Project of the Week for April 4, 2016: International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

April 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/04/16

International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) – Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
12,600 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Description & Details

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Created in 1939, the International Institute of Tropical Forestry is a research and technology transfer institute located in Puerto Rico, part of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The IITF serves as a focal point for bringing external research and educational resources to bear on issues affecting tropical forests and grasslands and recently underwent a long restoration of its headquarters complex. With stormwater and urban heat island mitigation as goals, the new LEED-Gold Institute has 50,000 square feet of modern, state-of-the-art facilities that include a green, pervious parking lot; rainwater harvesting; retention ponds; and a green roof research station.

Architect Jeannette Rullán from RMA Architects, green roof consultant David L. Aponte from PRGD, and USDA engineer Juan Vissepó designed the green roofs as an experimental intervention that would further the understanding in hydrological, thermal, and ecological behavior and benefits in a sub-tropical scenario. Test green roofs were installed on four buildings and sub-divisioning resulted in 7 green roofs and 1 cool roof. A total of 22 species were used – around 16,000 plugs, with some seeds. Materials used include: Firestone 90 mil EPDM membrane; ZinCo green roof material; and Rooflite extensive growing media. Four cisterns collect 6,800 gallons of harvested stormwater, used for general cleaning and irrigation, including the green roofs when necessary. The monitoring scheme compiles the green roofs’ effectiveness regarding balances of energy, water, and nutrients with two Campbell weather stations to monitor air temperature, humidity, wind speed, impact energy, and rain. Sensors were placed on the ground surface, inside the volume of the soil, and the roof surface – on both cool and green roofs, for a total of 80 sensors. During the hottest times of the day, the green roof temperature is about 10° F cooler than ambient temperature. The differences in temperature between the green roof and ambient temperature mean less burden on the internal control of the temperature of the building and therefore result in energy savings on this iconic, historic building site.

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Year: 2012
Owner: USDA Forest Service
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 12,600 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Restoration Lead: Juan Vissepó, Engineer, IITF
Restoration Architect: Jeannette Rullán, RMA Architects
Green Roof Specialist: David L Aponte, President, PRGD Inc.
Greenroof System: Nick Smith, ZinCo USA
Waterproofing: Firestone Waterproofing Products
Growing Media: Peter Philippi, rooflite
Collection and Analysis of Green Roofs: David Aponte Dones
Original Architect: William Ellis (W. Ellis) Groben, US Forestry Service

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

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Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

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Project of the Week for March 28, 2016: Rutgers University NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Living Wall

March 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/28/16

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Rutgers University NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Living Wall
New Brunswick, NJ, USA
1,320 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Designed by Ballinger, the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) underscores the commitment of Rutgers University to new transformational initiatives across the many disciplines impacting food, nutrition, and health. Completed in mid 2015, their new $55 million, 80,000 square foot academic building boasts expansive glass façades and many collaborative spaces. And the largest interior living wall in New Jersey resides here with 46 species and over 5,200 plants covering 1,320 square feet of wall space. Designed and manufactured by EcoWalls, the living wall is adorned with low-light tropical plants and spans the three floors of the building, measuring 40’ high and 33’ long.

The design intent of the IFNH Living Wall was to promote health and wellness by connecting the building’s inhabitants with nature in an unexpected way, creating a space that was soothing and reflective while maintaining their mission and exploiting the holistic benefits of living plants to improve the aesthetic and overall biologic nature of the built environment. The living wall was intended to be an interactive feature of the building, becoming a teaching tool and destination for multiple courses on campus. The IFNH Living Wall was designed as a 100% water efficient landscape, reclaiming, treating, and reusing all excess irrigation water. Each EcoWall module was pre-grown at the EcoWalls greenhouse for about 8 weeks prior to site construction with Parker Plants, the EcoWall Certified Installer & Maintenance Technician, offering Rutgers a turn-key solution with an established and acclimated living wall with a diverse plant pallet. Located in the central corridor of the building, the living wall is a breathtaking backdrop for all who travel the floating stairway between levels.

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Year: 2015
Owner: Rutgers University
Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,320 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Ballinger
Building Concept Design: Woods Bagott
Construction: Natoli
Greenwall Design: Michael A. Coraggio and Ryan M. Burrows, EcoWalls, LLC
Modular Greenwall System: The EcoWall, Living Wall System, EcoWalls, LLC
EcoWall Certified Installer & Maintenance Technician: Parker Plants
Grower & Installation: EcoWalls, LLC

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

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Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

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Project of the Week for March 21, 2016: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Hardin Visitors Center

March 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/21/16

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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Hardin Visitors Center
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
4,500 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Project of the Week Description & Details

Comprising 30 acres, the mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment, composed of a number of smaller themed indoor and outdoor gardens. Completed in the spring of 2010, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Green Expansion Plan was a large-scale expansion project which doubled the size of the Garden while modernizing them at the same time. A number of new facilities constructed include the 600-foot-long Kendeda Canopy Walk providing visitors a journey through the treetops of Storza Woods, the Edible Garden featuring an outdoor kitchen and greenwall with a wide variety of flowering herbs, and the LEED Gold Allen and Gail Hardin Visitors Center. Now facing Piedmont Park, the Visitor Center provides a beautiful new entry experience for visitors and both extensive and intensive greenroofs cover nearly half of its roof area.

EDAW (now AECOM) provided landscape design for the new entrance, LEED Gold SAGE parking deck, and Visitor Center. The Garden Roof Assembly from American Hydrotech was specified, using Stalite PermaTill® growing media. The two inaccessible extensive greenroofs can be seen from the second level balcony, and visitors can walk out onto the intensive greenroof outside which meets grade on the upper level and stroll the paths. Providing additional garden area for visitors and even new wildlife habitat, a wide variety of shrubs, grasses, trees, and perennials were designed to provide color and interest in all seasons, and informational signage pertaining to the greenroofs can be found here as well. Runoff is filtered and an underground 100,000-gallon water cistern harvests stormwater from the seven-acre watershed and provides irrigation for 40% of the new gardens.

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Year: 2009
Owner: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Non-Profit
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Jova/Daniels/Busby
General Contractor: Hardin Construction Company
Project Manager: Silverman Construction Program Management
Landscape Architect: EDAW
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Growing Media: Stalite PermaTill®
Growing Media Supplier: ItSaul Natural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
Windows and Curtain Wall: Kawneer

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

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Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

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Project of the Week for March 7, 2016: Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Truck Plant

March 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/07/16

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Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Truck Plant
Dearborn, MI, USA
454,000 sq.ft. sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Publisher’s Note:  In tribute to the passing of Xero Flor founder Wolfgang Behrens last week, we are honoring his memory by highlighting this Ford Motor Company’s famous greenroof.  Read more at In Memoriam: Wolfgang K. Behrens, Founder of XeroFlor Green Roofs by Clayton Rugh and In Memoriam: Wolfgang Behrens, the Father of Green Roofs by Joy Schmidt.

Project of the Week Description & Details

In 2000, the 600-acre, $2 billion Ford Rouge Center near Dearborn, Michigan, underwent major redevelopment of its 1917 complex, laying the groundwork for sustainable manufacturing at one of the world’s largest and oldest industrial icons. With William McDonough + Partners as design architects, numerous pilots of advanced environmental concepts were constructed alongside the nation’s largest ecologically inspired living roof on the new assembly plant. In 2004, the 10.4 acre Ford Truck Plant green roof was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest living roof and helped jump-start the early North American green roof industry.

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

The green roof was a critical part of the overall comprehensive landscaped system plan, and after visiting Germany, pre-vegetated mats from Xero Flor using the drainage component from Bonar (formerly Colbond) were chosen by Bill McDonough and team due to their thin and light properties. They were installed with just 1.25 inches of growing medium integrated into the mats, and weigh less than ten pounds per square foot when fully saturated. The original mats retain a very healthy appearance with a dynamic mix of plant varieties. The most recent plant coverage study, conducted in 2010 by Michigan State University, found that 13 of the 15 original species were thriving with 93 to 98 percent coverage of hearty vegetation sprawling across the roof. In addition to serving as a habitat for nesting birds, the green roof provides insulation for the truck plant, and according to Ford, it keeps the roof an estimated 10 degrees warmer in winter and 10 degrees cooler in summer, reducing energy costs significantly. The River Rouge Plant is open for tours and visitors can see the living roof from an 80-foot observation deck atop the LEED® Gold Certified Visitor Center.

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Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Year: 2003
Owner:
Ford Motor Company
Location:
Dearborn, MI, USA
Building Type:
Industrial
Type:
Extensive, Test/Research
System:
Custom
Size:
454000 sq.ft.
Slope:
1.5%
Access:
Inaccessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect: William McDonough + Partners
Vegetated Mats: Xero Flor
Architect of Record, Civil MEP and Structural Engineers: Arcadis Giffels
Construction Manager: Walbridge Aldinger
Project Manager: Joy Schmidt, Vitaroofs International (formerly Xero Flor Canada Ltd.)
Research Support: Michigan State University, Department of Crop & Soil Science and Department of Horticulture
Stormwater Consultant: Cahill Associates
Vegetation Consultant: Wildtype Native Plants
Plant Suppliers: Hortech, Inc., Walters Gardens, Inc., Xero Flor America, LLC.
Waterproofing: Siplast
Roof Membrane Installer: Christen Detroit
Drainage: Bonar (formerly Colbond, Inc.)

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

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