Project of the Week for February 1, 2016: Levi’s® Stadium

February 1, 2016 at 11:22 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

In honor of the exciting upcoming Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, we are once again highlighting the awesome Levi’s® Stadium as our Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com.  Whether you are a Broncos or Panthers fan, we know all fans of living architecture will enjoy the beautiful living roof atop this sports venue!

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Levi’s® Stadium
Santa Clara, CA, USA
27,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Hosting the Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, Levi’s® Stadium is a $1.27 billion multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide range of events with seating for about 68,500 people, featuring 176 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. Fans attending San Francisco 49ers home games experience football in the most eco-friendly and sustainable LEED Gold certified facility in the league. State of the art technology is used throughout the stadium, and visitors may view a live dashboard display featuring current energy measurements, water and air monitors, and other dynamic green features as the building operates daily. Designed by HNTB, the iconic feature of the stadium is the massive 5-story Suite Tower on the west side, topped by the NRG Solar Terrace green roof.

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The installation of 1,186 solar panels on the canopy framework on the green roof and on three solar pedestrian bridges connecting the parking lot to the park generate 375 kW of power at Levi’s Stadium – as much renewable energy as it will consume on game days. And the NRG Solar Terrace green roof is an inviting space which can be booked for receptions and ceremonies. The 27,000 square foot American Hydrotech green roof contains 16 species of vegetation native to the Bay area for the concessionaires, who will utilize produce within local farm-to-table menus. 85 percent of the water used at the stadium is recycled, used for both potable and non-potable uses such as the playing field irrigation water.

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Publisher’s Note: Levi’s® Stadium was included in Greenroofs.com’s “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in the # 5 category “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues.”

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Year: 2014
Owner: Santa Clara Stadium Authority
Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 27,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public (with paid entrance)

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff California Architects
General Contractor: Turner Devcon, A Joint Venture
Landscape Architect & Greenroof Design: The Guzzardo Partnership, Inc.
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Greenroof Installation: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractors
Solar Design & Installation: NRG Solar
Solar Design & Installation: SunPower Corp.

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~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Project of the Week for January 25, 2016: Whole Foods Market – Lynnfield, MA

January 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

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Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA
Lynnfield, MA, USA
17,000 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Whole Foods Market has always celebrated the difference natural and organic products can make in the quality of one’s life. Located at Market Street Lynnfield, Whole Foods Market is the anchor tenant, with Jacobs Consultants as Architect of Record. This is the first Whole Foods Market in the United States with a rooftop farm, providing an estimated 11,000 lbs of hyper-local produce per year which is then sold inside the store.

The award-winning food roof was designed and constructed by Recover Green Roofs, LLC and all locally sourced materials were used. Maintained by Green City Growers, they say “The produce we get is more nutrient dense and fresher than anything else available, because the distance between where it’s grown and where it’s being consumed is really as minimal as it can be.” The American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System was used with 10″ planting mounds of lightweight growing media laid in 3′ wide rows. The growing media is a Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar. The plant varieties are determined in collaboration with the Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA produce department, and Green City Growers assembles a crop map by season. Set up in zones, from Rain Bird drip irrigation delivers water directly to the roots, minimizing waste. In 2016 Recover Green Roofs installed a hoop house to start from seed on site, which is currently growing kale. All produce from the food roof is grown using all organic farming methods and customers love the wide variety of the fresh, local produce of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on the open air rooftop farm.

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Year: 2013
Owner:
Whole Foods Market
Location:
Lynnfield, MA, USA
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
17000 sq.ft.
Slope:
3%
Access:
Accessible, By Appointment

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Record: Jacobs Consultants, Inc.
Greenroof Consultant & Construction Oversight:
Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Greenroof System:
American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System
Irrigation Design and Construction:
Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Planting and Maintenance:
Green City Growers
General Contractor:
Construction Management & Builders, Inc.
Plant Supplier:
Red Fire Farm
Irrigation System:
Rain Bird
Growing Media:
Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar
Growing Medium Supplier:
Read Custom Soils

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Video & Project of the Week for January 18, 2016: Shanghai Tobacco Factory

January 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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Shanghai Tobacco Factory
Shanghai, China
86,111 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Starting in 2008 with completion in 2012, AS. Architecture-Studio designed and oversaw the construction of two new buildings and restoration of an existing building for the Zhonghua Tobacco Factory, also known as the Shanghai Tobacco Factory, which manufactures luxury cigarettes. Located in the Yangpu District near the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the urban, architectural, and landscape redevelopment of the 106,500 m² site sought to integrate large industrial buildings within a highly urbanized area. A roof garden with a total area of about 8,000 square meters was desired by the client and installed alongside exhaust pipes, cooling towers, and other industrial elements on the roof.

Due to roof construction constraints in addition to summer temperatures over 50 degrees C (122 degrees F), the Modular Greening Unit from Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co was specified, which can also store rainwater. A variety of grasses, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and small trees were planted in a substrate thickness of 35 cm. The colorful shrubs and tall fescue were designed with an interval collocation for tone, in a French romantic style; a sprinkler irrigation system waters the plants once per week. Because of the special features of the building, the insulation layer has a thickness of 50 cm, a waterproofing layer by Sika Sarnafil, and floor tiles cover the remaining area. Taking into account the needs of the plant growth according to the thickness of the matrix, two types of modules were used at 30 cm and 35 cm high. The roof greening project took only 48 days to be completed and AS. Architecture-Studio says “the new buildings fit perfectly into their environment and provide good thermal insulation and reduce energy consumption.” Six months after its completion, colorful, lush plants were blowing in the breeze as a wave travels up and down, as beautiful as a painting.

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Year: 2011
Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Building Type: Industrial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 86,111 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Greenroof Designer: Xia Hong, AS. Architecture-Studio
Modular Greenroof System: Modular Greening Unit, Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co., Ltd
Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Whole-process Investment Supervision: Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd.

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Video & Project of the Week for January 11, 2016: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak Building

January 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/11/16

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak Building
Richmond, VA, USA
4,020 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Designed by VMDO Architects with Siteworks Studio, the walkout terrace located on the 5th floor of the Pollak Building Visual Arts Building at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) serves as a living classroom and provides for an opportunity for the students and faculty to congregate outside. With Roofmeadow as greenroof consultant and Wayne’s Wholesale Nursery supplying the plants, the roof illustrates three different types of green roof planting strategies and depths with conventional (3-4″), meadow (6″), and plants native (12″) to Virginia – the first such green roof in the Commonwealth.

Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the assembly utilizes a Carlisle Garden Roof with Optigreen drainage and growing media, provided by Conservation Technology, over an IRMA roof.  Students from the VCU School of the Arts Department of Interior Design spent a day planting the perennials, grasses and succulents. Corten steel planters were placed randomly in the planting areas. Galvanized grating leads to a new handicap accessible entrance and a 1,500 sf Pennsylvania bluestone patio flanks either side of the grating. VCU installed a 16 foot tall Eddy GT, 1 kW vertical axis wind turbine on the top of the southeast stair tower on the Pollak Building in the spring of 2012 which can be seen from the greenroof.

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Year: 2011
Owner: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Richmond, VA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 4,020 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractor: Prestige Construction
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Plant Installation: 15 Students from the VCU Arts Department of Interior Design
VCU Arts Liaison: Camden Whitehead, Associate Professor of Interior Design
Architect: VMDO Architects
Membrane Assembly: Carlisle Garden Roof
Landscape Architect: Siteworks Studio
Drainage & Growing Media: Optigreen
Optigreen Supplier: Conservation Technology
Greenroof Consulting: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Wayne’s Wholesale Nursery

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