Greenroof & Greenwall Project of the Week for November 4, 2013: Casa Vallarta

November 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/4/13

Casa Vallarta
Greenroof & Greenwalls
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
7,653 sq. ft Greenroof & 3,090 sq. ft Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas, the Casa Vallarta Greenroof & Greenwalls project included a 7,653 sqft green roof and a multi-level 3,090 sqft green wall oriented to the northeast, right in the beautiful City of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Being right next to the ocean, the most logical design intention was to give the green roof and walls some kind of movement which led to curves speaking about the landscape tracing, and tall grasses speaking about the plant selection.

The Zona Verde MX team planted more than 19,619 plants among grasses, agaves and perennials over the roof and some short grasses and ferns in the green walls, wanting the effect to be not just green but quite colorful, yet harmonic. Both stormwater and irrigated water are captured and guided to a storage stormwater tank, then filtered through a sand system and returned to the irrigation system. More than 33,500 recycled bottles of PET were used in the whole system.

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Owner: Grupo Xtra Inmuebles
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Building Type: Single-Family Residential

Type: Intensive Green Roof
System:
Single Source Provider
Size: 7,653 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3,090 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Greenroof Designer: Cynthia Villalba, General Manager, Zona Verde MX S.A. de C.V.
Design Architect: Arch. Alejandra Diaz de Leon, EZEQUIEL FARCA®
Architectural Project: Arch. Ezequiel Farca, EZEQUIEL FARCA®
Contractor: Arch. Pablo Gutierrez, Grupo SYASA
100% Recycled PET Geotextile ManufacturerTecnologia de Reciclaje

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Greenroof Project of the Week for October 28, 2013: Mercy West Hospital

October 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/28/13

Mercy West Hospital
Cincinnati, OH, USA

109,600 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Mercy Health Partners has created a new hospital on a 65 acre site located in Green Township on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio. The sustainable site plan features low energy LED site lighting, a prairie, bioretention areas, and thousands of native plants. A 2.5 acre green roof is located above mechanical and surgical rooms and two patient towers rise four stories above the green roof offering healing views for patients and visitors.

The green roof is primarily an extensive green roof planted with a mixture of 50,000 sedum plants of four varieties. Swirling across the green roof are intensive berms that mound to 30” high on which larger grasses and perennials grow recalling the rolling hills of Ohio’s ancient prairies. Prairie grasses number 1,300 plants and they include Little Bluestem and Prairie Dropseed. Over 12,500 perennials were installed including Allium, Milkweed, Pinks, Rudbeckia, Monarda, Liatris, and Obedient Plant. These perennials bloom for a number of weeks from spring to early fall and display a range of colors from white, yellow and orange to pink, red, and purple.

Year: 2012
Owner: Mercy Health Partners
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 109,600 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: AECOM Ellerbe Becket
Architect: Champlin Architecture
Landscape Architect: Meisner + Associates / Land Vision
Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Construction Management: Turner Construction Management
Roofing Contractor: Tecta America – Zero Company
Plant Supplier: Krueger-Maddux and Emory Knoll Farm/Green Roof Plants
Growing Media: Rooflite by Skyland USA, Garick Producer

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Greenroof Project of the Week for October 14, 2013: American Life & Accident Insurance Company

October 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/14/13

American Life &
Accident Insurance Company

Louisville, KY, USA

16,385 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The iconic American Life & Accident Insurance Company building in downtown Louisville originally gained notoriety for being the last notable work of the famous German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Although the original plan called for a 2-ply modified bitumen roofing system with a white, reflective cool roof coating, the landmark site was able to increase its sustainability and prominence in the area by installing the largest privately-owned vegetative roofing system in Kentucky.

Johns Manville, Green Roof Solutions and American Roofing & Metal worked together to provide a complete green roof system for the American Life Building; a modified bitumen system, upped to 3-ply for added redundancy and protection, was selected. The vegetation used was primarily pre-vegetated Sedum mats provided by Sempergreen, with ten to twelve different species. Enlisting the assistance of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, three small 12-foot-square test beds were also installed to trial various native and adaptive species to Kentucky.

Year: 2009
Owner: American Life & Accident Insurance Company
Location: Louisville, KY, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 16,385 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Roofing Contractor: American Roofing & Metal
Waterproofing Membrane: Johns Manville
Greenroof Consultant & Construction Oversight: Green Roof Solutions
Pre-vegetated Mat System: Sempergreen
Greenroof System: Green Roof Solutions
Research Plots & Monthly Maintenance: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company

Make sure to read all about the American Life & Accident Insurance Company greenroof in the Greenroofs.com October Guest Feature “Kentucky Green: Vegetative Roofing in Downtown Louisville” by Reed Hitchcock, Executive Vice-President of ARMA, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.

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Greenroof Project of the Week for September 16, 2013: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)

September 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/16/13

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
Los Angeles, CA, USA

12,700 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Integrated into the landscape of Pan Pacific Park now in its 4th location, the new award-winning LEED Gold certified Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States and has a two-fold mission that has remained constant since its inception in 1961: commemoration and education. The client wanted an above ground iconic museum building and the architect wanted to maintain open space by submersion.

Designed collaboratively by Lisa Lee Benjamin of Evo Catalyst and Karla Dakin of K. Dakin Design, the roof landscape is a visionary response to the complex contemporary architecture of Belzberg Architects. Roofmeadow included Types I (12″ deep growing media), II (4″), and III (6″) assemblies and states, “With dramatic contours and steep grades (45 degree pitches), this accessible green roof supports grasses, perennials, succulents and fosters the sense that the entire building visually dissolves into the surrounding landscape.”

Year: 2010
Owner: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 12,700 sq.ft.
Slope: 40%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Belzberg Architects
General Contractor: Winters-Schram
Structural Consultant: William Koh & Associates
Soils Engineer: Irvine Geotechnical
Environmental Engineer: Enviropro, Inc.
Landscape Architect & Greenroof Design: Karla Dakin, K. Dakin Design
Greenroof Design: Lisa Lee Benjamin, Evo Catalyst
Greenroof System: Roofmeadow
Grasses Consultant: John Greenlee

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