Video & Project of the Week for October 13, 2014: The Cloak – Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport

October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/13/14

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‘The Cloak’ – Te Kaitaka –
Auckland International Airport
The District, Auckland, New Zealand
2,250 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The District is New Zealand’s ultimate business location in the heart of the growing urban environment at Auckland International Airport, offering the ability to work, play, rest, shop, dine, and fly. Fearon Hay Architects were selected to create a flexible space for hosting events and meetings plus introduce the strategy and opportunities behind the developing precinct. ‘The Cloak,’ or Te Kaitaka in Maori, is a 208m2 greenroof meeting a copper mesh ‘cloak’ screen shrouding two walls of the showcase building positioned in the centre of the airport’s new business district.

The contoured living greenroof was established over a shaped engineered timber frame, providing the shoulders from which an encircling and distinctive woven mesh screen forms, creating The Cloak. With some roof faces up to 30 degree pitch, the greenroof application in an exposed location required technical design expertise and LiveRoof‘s pre-vegetated 150mm deep extensive system was selected by Stormwater360. Working with engineers to develop a lateral support system on the 20+ degree roof faces, they used mechanically fixed perforated aluminum ‘Roof Edge’ to support the loads. Plant selection to match Fearon Hay’s brief as well as sustain the steep slopes and windy conditions was also a technical task. This was achieved using a selection of pre-trialed native New Zealand grasses, groundcovers and sedum plants pre-grown in the LiveRoof® modules for a four month period prior to installation. The architecture of ‘The Cloak’ – Te Kaitaka – demonstrates innovative design and sustainable operation.

Year: 2013
Owner: Auckland Airport
Location: The District, Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Aviation
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,250 sq.ft.
Slope: 38%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof® Supplier: Stormwater360 New Zealand
Grower: Stormwater360
Installation: Stormwater360
Growing Medium: LiveRoof™ by Stormwater360 New Zealand
Architect: Fearon Hay Architects
Structure: Mott MacDonald, Warner Brunton
Fabricator ‘Cloak Fabrication & Installation’: Cameron McAuley & Justin Groves, Design Productions
General Contractor: Brian Hutton & Rob Anderson, Alaska Construction Ltd.
Project Manager: Bruce McDonald & Lisa Bryan, RCP Ltd.

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Video & Project of the Week for August 25, 2014: Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof

August 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/25/14

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Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof
Toronto, Canada
36,760 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The multi-award winning Nathan Phillips Square (NPS) is Toronto’s premier public space and civic gathering place, a leading tourist attraction for the city, and a national and provincial landmark. The design competition to revitalize NPS was won by the design team of PLANT Architect, Perkins+Will Shore Tilbe Architects and Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture in part based on providing a publicly accessible green roof on the podium roof. The new 2.7-acre upper-level urban plaza garden is now a vibrant, active space and Canada’s largest accessible living roof.

From the start the Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof was designed to be grown and installed in a modular system. Grown at the LiveRoof Ontario nursery, it employs a combination of 6″ deep LiveRoof® Deep System Modules and 4″ deep LiveRoof® Standard Modules. Twenty-two different plant blends include grasses, sedums and perennials in a kaleidoscope of colors. The design consists of three formal conditions: a sedum mosaic, a paved courtyard that frames the curved chamber and a deck cafe that occupies the prow. The perimeter garden is treated as a field in purple, pink, yellow/orange and green sedums. Installed by general contractor Flynn Canada Ltd., new landscaped gardens, courtyards, terraces, furniture and walkways provide unique views of downtown from this urban oasis in the heart of the city. Every year, over 1.5 million visitors attend a variety of community and special events hosted here.

Year: 2009
Owner: City of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 36,760 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design: PLANT Architect Inc. & Perkins+Will Shore Tilbe Irwin Architects w/ Adrian Blackwell, Urban Projects
LiveRoof Distributor & Grower: Kees Govers, BSc (Agr), LiveRoof Ontario Inc.
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Landscape Architect: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Waterproofing: CCW by Carlisle
Drainage: Miradrain by Carlisle
Soils Consultant: Urban Trees + Soil
Heritage Consultant: Blanche Lemko van Ginkel
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.

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Video & Project of the Week for March 24, 2014: The Rapid Central Station

March 27, 2014 at 12:54 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/24/14

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The Rapid Central Station
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. After extensive remediation in 2004, the $22.7 million Rapid Central Station is the first U.S. transportation facility to receive LEED® certification. Constructed on a reclaimed brownfield site, the 51,000 sf station was inspired by the Grand River rapids and features a white undulating fiberglass roof structure over the 17-bus platform. A green roof covers the majority of the adjacent Surface Transportation Center building, located on two separate sections of the roof.

An unsuccessful carpet type green roof installed originally in 2004 was replaced by LiveRoof in 2008. The lower roof features the LiveRoof Standard Modular Green Roof System with a 4″ soil depth and due to weight restrictions, the upper roof uses a modified lightweight system, the LiveRoof X-Lite, which is 2.5″ deep. The plant mix is the same for both levels, and includes these Sedum varieties: Sedum album ‘Athoum’, S. ellacombianum, S. floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’, S. hybridum ‘Immergrunchen’, S. reflexum ‘Green Spruce’, S. rupestre ‘Angelina’, S. sexangulare, S. spurium ‘Green Mantle’, S. spurium ‘Royal Pink’, and S. spurium ‘Voo Doo’.

Join LiveRoof and other industry leaders at the Grand Rapids Green Roof Market Development Symposium this Thursday, March 27, 2014.

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Year: 2008
Owner: Interurban Transit Partnership
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 16,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Progressive AE
Landscape Architect: Progressive AE
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Installation: Katerberg Verhage Landscaping
Waterproofing System: EPDM by Firestone
Slip Sheet Product: EPDM by Firestone
Grower: Hortech / LiveRoof LLC
Construction Management: The Christman Company
Engineer: Wendel Duchscherer

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Greenroof Project of the Week for January 6, 2014: Mt Difficulty Winery Wine Barrel Store

January 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/6/14

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Mt Difficulty Winery Wine Barrel Store
Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
9,688 sq. ft Greenroof

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 Project Description & Details

New Zealand’s Central Otago Pinot Noir is a world renown drop of red and Mt Difficulty Wines are sure to feature right up there in many a decent wine list. Due to the increasing popularity of their wine, Mt Difficulty had to scale up their boutique winery to cope with the demand. Designed as a low energy input winery, Mt Difficulty Winery vineyards are managed in a way that reflects their commitment to be as gentle with the environment as possible.

The brief for the new barrel store was to create a temperature controlled and environmentally conscious space that would fit into the surrounding Central Otago landscape. The resulting building is an earth toned exposed aggregate pre-cast panel construction buried back into the hillside with a vegetated living roof by LiveRoof covering the entire 900m2 roof footprint. Stormwater360 developed and installed a palette of grasses suited to the lightweight pumice based growing medium and mixed in locally sourced thyme for aromatics and sedum for color. The roof can be viewed looking down from the Mt Difficulty restaurant and tasting room while enjoying a glass your favorite wine.

Year: 2012
Owner: Mt Difficulty Wines
Location: Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 9,688 sq.ft.
Slope: 1.6%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof® Supplier: Stormwater360, New Zealand
Grower: Central Otago Property Services
Installation: Stormwater360
Growing Medium: UrbanGreen Roofmix, Stormwater360
Architectural Designer: Wild Rooster Design

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~ Linda V.