Project of the Week for September 26, 2016: Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building

September 26, 2016 at 9:30 am

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/26/16

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Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building
Portland, OR, USA
11,893 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

The seat of Oregon’s Multnomah County Government, the Multnomah Building is also home to the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof.  Completed in 2003 and originally known as the Multnomah County Multnomah Building Eco Roof, the green roof is a powerful educational opportunity with public accessibility, interpretive activities, and free sharing of data.  Upon exiting the 5th floor, the greenroof panorama of meadow-like wildflowers, grasses, and sedums is immediately visible. Created as Portland’s first public green roof demonstration garden, descriptive signs offer greenroof information.  Designed by Carleton Hart Architecture and Macdonald Environmental Planning with consulting by Marie-Anne Boivin and Tremco, the major portion of green roof is not accessible but the adjacent rooftop plaza serves as the demonstration area.  In 2005 it was renamed the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof in honor of the late Multnomah County Sustainability Manager who gained respect and county-wide awareness for her environmental leadership.

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

In 2009 partners created the “Hope Garden” in six inches of lightweight growing mix in the accessible serpentine raised bed and planted organic vegetable gardens to recognize the growing community interest in local food systems and to inspire residents to plant their own edible gardens.  In 2014 a small demonstration edible living wall was installed by Green Living Technologies.  Planted with a variety of herbs and vegetables, the green wall and the rooftop Hope Garden grow donations for the Oregon Food Bank.  The roof also serves as a laboratory for experiments conducted by Portland State University, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, and others to quantify green roof benefits and increase public knowledge.  The County says the green roof evaporates about 25% of the building’s rainwater and reduces the air conditioning load between 5-10%.  The Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof stands as a Portland icon as one of the first municipal green roofs, a symbol of remembrance for a beloved county leader, and a source of pride for Multnomah County’s commitment to sustainability.

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

NOTE:  The Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building was part of the inspiration for starting GRiT – the Green Roof info Think-tank, and GRiT’s four founders were involved in the project in one way or another. GRiT is the organizer of the upcoming Portland Ecoroof Symposium:  See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4 and I hope to see you there!

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Year: 2003
Owner: Multnomah County
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 11893 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible & Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Principal: Brian Carleton, Carleton Hart Architecture
Project Manager: Julie Wells Proksch, formerly with Carleton Hart Architecture
Design Team: Karen Pearson, Carleton Hart Architecture
Principal: Laurel Macdonald, Macdonald Environmental Planning
Landscape Architect: Jason King, formerly with Macdonald Environmental Planning
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Green Roof Design Consultant: Marie-Anne Boivin
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Interface Engineering
Surveyor: Ztec Engineering
Monitoring Consultant: Portland State University
Roofing Consultant: Tremco
General Contractor: Anderson Roofing
Green Wall System & Installation: George Irwin, Green Living Technologies (GLTi)

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

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Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Project of the Week Video Feature

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4

September 23, 2016 at 3:02 am

The Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 held on October 2 and 3 has been finalized, and a GRP Course from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been added on October 4:

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Just click above to register, or Register Here.

That kind of says it all, right?

Liz Hart, GRiT Executive Director, and the volunteer members of GRiT have done a great job organizing everything – please contact Liz at elizabethkhart@comcast.net or 404-725-1602 if you have any questions; also visit the GRiT webpage for more information.

The Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 is going to be fun, I can tell ~ hopefully Aramis and I will see you there!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for April 18, 2016: Private West Village, NY Penthouse Terrace

April 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/18/16

Private West Village, NY Penthouse Terrace
New York, NY, USA
144 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

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Occupying the 18th floor of an Art Deco building in a landmark district in New York’s Greenwich Village, this 2,500 square foot terrace wraps the four sides of a penthouse apartment whose living space it nearly doubles. As an integral part of the clients’ living space, the terrace brings the domestic program outside into distinct ‘rooms.’ With a simple palette of steel, reclaimed teak, and stone, the terrace creates an integrated environment that bridges between the two distinct scales of the domestic single-story penthouse and the massive, building-scale presence of the parapet elements built to be seen from 18 stories below. With Tinmouth Chang Architects as Project Lead, the project embraces the technical challenges of rooftop construction by integrating them into its design language, inventing a floating ground plane, which acts as ballast to cantilever the stainless steel railing, achieving stability without anchoring to building surfaces. The railing itself becomes a garden element, supporting planting, lighting, and surfaces which give depth to the parapet edge.

The existing 15-foot-high, 15-foot-wide ugly tan brick wall was the 1928 building’s chimney and since it couldn’t be removed, the design team transformed the eyesore into the centerpiece of their terrace garden with vertical plantings and a modular slate waterfall enclosing the far end of the garden. During the 26-month remodeling project, landscape architect Linda Pollak of Marpillero Pollak Architects, in collaboration with John Tinmouth and David Seiter of Future Green Studio, designed a greenwall from Green Living Technologies. In all, 600 plants of ornamental grasses and trailing species in shades of green, silver and purple were embedded into the 24 panels which were bracketed to the chimney. The greenwall panels were pre-grown three months before installation and the plants are watered by a drip irrigation system. The Private West Village, New York Penthouse Terrace forms a complex and layered middle ground which mediates views to the city beyond.

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Year: 2011
Owner: Private
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 144 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Project Lead, Penthouse Architect: John Tinmouth, Tinmouth Chang Architects
Terrace Architect and Green Wall Design: Linda Pollak, Marpillero Pollak Architects
Greenwall Planting Design: David Seiter, Future Green Studio
Greenwall System: Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Construction: Taocon Construction Management
Structural Engineer: Silman
Planting Specification, Supply & Installation: Semperflorens, Inc.
Stone and Porcelain Cladding: Stone Source
Lighting Design: PHT Lighting Design
Fabrication and Installation of Millwork Elements: Material Process Systems

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

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Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012

May 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from May 25, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for May 25, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof, built in 2011 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  This greenroof is located in the marsh sensitive ecology of coastal South Carolina; and perennial grasses were chosen in order to create a seamless visual transition from the roof to the marsh below.  The semi-intensive greenroof works to visually outline the union between the building and the surrounding tidal marsh environment and also works to protect the vital buffer zone from harmful storm water.

The installation was challenging as space was limited for staging materials and lifting the growing media and pavers to the roof, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. persevered through hot and muggy Charleston weather to finish another beautifully successful project.  The roof will significantly reduce storm water that would have previously dumped runoff into an important buffer zone just feet away.  The design seeks to minimize delineations between the roof structure and the surrounding environment, and Living Roofs, Inc. consulted on plant selection to help blend in the marsh view.  Walking among the perennial grasses on the roof is just like wandering through the native marshland at grade.

– To learn more about the Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode  24: Panel Session “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire” with Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  First Sun-Root™ System Installed In North America by Green Roof Technology and Highview Creations.

–  Entrance to Harrah’s Cherokee to Feature a Stunning Green Roof by LiveRoof ®.

Green Living Technologies Founder, George Irwin, to Speak in Honduras as part of the U.S. Department of State International Information Programs.

Joblinks

–  Sika Sarnafil USA is seeking a Regional Sales Manager in the Greater Chicago Area, Illinois.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 24: Greenroofs: Wind & Fire Panel,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 18, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Going on since May 23rd and through Saturday, the 26th: is EXPO Construe 2012, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

–  And May 30th-31st: is the UrbanTec China Conference, in Beijing, China.

– “In the News“

–  David Templeton of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talks about “New building in Phipps Conservatory is greenest of its kind.”  The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes building behind the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland features old-barn wood sidings, lots of windows and a rooftop garden.  It also represents America’s largest green building at 24,350 square feet and can claim net-zero energy and water usage.  The center will capture rainwater, then process it in wetland lagoons with sewage retained in wetland pits and then processed through sand filters, allowing the water’s reuse inside the building.  With ultraviolet technology, processed rainwater will be distilled to 100% pharmaceutical grade, but be used to water Phipps’ orchids.

The education, administration and research complex features a $500,000 solar-photovoltaic panel array with ground-mounted panels and others atop various Phipps buildings.  The solar-photovoltaic panels will produce 124 kilowatts of electricity with additional power generated by the 5-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbine and 14 geothermal wells.  Building design also includes passive heating, cooling and lighting, including the rooftop garden, a large atrium, ventilation, a highly efficient air-conditioning system and triple-pane windows, all of which reduce the building’s energy needs by 80%.  Although the building is more expensive than the typical office building, Phipps’ benefits include never having to pay monthly bills for electricity, natural gas, water or sewage for the building.

–  Alice Hutton of the Cambridge News, says “Display is heaven scent for hay fever sufferers.”  More than 157,000 visitors will fill up this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week with floral displays, alpine troughs and rooftop gardens which are among some of the examples of horticulture remedies for hay fever sufferers.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden has collaborated with plant nursery Scotsdales, in Great Shelford, to create a garden with the lowest pollen count possible.

Urban Greening – Not To Be Sneezed At is displayed in the Great Pavilion and was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Pathologists and is filled with the flowers and plants least likely to agitate allergies.  High allergen culprits like silver birch are replaced with low-allergen Japanese maples and ornamental shrubs like choisya and citrus are selected over lavender and fremontodendron, and the low-allergen Allium are used instead of itch-inducing Globe Thistles.  Check out the full article to find out how to buy tickets to the flower show.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for May 25, 2012    on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


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~ Linda V.