaded the Alberta Prairie Green Roof Symposium in 2009. With the support of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a subsequent Canada Council Award, Kerry traveled extensively to Iceland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe to study and document cold-climate green roofs and living walls. Kerry currently leads the Vegetated Roof Replacement & Research Project on Calgary’s Municipal Hall and in addition to contributing a number of articles on green roofing is engaged in the development of guidelines for green roofs for stormwater management for the City of Calgary.” ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Kerry Ross shares on the subject:

1) Alberta’s very challenging climate conditions of its 4 ecoregions (Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Stettler) resulting in the need to be irrigating with harvested rainwater.  Some of the natural ecosystems are studied (rough fescue grasslands) which could be suitable greenroof candidates evolved to suit the environment to be regionally appropriate; discussions of recent floods; importance of research; her vision;

2) Banff: Case study and lessons learned of: Bison Courtyard at Bear Street – owner wanted an eco-model for the town; McDonough + Partners was the lead and they used their guiding principles, resulting in Alberta’s first sustainable mixed-use complex with both extensive and intensive greenroofs in 2004; 

3) Calgary: Alberta Ecoroof Initiative, a hands-on research site with 4 different demonstration plots (2004) on the Alastair Ross Technology Centre in the University of Calgary Research Park.  The continued collaboration improves understanding of greenroofs in the region, in addition to expanding the plant palette; thermocouple sensors and a climate monitoring station allow studies of the micro-climate impacts and heat flow through the roof. Vegetated Roof Replacement at Calgary Municipal Hall (2014 & 2015) – a highly visible r & d site whose purpose was to draw attention and spark interest in greenroof retrofit projects; organized an education and outreach center; for scientific monitoring, she partnered with Dr. Maureen Connelly’s lab at BCIT;

4) Edmonton: Royal Alexandra Hospital, Robbins Pavilion (2011), one of the most northern major cities in North America to incorporate greenroofs. The Ted & Lois Hole Healing Garden is a combination of extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive greenroof gardens, enjoyed by many patient rooms and common areas with diverse vegetation;

5) Stettler: ATCO Electric Service Center’s new energy efficient operations center located in an office and industrial complex was designed to enhance customer service (2013).  Rainwater is captured on roofs for reuse; numerous challenges are discussed including climate, a broken irrigation system, and plant issues.

Watch the 38:31 video presentation “Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.