GRHC Announces 2015 Green Roof & Wall Design Awards of Excellence Winners

September 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) announced yesterday its second group of winners of its 2015 Design Awards of Excellence.

Jeffrey Bruce, Chair of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), announced the winners in the lead-up to CitiesAlive®: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference coming up just around the corner in October in Brooklyn, NY.


“Awards in eight categories recognizing outstanding design projects were awarded. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is proud to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these examples of excellence, and share them with attendees at CitiesAlive. The Awards will be formally presented at a luncheon at CitiesAlive (October 5-8, 2015) at the Brooklyn Marriott on Wednesday, October 7th. This year’s conference theme is Resilient People, Communities and Places, featuring cutting-edge designs, new technical performance research, innovative policy work, a trade show with industry leaders, and informative professional training and tours.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Read on from the GRHC September 10, 2015 Press Release:

2015 Design Awards of Excellence Winners

GRHCWinner2015-TriBeCaIntensive Residential
Project: TriBeCa Loft – New York, NY
Award Recipient: New York Green Roofs LLC
Floating amidst lower Manhattan’s skyline, architecture meets nature to transform a penthouse residence into the ultimate garden apartment. This project retrofits a nineteenth century loft building’s rooftops into a series of dynamic and diverse gardens.

Special Recognition
Project: LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park – New York, NY
Award Recipient: Roofmeadow
This recreation facility inserted into the historic landscape, includes two skating rinks, one that is topped with an extensive green roof and intensive green roof areas which are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding landscape, preserving historic design while meeting the needs of a diverse contemporary urban community.


Intensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Aventura Optima Plaza – Aventura, FL
Award Recipient: Savino & Miller Design Studio
Conceived as a balance of the loss of green space caused by the building’s construction by raising the landscape up and inviting office employees to use the space, activating it with a glass enclosed gymnasium and a tranquil space for relaxation.

Extensive Institutional
Project: Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology – Philadelphia, PA
Award Recipient: Roofmeadow
The Meadow Roof is a prominent feature of the building attracting individuals and groups eager to enjoy time in the rooftop amenity space. Surrounded by floor to ceiling etched glass walls on three sides and a clear glass railing open to the city on the fourth side, the Meadow Roof is accessible to all who have access to the building.


Extensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Fidek Office Building – Red Deer, AB
Award Recipient: Berry Architecture + Associates
Part of a major renovation of a run down 1950’s bowling alley, the building is located in the downtown core of the city. The green roof helps to refresh the neighborhood both aesthetically and environmentally.

Small Scale Residential
Project: 58A Melville Ave – Toronto, ON
Award Recipient: Johanne Daoust
This single family rooftop garden implementation was inspired by issues of food security and changing sustainability demands in North America.


Intensive Institutional
Project: Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) – Lethbridge, AB
Award Recipient: O2 Planning + Design
HSNC is an urban nature centre with the goal of delivering diverse and dynamic nature interpretive programs through a team of volunteers, staff and partners. As part of HSNC’s LEED-Gold certified expansion and renovation, interpretive roof gardens were constructed with the goal of creating a demonstration area for delivering interpretive programs and providing a living classroom for visitors.

External Green Wall
Project: Breathe Wall – Grand Rapids, MI
Award Recipient: LiveWall, LLC
Installed in an urban center, Breathe Wall was intentionally redesigned multiple times over a two year period. With multiple rotating palettes of over 70 different species annuals, edibles and perennials, the wall was used as an abstract art piece designed to convey the message that plants give us more than beauty; they supply us with the very oxygen we breathe.”

The Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Brooklyn Marriott in New York City during CitiesAlive. Visit for more information about the Awards (including photos and background materials). Visit for conference, event, and media registration. For conference media passes contact Tracy Jackson at

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Peck, founder & president, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, or 416-971-4494 ext. 223.”


What a wonderful selection of outstanding projects!  Congratulations to everyone involved, in particular to our own Sponsors, Roofmeadow and LiveWall (LiveRoof)!

We’ve recently featured both of Roofmeadow’s awesome honorees, the LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology as our Project of the Week here on and look forward to learning more about the others – and then sharing more with you, too.

We hope to see many of you at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for September 7, 2015: Regis High School in New York City

September 10, 2015 at 9:08 am Project of the Week: 9/07/15


Regis High School
New York, NY, USA
22,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Founded in 1914, Regis High School is a five-story landmark private Jesuit university-preparatory school located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In 2010 the school completed its ambitious Green Roof Project, with the installation of nearly 25,000 square feet of an extensive green roof by Greensulate on its upper roofs. The roof top project, which includes a 20kW solar panel array, also houses a classroom, two beehives, scientific monitoring equipment with Columbia University, a weather station, and an astronomy observation area. A network of paths and platforms connect the stations, making the space easy to navigate. A physical classroom on the roof itself houses scientific monitoring equipment, along with the school’s telescope and other classroom materials. The size and design of the roof was groundbreaking, as it was the 2nd largest green roof in the city when it was completed, and is currently the 5th largest green roof in Manhattan.

The green roof uses a mix of sedum mix, native grasses, native perennials, and wildflowers across the multi-level space to create a natural, outdoor feel amidst New York City’s urban backdrop. The system does not require irrigation, and continues to be healthy and thriving five years after the initial installation. Concrete pavers were installed adjacent to the 20 kW solar panel array to create space for an outdoor classroom for up to 15 students and a teacher. An herb garden is planted to provide chives, mint, oregano, lavender, sage, and more for the school cafeteria, and Trex decking pathways provide easy access throughout the roof. The raised HVAC system benefits from the cooling effect of the green roof, as do the solar panels, which are estimated to be 10-15% more efficient.

NOTE: Greensulate will be providing a live tour of the Regis High School green roof on Thursday, October 8th, during the 13th Annual Cities Alive Green Roof & Wall Conference in New York City. Greensulate will be shuttling groups over from the convention space, and space is limited.

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


Year: 2010
Regis High School
New York, NY, USA
Building Type:
Extensive, Test/Research
22,000 sq.ft.
Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design & Installation: Greensulate, LLC
Greenroof System:
Irrigation and Maintenance:
Research Monitoring Partner:
Columbia University
Regis High School Green Roof Project Lead:
Rev. Philip G. Judge, SJ, former President of Regis
Plant Selection:
Native Plant Study Selection:
Dr. Matthew Palmer, Columbia University
Growing Media Design & Manufacturer:
Long Island Compost Corp.


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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for August 3, 2015: LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park

August 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm Project of the Week: 8/03/15


LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY, USA
44,329 sf. Greenroofs


Project Description & Details

In the nineteenth century, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux designed the 585-acre Prospect Park, one of Brooklyn’s most treasured destinations for relaxation and recreation and a national landmark. Designed by noted architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, in collaboration with the Alliance’s acclaimed landscape architect Christian Zimmerman, the 75,000 sf LEED Gold certified Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides seasonal ice skating, roller skating, biking, boating, and water play. Designed by Roofmeadow, the recreation facility boasts a 24,601 sf extensive green roof and a 19,728 sf intensive green roof, and has earned the 2015 AIA Institute of Honor Award for Architecture.

A 23-foot high canopy on the LeFrak Center supports the extensive sedum green roof from Moerings USA / Sempergreen® above and a whirlwind of activity below including ice skating in the winter and roller skating in the warm seasons. The concession buildings are buried in the land and covered by the landscape on structure green roofs which connect to each other, the existing pathways, and the highly variable landscape grades, allowing the structures to blend into the park landscape. The intensive green roof footpaths approaching from the east and north ascend gradually and imperceptibly over the top of the 20,000 square-foot complex, eventually ending at an overlook of the facility and the scenic Prospect Park Lake beyond. An innovative stormwater collection strategy and 15,000 gallon rainwater retention cistern result in zero rainwater runoff from the intensive green roof areas, with no potable water used to irrigate the green roofs. The combined green roofs prevent over 900,000 gallons of rainwater from entering the sewer each year, and this eight-acre redevelopment project is a national model for integrating cutting edge sustainable design into a historic park.

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


Year: 2013
Owner: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and Prospect Park Alliance
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 44,329 sq.ft.
Slope: 1-30%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Andy Kim, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Design Firm/Green Roof Designer: Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow
Landscape Architect: Christian Zimmerman, Prospect Park Alliance
Civil Engineer: Stantec Consulting – New York
Civil Engineer (Rainwater Harvesting): Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
General Contractor: Sciame Construction Co.
Green Roof Contractor: Evergreen Environments, LLC
Mason: Marco Berardi, Berardi Stone Setting, Inc.
Pre-vegetated Mats: Moerings USA / Sempergreen®
© Image Credits: Ari Burling, Michael Moran, and Roofmeadow


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

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Video & Project of the Week for May 11, 2015: Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall

May 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm Project of the Week: 5/11/15


Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall
Rochester, NY, USA
320 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

The LEED® Platinum certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic unit at the Rochester Institute of Technology whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems. Designed by FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR and LeChase Construction Company, the new world-class building is a living laboratory which houses specialized research labs, student work areas, classrooms, and office suites.

One very distinctive feature is the beautiful and massive modular green wall by Green Living Technologies International. Pregrown by Plant Designs, it spans 8 feet wide and 40 feet tall near the building’s west entrance, containing 1,920 plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. The living wall is a focal point for the world class building and provides a breathtaking 4-story tapestry of texture and color that can naturally remove harmful toxins, carcinogens, and volatile organic compounds throughout the entire Galleria. Additional sustainable features of GIS include incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid, a 144 solar panel array, vertical wind turbines, a 3,300 sf greenroof, a 1,700 gallon water storage cistern used to flush the toilets, a geothermal system, and a 400 kW fuel-cell power source.

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

Thank you to Green Living Technologies International for supporting as one of our Exhibitors in the Expo Pavilion at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015, open now through May 31!


Year: 2013
Owner: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 320 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

GIS2Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR
Design-Build Team Leader:
LeChase Construction Company
Green Wall Specialist:
George Irwin, Green Living Technologies International
Green Wall Specialist:
Plant Designs
Green Wall System:
Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Civil Engineering Consultant:
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering:
M/E Engineering


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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda V.