Project of the Week for August 28, 2017: Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

August 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/28/17

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Independence Blue Cross Living Wall
Philadelphia, PA, USA
544 sf Greenwall

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Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Philadelphia’s 1901 Market Street, corporate headquarters for Independence Blue Cross (IBC), underwent a 5-year, complete building modernization with sustainability in mind from Meyer Architects. This included the overhaul of the Market Street frontage expansion at the ground floor. Aside from the site’s interior renovations, IBC also gave its outdoor plaza space a ‘green face-lift.’ The previous space was segmented and masked, plants had outgrown their space, and the plaza terminated at a tiered concrete wall of weeds that loomed over seating areas. This renovation was awarded with two TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards from BOMA Philadelphia (Building Owners and Managers Association), and nothing more visually states a company’s green branding than installing two exterior 18 feet tall living walls!

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Designed by manufacturer and grower Plant Connection, a curvilinear design of overlapping arcs freely flows through both walls. Since the plaza is surrounded by tall buildings that cast shadows and bounce light, a planting palette suitable for shade was chosen with seasonal interest. The two G-O2 Living Walls span a total of 32 feet and provide a splendid visual contrast to the richly colored Trespa panel accent wall that surrounds it.

New paving, complete with IBC’s inlaid logo medallion and recessed LED lighting, runs throughout and visually connects the buildings overlooking the space. Serpentine tiered seating extends from the wall and allows visitors to appreciate the living wall plantings up close and the green walls are segmented by recessed LED lighting that aligns with other design elements. IBC added life and beauty to its outdoor plaza which provides a visual statement of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Now, 1901 Market Street is wide open with welcoming views to its lush living walls. Building occupants have verdant views to the living walls below, and plaza visitors can take a refreshing break outside in an inviting space.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Year: 2016
Owner: Independence Blue Cross
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 544 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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The previous conditions at 1901 Market Street.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Meyer Architects
Structural Engineer: O’Donnell & Naccarato
MEP/Civil Engineer: Pennoni Associates
Landscape Architect: Pennoni Associates
General Construction: The Riff Group
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection
Maintenance: Ambius

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

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Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/28/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross Facebook page; Meyer Architects; Pennoni Associates, The Riff Group, and Plant Connection.

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Video & Project of the Week for July 14, 2014: Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World

July 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/14/14

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Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney,
Walt Disney World

Orlando, FL, USA
1,800 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Planted in May and located just past one of the main pedestrian entrances to Disney Main Street, Orlando, the new Starbucks green roof highlights the facade of its 500th LEED store, not only bringing the many benefits green roofs offer to the surrounding environment but also providing an opportunity for visitors to view close up imagination- and sustainability-inspired design. Senior Designer for Starbucks, David Daniels’? vision of the green roof atop the new store grew from an idea and conceptual poster to a thriving, tropical lemongrass sustainable ecosystem. Inside are 70-inch digital display panels with built-in cameras, a moss Starbucks siren sculpture by Paloma Teppa, reclaimed wood and LED store lights. Outside, LED green roof lighting accentuates the green roof during Disney Main Street?s lively nights.

Kevin Songer of MetroVerde designed the green roof with their hurricane strength system.  Irrigated with a micro-drip system during summer droughts, the 1,800 sf Starbucks Disney Orlando green roof is planted with lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus. Cradle to cradle sustainability is woven throughout the green roof system and plantings. Coffee grounds are saved from daily store operations, recycled through composting and used to feed the green roof plants. Soil media for the green roof was developed through the University of Central Florida?’s Stormwater Management Academy by Dr. Marty Wanielista and Mike Hardin. The green roof plants attenuate and filter stormwater runoff, helping to protect the adjacent Lake Buena Vista water bodies. Over the next year, Starbucks and Disney will bring four more Starbucks locations to guests.

Year: 2014
Owner: Starbucks Corporation
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,800 sq.ft.
Grade: 5%
Access:
 Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Project Designer: David Daniels, Starbucks Senior Designer
General Contractor:
 
Chris Elfrink, Elfrink Construction
Green Roof System: Hurricane Design by Kevin Songer, MetroVerde Green Roofs
Roofing Contractor and MetroVerde Green Roof System Installer: Jimmy Sterling and Tad Davis, Sterling Roofing
Roofing System: Johns Manville
Growing Media: Mike Hardin and Dr. Marty Wanielista, University of Central Florida, Stormwater Management Academy
Green Roof Plants: Rodney Rubright, Springhill Nursery

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