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
Greenroofs.com Publisher

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
Greenroofs.com Publisher

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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Project of the Week for February 22, 2016: Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden

February 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/22/16

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Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden
Singapore
2,487 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Description & Details

Designed by Grant Associates as masterplanners of the multi award-winning 54-hectare Bay South Garden, the underlying concept of Gardens by the Bay are the principles of environmental sustainability, bringing to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. Opened in 2012, the project has been acclaimed worldwide for its remarkable blend of nature, technology, environmental management and imagination, and is a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that brings the world of plants to Singapore and presents Singapore to the World.

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Situated along the waterfront, the Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden was completed in 2015, also designed by Grant Associates along with Gardens by the Bay landscape consultants. The one-hectare mix of play area offers experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top adventure trails, topiary pergola arches, and the Shade and Outdoor Amphitheatre – all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir. Covering various rooftops here are several greenroofs with a variety of tropical plants. The lush greenery which spans across the Garden’s roofs is enabled by the Elmich Lightweight Green Roof System. This system incorporates a revolutionary new medium, EnviroMix® PB, which was combined with a regular soil layer on top to form an ultra-lightweight growing media for plants. Andrew Grant, director, of Grant Associates says, “The Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay creates play opportunities that are not found elsewhere in Singapore that connect children to nature via technology, art and horticulture.” The Children’s Garden is just one part of the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, created as a beautiful, sustainable, and green legacy for future generations to enjoy.

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Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Year: 2015
Owner:
Gardens by the Bay
Location:
Singapore
Building Type:
Multi-Use
Type:
Commercial
System:
Single-Source Provider
Size:
2,487 sq.ft.
Slope:
2-4%
Access:
Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design and Landscape Architect: Grant Associates
Landscape Consultant: Gardens by the Bay
Main Contractor: Swee Hong
Greenroof System: Elmich Lightweight Green Roof System
Landscape Contractor: Tropic Planners & Landscape Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Growing Media: EnviroMix® PB, Elmich Pte Ltd
Distributor & Supplier of EnviroMix® PB: Elmich Pte Ltd
Project Manager: PMLink
Quantity Surveyor: Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd
Lighting Consultants: LPA Inc.
Irrigation Consultants: WET Pte Ltd
Play Equipment: Play Point Singapore Pte Ltd
Treehouses: Carve
Original Concepts for Water Play: Howeler & Yoon
Water Play: CT-Art Creation Pte Ltd
Topiaries Contractor: Candy Floriculture Pte Ltd

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

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Watch Greenroofs.com’s 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!

February 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Now that 2015 has come to a close and the fall conferences are over, we’d like to share our 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint as a video on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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Haven Kiers, our Design Editor, and I presented it last year at CitiesAlive in fabulous New York City and I flew solo with the presentation in gorgeous, lush Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference.

2015 was our ninth year of compiling our dynamic Top 10 List, and you know we systematically search the globe high and low to highlight exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Sometimes part newsworthy, spectacular, even fantastical, these forward-thinking designs and designers offer unforgettable projects that need to be celebrated.

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompassed trends from across the globe that had been building momentum for the past few years in our design profession, such as:

Beekeeping on the roof:

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Brooklyn Grange Farm #2; Image: ©Anastasia Cole Plakias/Brooklyn Grange

And mega projects designed to increase the health and well-being of their occupants:

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Connecta Office Park; Image: Groncol

As usual, we start out with a couple of projects that for some reason or another just couldn’t quite make it in our Top 10 List…and then we go on to the real thing!

We always have a great time sharing our annual list of trending categories and far-flung projects from across the world, and we hope you enjoy it here:

I hope to see many of you in person at a physical conference this year where Haven and I will be presenting our 2016 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  And if not, I hope we’ll connect online and via social media for our upcoming Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2017 in about a year from now.

Until then, see you soon, and remember to:

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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