Video & Project of the Week for September 28, 2015: Carnegie Hall Weill Roof Terrace

September 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm Project of the Week: 9/28/15


Carnegie Hall Weill Roof Terrace
New York, NY, USA
10,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Commissioned by Andrew Carnegie and designed by New York City architect William Burnet Tuthill, this national historic landmark and vital cultural center was completed in 1891. Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians to the world stage with its remarkable architectural design and incredible legacy. Led by Iu & Bibliowicz Architects, the renowned music venue recently embarked on the Studio Towers Renovation Project to create new educational and green spaces. Among these renovations is the Weill Roof Terrace on the 9th floor adjacent to the new Resnick Education Wing, offering concertgoers, performers, teachers and staff a green place to gather and support the Hall’s many programs.

With OLIN Partnership leading the 10,000 sf green roof project from design to specification to installation, dedication and teamwork between Sponzilli Landscape Group, rooflite, and everyone involved proved to be a key factor in transforming this historic building. OLIN’s design provides a spacious activity area surrounded by lawn and seating areas. Through the glass railing guests are offered a birds-eye view of the busy Manhattan streets below. The design also features shallow planter areas with perennials which surround the skylights, and deep planters using the ZinCo USA system containing 21 tall trees which work as a buffer between the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The rooflite team custom tailored a growth medium to support a diverse plant palette including maple trees up to 35 feet tall. The legendary 124-year old Carnegie Hall achieved LEED Silver certification as well as compliance with the NYC Green Buildings Law. The addition of the Weill Terrace at Carnegie Hall has truly created a unique and dynamic urban landscape which has become the perfect gathering place to enjoy the sights and sounds of this fabulous city.

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Year: 2013
Owner: The City of New York, managed by The Carnegie Hall Corporation
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 10,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Original Architect: William Burnet Tuthill
Studio Towers Renovation Project Architect: Natan Bibliowicz, Iu & Bibliowicz Architects
Landscape Architect: OLIN Partnership
Green Roof Contractor: Daniel Sponzilli, Landscape Director, Sponzilli Landscape Group
Growing Media: rooflite® Certified Green Roof Media
Soil Blender: Laurel Valley Soils
Green Roof System: Various green roof system build ups, Semi-intensive, Applications with Turf & with Perennials, Deep System Applications with tall Trees
Technology Partner: Siemens
General Contractor: Tishman Construction
Intensive Beds/ Lawn/ Courtyard System: ZinCo USA


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Video & Project of the Week for February 23, 2015: 23-Story Atrium Living Wall

February 24, 2015 at 12:00 am Project of the Week: 2/23/15


23-Story Atrium Living Wall
New York, NY, USA
1,920 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

One block from the Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan, the private client was beginning an extensive renovation of their commercial office space including a complete overhaul of their 23-story atrium lobby. Though impressive, the space was very stark and cold and they wanted to make the space more welcoming to visitors and building occupants. Gensler, the architecture firm designing the renovation, suggested literally “enlivening” the space with a large-scale living wall to provide a focal point of living artwork as the backdrop to a public seating and gathering area and the front security desk. Plant Connection installed a 32′ tall by 60′ wide interior G-O2 green wall – NYC’s largest to date (as of 2012).

The existing wall of the atrium consisted of recessed and louvered cutouts, making it problematic for attaching the living wall components. The architects devised a solution of building a freestanding wall in front of the actual atrium wall. Plant Connection’s green wall designer, Sabrina Buttitta, designed an organic tapestry of plants to balance the magnitude of the 23-story corporate atrium. The 1,920 SF living wall is home to 11,673 plants, and the plant palette was carefully chosen to meet several goals. The plants had to have similar lighting, watering, and fertilization requirements. They also needed to have enough contrast in color and texture to create the “Living Tapestry” design for the living mural. Because of its size, this living wall is comprised of 12 distinct irrigation zones with an irrigation clock, which allows for individual programming of each zone separately. In 2013, the 23-Story Atrium Living Wall project won two awards from the Plantscape Industry Alliance, the Award of Excellence and the Judge’s Choice Award for top overall project.

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

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,920 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection, Inc.
Architect: Gensler
Installation: Sponzilli Landscape Group
Maintenance: Parker Plants


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Video & Project of the Week for January 26, 2015: 41 BOND

January 27, 2015 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 1/26/15


New York, NY, USA
3,000 sf. Greenroofs and Planted Terraces & Boxes


Project Description & Details

Developed, designed, constructed and property managed by DDG, 41 BOND is a small boutique residential building situated in Manhattan’s exclusive Noho district, steps away from Soho, Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Nolita. Elegant residences consist of townhomes with floor-through residences and duplexes with extensive landscaped exteriors. Integrating historic details with modern design innovations, each home in the 8-story luxury residential building offers open living spaces with abundant natural light and 32-foot long landscaped balconies for private outdoor space.

Working on an interdisciplinary team led by DDG, Future Green Studio provided landscape design and installation for the building façade, entrance canopy, a rear garden, a patio garden, extensive green roof and several landscaped terraces. Each of these pieces was carefully articulated to be seamlessly interwoven with the architecture rather than functioning as separate, disparate elements. Using several growing media blends from rooflite®, plantings from the deep set window boxes and parapet planters – plus the building’s top-floor greenroof and its small street-level cantilevered marquee – reveal how 41 BOND celebrates nature inside and out and is a welcome respite from the city’s dense built environment.

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Year: 2011
Owner: DDG
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
3,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% – Varies
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG
Waterproofing Membrane: Division 7 Inc.
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Architect of Record: H. Thomas O’Hara (HTO Architect)
Growing Media: rooflite®


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~ Linda V.

Support Awesome Kickstarter Venture: Chris Wark, Our Energy Editor, Just Launched P-Pods by Ponix!

August 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Based in Manhattan, Christopher Wark has been‘s Energy Editor since 2010 (see his excellent column, including his seven-part series entitled “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof“).


After years of research, Chris and wife Wendy Amengual Wark have just launched their new venture, P-Pods by Ponix, on Kickstarter, and with only 16 days to go, they need our support!

They are looking for backers, both large AND small.  As you may know, Kickstarter promotes campaigns that have more backers, not more money pledged, so if they can get 100 people to pledge even $1.00, that would help get the campaign noticed.

So, what is a P-Pod?


P-Pods are mini-greenhouses that work in areas as small as 3 square feet!  The P-Pods’ versatile, portable design protect from wind, insulate and use less water.

“Ponix is proud to introduce the best environment for growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables in small outdoor spaces, especially where plants can be damaged by wind, storms, and pests. The concept design we developed is a rugged, compact plant pod that has been dubbed the “P-Pod” and will be easy to buy, easy to use, and easy to look at.

With P-Pods, you can stop paying big bucks for wilted herbs, Styrofoam strawberries, and past-due peppers. No matter how small – or large – your space and no matter what the weather, you can enjoy healthy, home-grown produce any time of year.” ~ Ponix Press Release


P-Pod prototypes #2 (right) and #3 (left)

P-Pods’ Features:

*  Low-profile design withstands high winds on balconies & roofs
*  Double-wall panels: excellent insulation and diffuse sunlight
*  Easy access: 2-way access panels – no swinging doors or lids
 Protection from insects, birds, rodents and deer
 For conventional, semi-hydroponic, & fully hydroponic gardening
 Lightweight and portable: Easy to assemble – only 6 parts
 Optional thermostatically-controlled heated irrigation system


“A convenient configuration for balconies is the Duo.  It is made up of 2 P-Pods side-by-side with no wall between the individual P-Pods.  This allows more room for larger plants to spread out.  The greater volume also helps to keep all the enclosed plants warmer during cold weather.  There is no limit to the number of P-Pods that can be attached side-by-side.” ~ Chris Wark

Various sizes of P-Pods are available, including the Mini-Pod (base is 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep; the back is 24 inches) and the Midi-Pod (24 x 24 inches at the base and 36 inches high at the back) – available with an optional heated irrigation system for year-round growth – both part of the Kickstarter campaign:


NOTE:  The Mongo-Pod concept has a 3 ft x 3 ft tray and is 5 ft tall at the back.  Because it is wider than the Mini-Pod and Midi-Pod, they simply couldn’t fit it into this campaign.

Watch the fun and informative P-Pod video from Chris and Wendy Wark of Ponix:

Please visit the Ponix website,, to learn more about P-Pods and how they can be used to maximize the productivity and quality of your locally grown micro-garden.  See the FAQ’s here.

Also, read the entire “P-Pods by Ponix Just Launched on Kickstarter! Micro-garden your own greens, reds, and yellows year-round in whatever space you have” Press Release.  For further info, contact Chris at:

Christopher Wark, President, Ponix
1.917.475.1847 / 1.347.835.2178
P.O. Box 64 – New York, NY 10018.

Urban rooftop growing just got a new player with P-Pods.  With hundreds of balconies, decks and terraces in the upper west side, the opportunities for growing fresh herbs and veggies are enormous within New York City alone!  In my humble opinion, every urban space in the world could benefit from a P-Pod or two, or more.


Whether you have a large company that believes this product could use your backing for commercial gardening, or are simply an individual who wishes to promote sincere, hard-working entrepreneurship while growing your own organic produce, please:

Back Chris Wark and the P-Pods on Kickstarter before September 5! 

Aramis and I are proud to be supporters and backers, and we hope that you, too, can do the same by sharing this awesome opportunity with media and organizations interested in gardens, food, urban farming, micro-gardening and eco-roofs.

Happy greening in any kind of weather,

~ Linda V.