Video & Project of the Week for June 22, 2015: Grand Rapids Downtown Market Green Roof

June 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/22/15

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market Green Roof
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
4,800 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The $30 million development Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. The indoor facility features a 24-vendor market hall, while dozens of farmers and artisans line the outdoor farmer’s market shed. The founders of the Downtown Market had a vision for a green facility which reflected their commitment to local, sustainable products. As the first LEED-intended green market in the U.S., the design team carefully chose products which met the green building standards.

In keeping with the LEED Certified Downtown Market, the LiveRoof team established a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that covers the rooftop with seamless vegetation featuring three patterned plant mixes of yellow, green and pink, and red and purple. The Market’s 4.25 inch LiveRoof hybrid green roof system is publicly accessible, providing a relaxing space for visitors and staff. Now the Grand Rapids Downtown Market has a living roof to complement its 832 square foot outdoor living walls installed on three separate sections of the exterior brick walls planted with hardy perennials, enhancing sustainability with 100 percent plant survival in May, 2013. Locally sourced and grown materials are essential to the ethos of the market, with made-in-Michigan aluminum railings and molded planter boxes, as well as the wall and roof plants, which were all grown less than 30 miles from the Market’s location. In total, both systems were produced using materials almost entirely sourced within 200 miles of the project.

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Year: 2013
Owner: Downtown Market, Inc.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4,800 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Architect: Hugh A. Boyd, Architect
Green Roof Plant Palette & Layout Design: Pete Lazdins and Michelle Hoffner, ProgressiveAE
Greenroof Supplier: LiveRoof, LLC.
Green Roof Installation: Modern Roofing
General Contractor: Pioneer Construction

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Video & Project of the Week for May 18, 2015: Klinikum 2, Cantonal Hospital of Basel

May 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/18/15

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Klinikum 2, Cantonal Hospital of Basel
Basel, Switzerland
32,307 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The University Hospital of Basel (Cantonal Hospital of Basel) is one of the five university hospitals of Switzerland. Located in the city center, it brings together 50 clinics, units, and institutes all working together in an interdisciplinary manner under one roof. Originally constructed in 1937, by 1990 Klinikum 1 (Clinic 1) had several greenroofs installed for the benefit of patient health. Klinikum 2 was built in 1978 and all of the flat roofs sported greenroofs. In 2003 one of the greenroofs on the Klinikum 2 was reconstructed as a pilot “Habitat” greenroof spearheaded by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Researching the ecological significance of extensive greenroofs as contributors to the protection of nature and species, Dr. Brenneisen designed a space to encourage and test biodiversity. The design mimics the river bank conditions of the nearby Rhine River and the substrate regimes range from gravel and sand (simulating river terrace conditions) to topsoil coverage (for near-natural dry meadows). The original substrate depths were 6, 12, and 20 centimeters. Different micro habitats at various depths provide living areas for many local plants and animal species. The vegetated roof contains two large gravel areas to attract birds as well as areas of sedum and herbs, moss, and large grass meadows with mixed areas between. Large branches and big stones were included in the design and provide cover, and the roof is monitored for birds, spiders, beetles, ladybugs, bumblebees, and more.

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Klinikum 2, Cantonal Hospital of Basel is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week in honor of its designer, Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, who is one of the Keynotes for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Join us and enjoy Stephan’s 26 minute video “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” for an in-depth look into his research in this very important field, now playing though May 31, 2015.

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Year: 2003
Owner: University Hospital Basel
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 32,307 sq. ft.
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Environment and Nature Resources

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Video & Project of the Week for May 11, 2015: Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall

May 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/11/15

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Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall
Rochester, NY, USA
320 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

The LEED® Platinum certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic unit at the Rochester Institute of Technology whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems. Designed by FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR and LeChase Construction Company, the new world-class building is a living laboratory which houses specialized research labs, student work areas, classrooms, and office suites.

One very distinctive feature is the beautiful and massive modular green wall by Green Living Technologies International. Pregrown by Plant Designs, it spans 8 feet wide and 40 feet tall near the building’s west entrance, containing 1,920 plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. The living wall is a focal point for the world class building and provides a breathtaking 4-story tapestry of texture and color that can naturally remove harmful toxins, carcinogens, and volatile organic compounds throughout the entire Galleria. Additional sustainable features of GIS include incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid, a 144 solar panel array, vertical wind turbines, a 3,300 sf greenroof, a 1,700 gallon water storage cistern used to flush the toilets, a geothermal system, and a 400 kW fuel-cell power source.

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Thank you to Green Living Technologies International for supporting Greenroofs.com as one of our Exhibitors in the Expo Pavilion at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015, open now through May 31!

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Year: 2013
Owner: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 320 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Architect: FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR
Design-Build Team Leader:
LeChase Construction Company
Green Wall Specialist:
George Irwin, Green Living Technologies International
Green Wall Specialist:
Plant Designs
Green Wall System:
Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Civil Engineering Consultant:
Stantec
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering:
M/E Engineering

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Video & Project of the Week for May 4, 2015: Private Kiawah Island, SC Residence

May 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/04/15

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Private Kiawah Island, SC Residence
Kiawah Island, SC, USA
1,500 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

This private residential green roof is located in the marsh sensitive ecology of Kiawah Island in coastal South Carolina. The semi-intensive green roof works not only to visually delineate the union between the building and the surrounding tidal marsh environment but also works to protect the vital buffer zone from harmful storm water. The homeowners enjoy full access to the roof via slate pavers that lead to a wonderful outdoor space overlooking open marshland.

The green roof is a custom built-up system with subsurface irrigation, installed by Living Roofs Inc. Waterproofing from Sika Sarnafil and Bonar drain mat were used throughout the green roof ensuring a watertight structure and providing both water retention and drainage. The vegetation is made up of 5 species of grasses including natives such as Muhlenbergia and Nassella. Perennial grasses were chosen in order to create a seamless visual transition from the roof to the marsh below. Two pieces of marsh cedar driftwood collected from the surrounding environment were placed among the grasses providing natural design and habitat for marsh species. The green roof was installed in May of 2011 and by the end of the same summer, fiddler crabs were found crawling through the grasses on the roof! 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 this very successful project.

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Thank you to to Bonar for supporting Greenroofs.com as one of our Diamond Sponsors at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015, open now through May 31!

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Year: 2011
Owner: Private
Location: Kiawah Island, SC, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Drainage & Water Retention: Enkadrain, Bonar USA
Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Architect: Thomas and Dezinger Architects
General Contractor: Koenig Construction
Landscape Architect: Wertimer & Associates
Green Roof Installation: Living Roofs Inc.

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