Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for December 11, 2017: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

December 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
5,716 sf greenroof

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Note: The video Land in the Sky: The Rooftop Garden at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto by Kelsey Carriere is playing at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit through December.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: December 11, 2017

Mini Description & Details

Designed by LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) and located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) offers social and culture-based services for aboriginal children and families with a strong sense of environmental stewardship. NCFST decided to install a green roof, rather than a conventional one, to facilitate traditional Aboriginal culture in their urban setting and received $26,550 in funding from the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program.

Designed by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, its living roof has a healing lodge and fire circle, surrounded by a lush roof garden of varied native perennials, shrubs, and trees. Bioroof Systems provided the materials and expertise to create a plant palette that would be instantly recognizable to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) who lived on the land that would become Toronto five centuries later.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

The plant palette includes the traditional Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe and Algonquin) medicines: cedar, sweet grass, sacred tobacco and sage, which are harvested regularly for ceremony. At the core of the plantings is a garden of corn, beans and squash known as “The Three Sisters.”

The gardens are not just symbolic, they provide an opportunity for the city children and youth visiting the centre to learn firsthand about traditional horticulture and life ways. As well as an open air classroom, the roof is also a meeting place for the community. The accessible areas have been built with soft surface play areas, natural log seating, a fire pit, and green “teaching hills.”

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

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The heart of the roof is the Healing Lodge, a structure influenced by the traditional Anishinaabe Sweat Lodge. These special spaces are used both formally and informally for public assemblies and ceremonies, drumming and circle sessions and for counseling, meetings and playtime. Today, four stories above the streets of Canada’s largest city, the Native Child and Family Services Centre’s green roof is forging a living link with a country’s history and a people’s traditions.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Year: 2010
Owner:
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Building
Type: Non-Profit
Type:
Semi-Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
5716 sq.ft.
Slope:
1%
Access:
Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects)
Landscape Architect: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.
Green Roof System & Manufacturer: Bioroof Systems
General Contractor: Boszko and Verity
Green Roof Installation: Living Architectural Contracting Inc.
Water Retention Panel: GR32 Green Roof System, Green Innovations
Growing Media: Landsource Organix Ltd.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

All the Info:

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Greenroofs.com Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 12/11/17 video photo credits: Photography by Ben Rahn, courtesy of LGA Architectural Partners and FORREC Ltd.; Bioroof Systems; and Kelsie Carriere.

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Video & Project of the Week for May 12, 2014: 328 Euclid

May 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/12/14

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328 Euclid
Toronto, Canada
2,000 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Envisioned to maintain a small footprint on the lot, 328 Euclid is a residential house designed by two architects (Janna Levitt and Dean Goodman from LGA Architectural Partners) who are also the homeowners. The first single family home in Toronto to incorporate green roofs, its design has been studied by the City for its many green building strategies; the property handles all stormwater on site.

Gardens in the Sky was called in to design the multi-level green roof while they were still in preliminary design stages which allowed some influence in both the design and size of the parapet walls. The result was a roof that was completely green from parapet to parapet. This was especially important on the second floor roof because the client/architect had designed their bedroom to open onto the green roof, giving them a sense of living in a garden. The roof is composed of three different sections: the lower roof which is in total shade is comprised of Equisetum (Horse Tail Grass) and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’; the second floor roof has plants that do well in either full sun or half sun / half shade and include Switch Grass (‘Heavy Metal’), Carex (Black), Coreopsis, Lavender, Bergenia cordifolia, and Hosta sieboldiana; and the top roof is composed of all Sedums (S. album, S. acre, S. kamschaticum, S. matrona, S. spurium and S. ‘Autumn Joy’). The top roof is watered through drip irrigation three times a week, the second floor is watered by hand once a week and the lower roof is watered occasionally, but because it is in the shade it is does not have a consistent need for watering.

Year: 2005
Owner: Janna Levitt and Dean Goodman
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 2,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Janna Levitt and Dean Goodman, LGA Architectural Partners
Greenroof Design/Build & Contractor: Terry McGlade, Gardens in the Sky (now Flynn Canada)
General Contractor: Boszko & Verity Inc.
Structural Engineering: G.D. Jewell Engineering Inc.
Lighting Design: in collaboration with Castor Design

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