Project of the Week for August 14, 2017: Millennium Park

August 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/14/17

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Millennium Park
Chicago, IL, USA
1,067,220 sf Greenroof

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Created to reinvigorate a 25-acre tract of land in Chicago’s Grant Park, Millennium Park is a multi-award winning public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). At 24.5 acres, Millennium Park is considered either the largest or one of the largest intensive greenroof projects in the world and covers two multi-level parking lots with a total of 4,000 cars, a commuter rail line, and an opera hall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s cutting-edge showplace – the centerpiece is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry. Today, it is Chicago’s second-largest tourist attraction – and the City marked its 10th anniversary throughout the summer of 2014. The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration featured dozens of free events and exhibitions including new monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more. Due to the size, scope, and multi-phase approach, several companies provided waterproofing, including: Barrett CompanyAmerican Hydrotech, Tremco, and Henry.

Publisher’s Note: Visit the City of Chicago’s Millennium Park website to see the 2017 Millennium Park Summer Brochure for free events and more.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Year: 2004
Owner: City of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Municipal, Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,067,220 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Master Plan, Architecture, Structural + Civil Engineering, Urban Design + Planning: SOM
Landscape Architect of Record:
Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc.
Project Director: Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Pritzker Pavilion Architect: Frank Gehry
The Lurie Garden Senior Design Partner: Kathryn Gustafson, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
Waterproofing System: Ram-Tough 250DM, Barrett Company
Barrett Waterproofing Contractor: Kedmont Waterproofing
Waterproofing & Intensive Greenroof System: Garden Roof® Assembly, American Hydrotech
Waterproofing & Greenroof System: Henry Vegetative Roofing Assembly™
Waterproofing System: Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing
Design Landscape Architect: CYLA Design Associates
Design Landscape Architect: Daniel Weinbach & Partners
Design Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Lurie Garden Perennial Planting Designer: Piet Oudolf
Irrigation, Great Lawn and Turf Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

More Info

View the Millennium Park PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Millennium Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/14/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Caroline Menetre 2011; American Hydrotech; View of the Chicago skyline from 340 on the Park by Dmytro Sergiyenko licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Lurie Garden in sun by Ruhrfisch licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons; Lurie Garden view with Michigan and Randolf streetwalls by Señor Codo licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons; Jay Pritzker Pavilion on 2012-10-20 licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons; Pritzker Pavilion looking north at night, Source: Logan Reed; Author: Farsidekid00 licensed under Public Domain via Commons; and Chicago_-_Crown_Fountain_-_Millennium_Park_(2713868085).jpg by Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Video & Project of the Week for June 9, 2014: Millennium Park

June 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/09/14

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Millennium Park
Chicago, IL, USA
1,067,220 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Created to reinvigorate a 25-acre tract of land in Chicago’s Grant Park, Millennium Park is a multi-award winning public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). At 24.5 acres, Millennium Park is considered either the largest or one of the largest intensive greenroof projects in the world and covers two multi-level parking lots with a total of 4,000 cars, a commuter rail line, and an opera hall.

When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s cutting-edge showplace – the centerpiece is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry. Today, it is Chicago’s second-largest tourist attraction – and the City will mark its 10th anniversary throughout the summer. In 2014, the Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration will feature dozens of free events and exhibitions including new, monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more. Due to the size, scope, and multi-phase approach, several companies provided waterproofing, including: Barrett CompanyAmerican Hydrotech, Tremco, and Henry.

Year: 2004
Owner: City of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,067,220 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Millennium_Park3Landscape Architect of Record: Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc.
Irrigation, Great Lawn and Turf Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Project Director: Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Pritzker Pavilion Architect: Frank Gehry
The Lurie Garden Senior Design Partner: Kathryn Gustafson, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
Waterproofing System: Ram-Tough 250DM, Barrett Company
Barrett Waterproofing Contractor: Kedmont Waterproofing
Waterproofing & Intensive Greenroof System: Garden Roof® Assembly, American Hydrotech
Waterproofing & Greenroof System: Henry Vegetative Roofing Assembly™
Waterproofing System: Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing
Master Plan, Architecture, Structural + Civil Engineering, Urban Design + Planning: SOM
Design Landscape Architect: CYLA Design Associates
Design Landscape Architect: Daniel Weinbach & Partners
Design Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Lurie Garden Perennial Planting Designer: Piet Oudolf

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Millennium Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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~ Linda V.

 

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video. Here is the transcript from October 12, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for October 12th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Multnomah County Multnomah Building, built in 2003 in Portland, Oregon.  Designed as Portland’s first public green roof demonstration garden, the Multnomah Building offers a powerful opportunity for education.  Three distinct educational were addressed: public accessibility, interpretive activities and free sharing of data between professionals.  Upon exiting the 5th floor elevator, the greenroof panorama of wildflowers, grasses and sedums is immediately visible from the vast expanse of picture windows, and descriptive interpretive signs allow for easy access to green roof information.

Since the vegetative roof itself is not accessible, the serpentine raised bed has displayed representative project plant material, and it also acts as a seating wall for visitors.  In 2010 Multnomah County and the City of Portland partnered and created the “Hope Garden” here and planted an organic vegetable garden.  With Tremco as roofing consultant, the roof also serves as a laboratory for green roof development with experiments conducted by various agencies, including Portland State University and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services.

– To learn more about the Multnomah County Multnomah Building,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

– We’d like to welcome Onset Computer Corp., our new advertiser here at Greenroofs.com!  Their HOBO ® data loggers are widely recognized as the industry standard for measuring and recording environmental conditions.

–  Greenroofs.com Press Release

¿Habla Español?  Then read our Virtual Summit 2013 Press Release now available in Spanish!

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “CitiesAlive 2012 is Next Week!” “Kevin Songer, our own Tropical Green Roof Editor, at TEDxRiversideAvondale on October 20, 2012,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 28, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  October 17th-18th: is the 14th Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference, in Monroeville, PA.

–  October 17th-20th: is the CitiesAlive 2012 10th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference, in Chicago, IL.  Linda and Haven will be presenting their 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof and Greenwall Design, so make sure to attend their presentation on Friday!

–  And October 20th: is TEDxRiversideAvondale with Kevin Songer, our newest editor – The Tropical Green Roof Editor – in Jacksonville, FL (Follow on Twitter: @TEDxRA).

– “In the News“

–  Danielle Tcholakian of Metro.us reports on “Rooftop farm opens at East Village school building.”  The Robert Simon Complex in the East Village in New York City now features a rooftop farm designed by Michael Arad, the architect behind the 9/11 memorial.

Fifth Street Farm spans 2,400 square feet and will be used to educated students about the plants grown there and the environment.  Students will be growing, harvesting and eating their own herbs, vegetables and fruits. Capturing stormwater and using solar energy are also possibilities for the roof’s new addition.

– The PBS NewsHour talks about “Coping with Climate Change: Green Roofs of Chicago.”  Global temperatures are rising, and cities are facing the challenge of keeping their infrastructure and residents cool.  Chicago is tackling the problem with a green design makeover that includes 369 green roofs covering 5.5 million square feet, which is more than any other city in North America.

This article takes a look at some of the most impressive ones, starting with [Chicago] City Hall.  This 23,000 square foot green roof serves as a  test bed  for researching and measuring what green roofs can do.  This roof alone saves the city about $3,600 a year in heating and cooling costs.  Millennium  Park is 24.5 acres, and currently one of the largest greenroofs in the world.  It covers two parking garages, a railway and an opera hall.  Check out the full article for more amazing Chicago projects.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for October 12th,  2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Notre Voyage Fantastique: Chicago & Patrick Blanc

September 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

All Photos by Caroline Menetre Unless Otherwise Noted
Story by Linda Velazquez and Caroline Menetre

Along with my son and cameraman Joey Velazquez, our Greenroofs.com contributor Caroline Menetre and I flew up to Chicago on September 10 to interview world renown French botanist, Patrick Blanc,  at the beautiful 4-star Sofitel Chicago Water Tower for the upcoming Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011.

We had an awesome time with him and  thoroughly  enjoyed our short stay in the Windy City!  Caroline goes first and then I’ll follow with my reflections:

Caroline Menetre: Last Thursday I had the fantastic opportunity and pleasure to go to Chicago with Linda and her son,  Joey  (known for his  photography and  film work – he’s also the director/videographer for the Sky Gardens – Greenroofs of the World™  videos),  for her exclusive pre-summit interview with Patrick Blanc.

Most of you Greenroofs.com devotees know of the noted French botanist and artist and his spectacular green wall installations all over the world.  I can honestly say this man’s work was (one of) the main impetuses for me going back to school in horticulture and to some day design like he does.  (I can dream, can’t I?)

There are numerous facets of Patrick’s knowledge and skills to admire, but as an artist I’m drawn to the design aesthetics, and well…he’s the master.  Each installation is a magnificent work of art.

It was an honor to meet Patrick, and a thrill to sit-in and listen to such an intimate interview and conversation.  He was enthusiastic and passionate about his work, understandably.  I aspire one day to actually see some of his installations in person. And should Atlanta ever be the lucky recipient of his work, I’ll be the first one on-site. (Linda told him I would happily volunteer for any work!)

Linda will expound on the exclusive interview with Patrick, so I will just give a brief synopsis of our quick trip.  We arrived early in the morning and went straight to the “magnifique” Hotel Sofitel for Joey (videographer extraordinaire) to set up for shooting later that day.

Patrick had two lectures that day – a master class to graduate students at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of technology and the Alliance Française de Chicago (he had also given a lecture the day before at the Chicago Botanic Gardens),  so we had some time in between sessions for a quick stroll around “the greenest, most environmentally friendly city in the nation.”

I could go on and on about all of the greening and environmental efforts achieved in Chicago, but the most obvious visual aspect is the lushly planted medians and storefront streetscapes. While the average Chicago visitor marvels at the upscale boutiques, restaurants, and hotels along “The Magnificent Mile” on Michigan Avenue, I strolled the stretch with head down, scanning from curb to curb, oohing and aahing at every plant and artful planting (shops? what shops?).

Of course, I had to photograph most of them for planting inspiration, and I also saw them as beautiful floral paintings – even did some effects on a few:

 

During our meandering travel towards  Millennium Park, we did take a detour – into the Apple Store – to inquire if we could see their greenroof.  Not accessible to the public, we were treated to a behind the scenes tour up on the top floor where the employees can enjoy overlooking their greenroof from the huge glass expanse of their conference room.  Very nice!

And finally, before heading back to the hotel, we strolled the famous expanse of the 1 million+ sf greenroof that is  Millennium Park, and the beautiful Lurie Garden – the featured nature component of one of the world’s largest greenroofs.  The 2.5- acre garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees.  It was a beautiful day to enjoy the park, and an additional pleasure to our trip.


Chicago and Patrick Blanc.  These are a few of my favorite things…

Linda: Chicago was beautiful and we had a great day overall – neither Caroline nor I had been back here in a few years, and Joey had never been, so it was great roaming around like tourists.  When we passed the Apple Store and Caroline suggested we stop in and see if we could actually visit the roof, I thought she was crazy – but, after showing my card – we were in!  Very cool GreenGrid modular greenroof!  The  employees  love it.

Believe it or not, I had never made it previously to  Millennium  Park – wow, what a great job the City of Chicago and all the excellent designers did on creating such an interactive and attractive space for all to enjoy!

Of course the highlight was capturing Patrick Blanc on film and creating an interview to remember.  When Patrick agreed to speak at our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 last June, we weren’t sure what format he’d be using because of his hectic travel schedule.  So when we were offered the chance to interview him here in the U.S., we jumped at the opportunity.  What a charmer he is, and what a pleasure we had!

“As a botanist, Patrick Blanc is at home in the jungles from Bali to the Amazon. As a landscape artist, he has brought breathing walls and biodiversity to the grandest hotels, restaurants and stores of Le Tout-Paris and worked with French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on the catwalk. But what the man with green hair is best known for is the “vertical garden”, an idea seeded in the heart of Paris on rue d’Alsace that spread to Jean Nouvel’s Quai Branly Museum before being exported all over the world.” ~ Chicago.Cervantes.es

Very charismatic, “The Green Man” had on his customary green accents – flowered shirt, gorgeous brocaded paisley Indian jacket, shoes, streaks in his hair…

A genuinely nice guy, Patrick is best known for creating the hydroponic  Le Mur Végétal or  the Vertical Garden living wall system.  Also a botanist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, he specializes in plants from subtropical forests and spends several months out of each year combing lushly foliated jungles and other exotic landscapes in search of new species for testing and additional research for use in his creations.

Of course, his work is highly popular and he is insanely sought out as a botanist, artist, and designer.  We talked about some of his current projects, like Central Park in Sydney, Australia, with architect and long time collaborator Jean Nouvel, where over 12 vertical gardens envelope the façades with garden boxes and vertical wires incorporated into the loggias that wrap the towers in plant life.

Although Aramis and I met Patrick last November when I spoke at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference in Singapore, the only work of his that I have seen live is the gorgeous living tapestry at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, which we also talked about – these are a few of my photos from May of last year:

Yet over the five years of our Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design, Haven Kiers and I have highlighted many of his projects – whether conceptual (top below) or real (bottom below), they simply are all stunning! Look for some more of Patrick Blanc’s works during this year’s Top 10 List,  which  we’ll be inaugurating at the  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011.

Patrick is very passionate about his work and very optimistic about the future of ecological design.  We spoke about his early inspirations and aspirations – and I mean early.  He was into tropical aquariums and plants at the tender age of five and started creating and manipulating designs at eight!  Clearly, his scientific mind was off and running, and it hasn’t stopped since.

After my interview, Patrick signed my copy of The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City, 2008 – a big, beautiful coffee table book that just happens to capture his spirit, work, and purpose in glorious color.  But, stay tuned – the upcoming revised edition with profiles of all his new projects is coming in October, 2011!  I guess I’ll just have to buy it, too…

Patrick’s integration of the huge number of plant species he always includes in his work is a testimonial to his belief in the value of plant community biodiversity.

His quick smile and easy laugh plus his open sharing of ideas made our interview very pleasant and fun – look for about 30 minutes of my exclusive interview with him on September 27, 2011, interwoven with film from one of his recent lectures.

If you haven’t registered yet for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011, please do so here.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Jean-Luc Le Gouallec of MurVegetalPatrickBlanc.com for inviting us,  Aimée Laberge of  the Alliance Française de Chicago (who, along with Air France, the participation of the Services Culturels of the French Consulate in Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology sponsored Patrick’s visit) for arranging our Chicago visit,  Carrie Makris of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower who graciously allowed us to scope out the best site and set up filming,  and most importantly to the lovely and talented Patrick Blanc for his time and participation!

See you online on September 27 & 28!

~ Linda V. & Caroline Menetre