Video & Project of the Week for March 9, 2015: Europa Congress Palace Convention Center (Palacio de Congresos)

March 10, 2015 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 3/09/15


Europa Congress Palace Convention Center Greenwall –
Palacio de Congresos
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
16,060 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Designated the 2012 European Green Capital because of its biodiversity and integration of greenspace into its urban fabric, Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Álava in northern Spain. Located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Europa Congress and Exhibition Hall is a multi-purpose venue for fairs and conferences. In an effort to bring Álava’s ecosystems to the center of the city, in 2013 a large greenwall was designed and installed on three sides of the building by Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen in association with Urbaser and Zikotz.

Another primary motive for the beautiful and distinctive Palacio de Congresos living wall was to capture energy savings. The “F+P preplant” system adds a thermal resistance of 2,644 m2.K/W, representing a 270% increase over the existing facade insulation. Encompassing a total vegetative surface of 1,492 m2, 1,000 m2 consist of a F+H Hydroponic system and 492 m2 of climbing plants that cover the windows. Over 33,000 native plants of different varieties were planted from the area of Álava and the Basque Country. The design draws on the ecosystems that exist in the vicinity of Vitoria-Gasteiz and represents them along the length of the facade. From left to right are the vegetative communities of the Salburua wetlands; countryside agricultural field plots planted with seasonal crops; loamy hill ecosystems; and the beech forests of the local Vitoria mountains. At the base of the greenwall a continuous backlit Corten steel seatwall integrates informative signage, allowing visitors in both Spanish and Basque to learn about the various ecosystems that are reproduced in the vertical garden along with the plant species that comprise each. A striking framework of aluminum strips straddle the building and delineate the various zones. Portions on two sides are illuminated at night, making the convention center a dramatic focal point of the city.

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

Year: 2013
Owner: City of Vitoria-Gasteiz
Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
16,060 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Design & Management: Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen
Greenwall System: F+P Hydroponic
Construction: Zikotz and Urbaser
Photography: Quintas Fotografos, Jordi Serramia Ruiz, and Hugo Riquelme Ortega


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~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for March 2, 2015: Stinson Transport Centre, STM – Société de transport de Montréal (Montreal Transit Corporation)

March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 3/02/15


Stinson Transport Centre, STM –
Société de transport de Montréal (Montreal Transit Corporation)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
80,200 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the Montreal Transit Corporation, is a public transport agency that operates transit bus and rapid transit services in Quebec, Canada. Due to the increased demand for public transit, the STM needed a new transport centre to accommodate its growing fleet. In order to minimize its impact on neighboring residents, the 350,000 sf centre’s site was situated in a declining industrial sector. The main objective of the project was to minimize the ecological footprint of the site by integrating most of the circulation for bus parking inside the building.

Lemay Associés Architecture Firm designed the 165 million dollar building according to the principles of sustainable development. This giant two-story building has the capacity for up to 300 buses, including 100 articulated (double) buses. Stinson is expected to be the first LEED Gold certified transport centre in Canada. The design intent was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric. The “weaving” meshed together the structural grid of the building and the landscape into a new multifunctional feature, clearly identifiable on the massive roof using a Vegetal I.D. greenroof system. Over 80,000 square feet of their Standard Mix of HYDROPACK made the STM building the largest greenroof in Quebec as well as the signature of the project.

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

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Year: 2013
Owner: STM
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
80,200 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Lemay Associés Architecture
Greenroof System: HYDROPACK, Vegetal i.D.
Greenroof Installation: Le Toits Vertige
General Contractor: LA Hébert
Landscape Architect: Version Paysage
Civil Engineer: Pasquin St-Jean et associés
Electrical Engineer: Bouthillette Parizeau et associés
Transportation Consultant: Roche Ltd


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for February 27, 2015: Vitaroofs International

March 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


Vitaroofs International stands for Choices in green roof solutions, from the unconventional to the tried and true with over 1,000 green roofs, including some of North America’s most celebrated projects.

GCW-VitaroofsInternational-logoThey’re not trying to sell a system of products – they begin with an in-depth consultation, listening very carefully to your vision. Offering design consulting, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and warranties, they work closely with clients to find the optimum solution to fulfill unique project requirements including creative direction, structural requirements, climactic conditions, and sustainability parameters.

Vitaroofs’ clients have access to a diverse and extensive inventory of vegetation, soil, and sub-layers, developed over the years using local products and testing. Each of these ‘recipes’ represents a unique solution optimized for a specific set of climatic conditions, building types, and landscape preferences.

A combination of clarity about project requirements, strong communication skills, and their ongoing experience with research and development enables their certified experts to install even the most innovative of green roof systems on schedule and within budget.


For more detailed information about Vitaroofs International, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, we have created a prominent position on the Homepage for this weekly spotlight as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (about 1:00 -2:00 min., depending on listing level) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos will also be playing on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.


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If you want to get found, you have to be listed!

~ Linda V.

Watch the “ VS2013 Closing Address from Linda Velazquez” from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

So we have come to the end of airing all of the awesome video presentations from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013, presented by in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), culminating with my short and sweet VS2013 Closing Address.

You will now find all of these videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

We are extremely excited about producing our third biennial online conference, the spectacular Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 which will be held on April 6 through May 31, and certainly hope you will join us and our global colleagues on the Internet!


About me:

Alpharetta, GA, USA.  Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP is founder and publisher of (1999), the international greenroof industry’s resource portal. is the founder and organizer of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015, its third biennial online conference (2011, 2013). Linda writes and reports extensively about greenroofs and holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia (2000) with honors. She is also principal of Sky Gardens Design (2004), a greenroof design and consulting firm. Linda is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Green Roof Professional (GRP) with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). is an internet news media organization whose goal is to inform, promote and inspire the earth friendly technology of organic greenroof architecture through the free interchange of ideas, projects, news, video, research, organization/government updates, and marketing opportunities. Exclusives include guest articles, contributing editor columns, the Sky Gardens Blog and the WebTV series Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™. publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,600 projects; The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory of Manufacturers, Suppliers, Professional Services & Organizations; and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube, a video channel devoted to greenroofs and greenwalls.

Linda will be your host, and open and close the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015. She will also co-present “The 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” with Haven Kiers.”

Watch the “ VS2013 Closing Address from Linda Velazquez” below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations, plus 12 promo videos in six languages, see below.

Thank you once again to our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco Incorporated, all of our Exhibitors, and our event partner, the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) who made our second foray in the world of virtual conferences possible, along with all of our distinguished speakers who gave their time and expertise so freely!  And of course, we thank all of our attendees who participated in the VS2013, too!


Watch all of the VS2013 videos: VS2013 Closing Address from Linda Velazquez Individual Video.

Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2 with Patrick Carey Panel Session.

Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One Panel Session Video with Patrick Carey, Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh.

Green Roofs on Lean-tos in Adirondack Wilderness Areas Inspiration Nook Video by Alison Liedkie.

The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress Collaborative Video by Wang Xianmin and others.

Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities? Inspiration Nook Video by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring.

Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients Inspiration Nook Video by João Manuel Linck Feijó.

How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living Video by Dorthe Rømø.

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano.

12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs Keynote Video by Steven Peck.

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will be able to see all of these unique and interesting video presentations at your leisure!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish