Video & Project of the Week for January 4, 2016: Humber River Hospital

January 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/04/16

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Humber River Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada
141,998 sf. Greenroofs

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Project Description & Details

North America’s first fully digital hospital, Humber River Hospital is a lean, green and digital showcase facility with some of the latest medical technology available today integrated throughout to support excellence in care. The facility serves a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area and the new 1.7 million square foot facility, designed by HDR, Inc. opened in October 2015 and operates 656 beds in 2015/2016, with capacity to expand to 722 beds by 2025/2026. Committed to achieving LEED® Silver certification and tracking LEED Gold, one of the many impressive features in the new Humber River Hospital is the 13,192 square meters of green roofing, visible from a majority of the patient rooms and treatment areas of the hospital. In addition, the gigantic art installations on the north and south facades, titled “Aspen Grove,” are glass murals that recall a colorful woodland scene, representing the harmonization of the hospital with the local community.

Flynn Canada crews completed 140,000 square feet of LiveRoof green roofs spanning over 17 different levels, compiled of 4 inch LiveRoof tray systems. With planting designed by Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada and Kees Govers of LiveRoof Ontario, it was comprised of sedums and perennials, specifically shade-orientated perennials such as Hostas and Bergenia, and grasses and chives for sun areas intermixed with sedum varieties. Planting was designed as sustainable as possible to LEED Sites standards with no potable water to be used in future years. The project was delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement program, where the public and private sectors join forces to provide needed infrastructure for communities. By providing natural beauty and function, the Humber River Hospital green roof contributes to the new healthcare facility’s overall focus on sustainability.

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Year: 2015
Owner: Plenary Healthcare Partnerships
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 141,998 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect and Healthcare Consulting: HDR Inc.
General Contractor: PCL Construction
Roofing, Green Roofing and Sheet Metal Cap Flashing Installation: Flynn Canada Ltd
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof Grower/Supplier: Kees Govers, LiveRoof Ontario
Landscape Architect: Quinn Design Associates
Facilities Management: Johnson Controls
Managed Equipment Services (MES): GE Healthcare
Structural Engineering & Building Envelope Consulting Services: Halsall Associates

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Video & Project of the Week for November 30, 2015: ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall

December 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/30/15

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ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall
Fukuoka, Japan
1,049,406 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Situated in the middle of Fukuoka City, Japan, ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall is a center of international, cultural and information exchange and underneath lies over one million square feet of multipurpose space. Designed by Emilio Ambasz, a pioneer of ecological architecture, the nearly 100,000-square-meter park in the city center was transposed by the architect onto 15 stepped vegetated terraces of the ACROS or “Asian Crossroads Over the Sea.” The very green design provided a solution for a common urban problem: reconciling a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space. The plan for Fukuoka fulfills both needs in one structure by creating an innovative agro-urban model.

Its north face presents an elegant urban facade with a formal entrance appropriate to a building on the most prestigious street in Fukuoka’s financial district. The south side of the Hall extends an existing park through its series of terraced gardens that climb the full height of the building with growing media depths ranging between 12″ and 24″. Along the edge of the park, the building steps up, floor-by-floor, in a stratification of low, landscaped terraces. Each terrace floor contains an array of gardens for meditation, relaxation, and escape from the congestion of the city, while the top terrace becomes a grand belvedere, providing an incomparable view of the bay of Fukuoka and the surrounding mountains. A stepped series of reflecting pools upon the terraces are connected by upwardly spraying jets of water, to create a ladder-like climbing waterfall to mask the ambient noise of the city beyond. Open to the public, ACROS Fukuoka emerges like a lush green mountain and its green stepped garden exterior has become a new landmark for the city.

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Year: 1994
Owner: Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Mitsui Real Estate
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,049,406 sq. ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Public/Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Conceptual Design: Emilio Ambasz, Emilio Ambasz and Associates, Inc.
Associate Architect: Nihon Sekkei
Landscape Architect: Takenaka Corporation
Construction: Takenaka Corporation
Engineer: Takenaka Corporation
Engineering Consultant: Plantago Corporation
System Manufacturer: Katamura Tekko Company
Emilio Ambasz and Associates Photographer: Hiromi Watanabe

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Video & Project of the Week for November 16, 2015: Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion

November 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/16/15

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Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion
Toronto, Canada
102,257 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Sherway Gardens is a large retail shopping mall in Toronto, Canada, which opened in 1971 and Torontonians are most familiar with Sherway’s distinctive white-canopied roof, visible from many vantage points. Having undergone several renovations, Phase 1 of its latest expansion project just opened in September, 2015. Part of a $550 million Canadian dollar project with DIALOG as the Project Architect for the expansion, the 210,000 square foot LEED certified addition added 50 new stores to the mall; a new second level food court that can seat more than 1,000; greatly expanded multi-level parking for 1,200 more vehicles; and more: A green roof was installed on the new north wing, an exciting extension of developer Cadillac Fairview’s “Green at Work” program. It is currently the largest living roof on a free-standing commercial structure in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Xeroflor Canada XF301 Sedum Standard green roof was designed as part of the Stormwater Management Program for the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion. Underground storage cisterns in the parking field were initially required to control stormwater quantity as an additional element. The green roof is visible from the condominium towers at Sherway Gardens Road, and this not only improves the views of the roof of the building to the neighbors in the surrounding community, but the size and storage volume capacity of the green roof offered an opportunity for the required underground cisterns to be reduced in size from the original requirement. Sherway Gardens managers say the XF301 green roof system was chosen because of the key benefits it offers including its lightweight nature and a high “water retention-to-weight ratio.” At a total profile of 65 mm (2.6″), the system weighs 60 kg/m2 (12 psf) at saturation and retains 1.4″ of rainfall with a maximum water storage of 36 l/m2. The 9,500 square meter green roof is not irrigated and is expected to absorb approximately 340,000 liters of rainfall (from bone dry to saturation). Optional stone mulch was added to the green roof adding to this weight and helping to further protect the plants and promote their growth. The vegetated roof puts Sherway Gardens on the cutting edge environmentally and from a bird’s eye view, the Toronto urban landscape is getting greener by the day.

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Year: 2014
Owner: Cadillac Fairview
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 102,257 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect & Planning: Dialog Design
General Contractor:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Roofer:
Bothwell Accurate
Membrane:
IKO – Conventional Roofing Assembly
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Installation: Ginkgo Sustainability
Greenroof System:
XF301 Sedum Standard, Xeroflor Canada

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Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for November 13, 2015: Firestone Building Products

November 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

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Firestone Building Products is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” product portfolio for commercial building performance solutions.

FirestoneBuildingProducts-logoFirestone Building Products meets individual customer and project needs for roofing, wall, landscape, and lining solutions. The company also offers outstanding technical services, an international network of roofing contractors, distributors and field sales representatives, and superior warranty protection.

Firestone’s featured green roofing system is the SkyScape Vegetative Roof Systems which provides a full range of design solutions that are easy to install, meet or exceed all major performance criteria, and are covered by the strength of the Firestone Red Shield Warranty.

To meet the needs of your unique projects, Firestone offers a variety of measurable green roof design solutions:

  • SkyScape Pregrown Modular System features an engineered design of the 15″ x 20″ x 5.75″ module with 4″ media depth that encourages plant growth and provides enhanced stormwater management capabilities.
  • SkyScape Extensive System (less than 6″ media depth). This meadow-like, easy-to-install vegetative roof also serves as a functional stormwater management platform.
  • SkyScape Semi-Intensive System (6-8″ media depth). This system features deeper media, allowing for a truly designed rooftop landscape and more complex plants than an Extensive System.
  • SkyScape Intensive System (8″ and greater media depth). Intensive Systems allow for the most creative rooftop garden designs, with seemingly unlimited options.

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