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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Video & Project of the Week for October 19, 2015: Levi’s Stadium

October 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/19/15

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

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Project Description & Details

Scheduled to host Super Bowl 50 next February 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.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Publisher’s Note: Levi’s® Stadium is 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.”

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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

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff California Architects
General Contractor: Turner Devcon, A Joint Venture
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Solar Design & Installation: NRG Solar
Solar Design & Installation: SunPower Corp.

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Video & Project of the Week for October 12, 2015: McKinley High School (PS 305)

October 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/12/15

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McKinley High School (PS 305)
Buffalo, NY, USA
2,360 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Located in Buffalo, New York, McKinley High School PS 305 is comprehensive, selective, and the only public vocational high school for horticulture and the construction trades in the district. Modernized in 2012, the McKinley High School reconstruction was part of the $1.4 billion Buffalo Public Schools Reconstruction Program aimed at modernizing the city school system. Designed by CannonDesign, the existing 40,000-square-foot building was renovated along with a new 13,000-square-foot addition, including a green roof over the one story addition adjacent to the interior courtyard.

Stormwater management in this area was a prime factor in the design. Designed by Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, the green roof not only introduced the much needed management system to the district, but also created a unique and dynamic viewing element from every level of the addition with its four distinct patterns of yellow, red, blue and white. Carlisle SynTec Systems, manufacturer of the structural roof’s waterproof membrane, recommended the modular Hydropack® green roof system from Vegetal i.D. With four inches of growing medium, its fully saturated weight is 18 pounds per square foot. The other green infrastructure solutions feature a 1,700-square-foot rain garden, 695 square feet of permeable pavers for the new building entry and courtyard, and a 3,000-gallon cistern under the courtyard to collect excess runoff from the green roof and permeable pavers.

The project’s landscape architect, Joy Kuebler, said “The green roof is essential in the project’s green infrastructure for stormwater management. We could not have met the state mandates without it. More than functional, the green roof is a landscape feature that enlivens the everyday environment of the school. It is a living showcase of green infrastructure.”

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Year: 2012
Owner: Buffalo Public Schools
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,360 sq. ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect and Structural Engineer: CannonDesign
General Contractor: LPCiminelli
Landscape Architect and Green Roof Designer: Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC
Roofing Contractor and Green Roof Installer: Joseph A. Sanders & Sons, Inc.
Green Roof Consultant, Manufacturer and Maintenance: Vegetal i.D.
Roof Components / Waterproofing System: Carlisle SynTec TPO 60 mil and a PVC slip sheet
Greenroof System: Vegetal i.D. Hydropack®
Pavers: RubberForm recycled Rubber Paver Tiles

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