Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for December 4, 2017: Asbury Woods Nature Center

December 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Asbury Woods Nature Center
Erie, PA, USA
5,000 sf greenroofs

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: December 4, 2017

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Mini Description & Details

A model of sustainable design with a focus on energy conservation, the state-of-the-art Asbury Woods Nature Center sits on over 205 acres of rich, ecologically diverse land in northwestern Pennsylvania, boasting 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Designed by Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens, in late 2005 the Center opened its doors to the new addition along with modern updates to the existing 1930’s cottage.

The Exhibit Hall features live animal habitats, a turtle pond, an amphitheater/program area, and a live honeybee hive exhibit plus three new classrooms, covered by the 5,000 square foot vegetative roof that visitors see as they enter the building.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Provided and designed by Roofmeadow, a Sedum carpet tops the dramatic barrel-vaulted roof with pitches up to 7:12, creating a striking counterpoint to the forested surroundings of the Asbury Woods Nature Center. The un-irrigated Type I vegetative roofing system has a 5” depth with Sedums and flowering herbs such as Allium schoenoprasum and Talinum calycinum.

In the flat portion cuttings of various Sedum species were used including S. sexangulare, S. sieboldii, and S. spurium. A small curved informational kiosk was also planted at the building entrance by Lichtenfels Nursery. The Asbury Woods Nature Center green roof was funded through a $63,892 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Energy Harvest Grant.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

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Desiring to improve green roof education, Director Brian Winslow had a small curved informational kiosk planted at the building entrance to inform visitors. Installed by Lichtenfels Nursery, the Roofmeadow contractor who also installed the Asbury Woods Nature Center living roof, the kiosk provides signage and welcome shade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Year: 2005
Owner:
Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. and the Millcreek Township School District
Location:
Erie, PA, USA
Building Type:
Educational
Type:
Extensive
System:
Custom
Size:
5,000 sq.ft.
Slope:
15%
Access:
Inaccessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Emory Knoll Farms
Plant Installation: Lichtenfels Nursery
Roofmeadow Contractor: Lichtenfels Nursery
Lead Architect & Landscape Architect: Jackie Kaminsky & Gregory Copeland (currently with Domokur Architects), Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Structural Engineer: I. A. Lewin & Associates
General Contractor: Odyssey Builders

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

All the Info:

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Greenroofs.com Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 12/04/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Roofmeadow, Domokur Architects, and Asbury Woods Nature Center.

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Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening with LiveWall by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

November 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Outdoor LiveWall Installation Creates a Vertical Garden Growing Fresh Vegetables and Herbs to Promote Living Walls for Urban Horticulture

Photos Courtesy of Phipps and LiveWall®

Founded in 1893, the LEED Silver (2006) Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a local landmark in Pittsburgh, Pa. and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Phipps has been Pittsburgh’s green oasis for more than 120 years. Nearly half a million people visit annually. Historically, Phipps has excelled at showcasing the beauty of plants.

Today, the conservatory is a green leader among public gardens — recognized for its leadership and commitment to sustainability including environmental conservation, renewable energy, green building design, and healthy living. Their latest innovation in green leadership is the installation of LiveWall Green Walls.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps offers a variety of adult and youth programs, classes and events to educate guests about the benefits of sustainable gardening, raised-bed vegetable gardening, local food production, and healthy eating. In addition, Phipps sponsors Homegrown, an outreach program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families.

Since 2013, the program has established more than 200 vegetable gardens in urban and underserved neighborhoods.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

The Phipps Production Greenhouse before greening. Photo © Lofty Views.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

However, space limitations for garden plots can be a challenge for urban gardening. That is why Richard V. Piacentini, executive director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, encouraged the organization to explore green walls as a space-saving alternative.

“Growing vegetables and herbs on its green wall display is an innovative way for Phipps to demonstrate how families and community groups can grow their own fresh, healthy produce on vertical gardens if they do not have room for large garden plots,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of LiveWall.

Testing Green Wall Options

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Starting in 2015, Phipps tested LiveWall Inspire Living Wall Panels alongside several other living wall systems on the south-facing wall of its Production Greenhouse Facility. Standardized Inspire panels are 4-feet wide and 7-feet, four inches tall. Each has 24 molded plastic modular planter boxes.

“The other options we evaluated all had shortcomings,” said Michael Bechtel, display horticulturist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

“With just small pockets of growing medium, some of the other green walls dried out too fast on the sunny, south-facing wall. Others have plastic parts that did not withstand the hot summer sun and started to crack and snap off. In addition, with all the other green walls we tested, we had to water the plants by hand.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

According to Bechtel, LiveWall Inspire proved to be the system of choice because of its soil volume and depth for growing and sustaining plants on the sun-drenched wall, the strength and durability of its materials and components, and its integrated spray irrigation.

“It is most professional and well-designed system. The others just did not seem like they could hold up and scale up to the size of the vertical garden we wanted across the length of the Production Greenhouse Facility,” said Bechtel. “With its car bumper grade recycled plastic, the LiveWall planter modules are strong and durable.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Inspire Living Wall Panels are pre-assembled green wall frames. They include vertical furring tracks that attach to the building wall and establish air space between the wall and the panels for ventilation. Rows of aluminum rails, which serve as conduits bringing water to each planter box, run horizontally across the tracks.

LiveWall molded plastic modular planter boxes then fit into place and are fastened onto the rails. Separate liner inserts, plant containers with growing medium and pre-grown plants, drop into the planter boxes. For outdoor installations, the system uses precisely metered spray nozzles for irrigation to water plants much like natural rain.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

After completing initial testing in 2015, Phipps installed nine more Inspire standard panels in 2016. In the spring, beets, carrots, collard greens, kale, and kohlrabi grow in the vertical garden. Summer plantings include basil, rosemary, thyme, celery root, and various peppers.

Lessons Learned

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Bechtel advises giving careful consideration to the growing medium selected for vertical gardening on living walls. In 2016, he experimented with a potting soil for the growing medium that was too lumpy and porous. Water flowed through too quickly. Switching to a different growing medium with better water retention qualities was a substantial improvement.

He and his colleagues have also experimented with various organic fertilizers. They found a slow-release granular product, which applied every two to three weeks during the growing season yields impressive growth.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Bechtel also has a supply of extra inserts for the LiveWall modules. He uses them to start plants in the greenhouse. Being able to easily swap the inserts in and out of the planter boxes on the wall is especially useful for transitioning from spring to summer plants as well as for preparing the living wall for winter.

The Fruits of the Garden

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

“With our green walls, we have the opportunity to study, evaluate and learn about growing edibles on space-efficient vertical gardens, said Bechtel.

“It is a forward-thinking approach that enables us to offer education and assistance to homeowners, schools and community organizations on planning, installing and maintaining their own green walls so that they can benefit from fresh produce.”

A visit to Phipps to see the green walls can be tasty as well as inspiring. Guests can see vegetables and herbs growing organically on the green walls and then taste them in delicious dishes served at Café Phipps, named by Food & Wine magazine as a “Best Museum Restaurant.”

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

The living walls with a view towards the Center for Sustainable Living. Photo by Michael Tessler.

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

  ~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls are featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for November 20, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

Amber Poncé is the Business Development Manager for LiveRoof Global, LLC. Since 2006, Amber Ponce has helped to expand the LiveRoof Global network of professional horticulturists and growers to an industry leading supplier of green roof systems. In her role as business development manager, she has trained dozens of professionals in technical aspects of green roofing. She has actively participated in the development of industry testing standards and building codes, and currently sits on the policy and growing media committees of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. She is an accredited Green Roof Professional with seven years hands on experience in green roofing – including experience with growing media formulation, plant selection and production, shipping logistics, installation and maintenance. Amber has helped participate in the development of standards related to green roofing and worked with a team of engineers to coordinate the first ever full-scale wind uplift test on green roofs.

Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain.

Contact Amber Poncé:
616.935.1964
AmberP@LiveRoof.com

David Aquilina

Phipps Conservatory Showcases Vertical Gardening on Display with LiveWall

David Aquilina, Strategic Storyteller (www.linkedin.com/in/davidaquilina), is a corporate communications consultant and freelance writer.  David makes his home up on the edge of the northern prairie in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Contact David Aquilina:
612.716.5628;
davida@strategicstoryteller.com
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for November 20, 2017: Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

November 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
290 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: November 20, 2017

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Mini Description & Details

Founded in 1893, the LEED Silver (2006) Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been Pittsburgh’s green oasis for more than 120 years. The Conservatory is a green leader among public gardens – recognized for its commitment to sustainability including environmental conservation, renewable energy, green building design, and healthy living. Built in 2006, Phipps Conservatory’s 36,000-square-foot Production Greenhouse earned LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance in 2012, becoming the first greenhouse in the world to achieve this certification.

In 2016 Phipps’ latest step forward in its outreach mission was the installation of green walls to demonstrate how families and community groups can grow their own fresh, healthy produce even where garden space is limited. Designed and installed by Michael Bechtel, the Display Horticulturist at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, they have the opportunity to study, evaluate, and learn about growing edibles on space-efficient vertical gardens.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

The Phipps Production Greenhouse before greening. Photo © Lofty Views.

After completing testing with several living wall systems on the south facing wall of its Production Greenhouse Facility, Phipps now boasts 10 LiveWall Inspire standard panels with a total of 240 LiveWall planter modules. In the spring, beets, carrots, collard greens, kale, and kohlrabi grow in the vertical garden. Summer plantings include basil, rosemary, thyme, celery root, and various peppers.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

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Phipps Conservatory puts vertical food gardening on display with its living walls, and growing fresh produce on the outdoor vertical garden both educates and inspires visitors. And, a visit to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to see the green walls can be tasty as well as inspiring. Guests can see vegetables and herbs growing organically on the green walls and then taste them in delicious dishes served at Café Phipps, named by Food & Wine magazine as a “Best Museum Restaurant.”

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

The living walls with a view towards the Center for Sustainable Living. Photo by Michael Tessler.

Year: 2016
Owner: 
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Building Type:
Park
Type:
Living Wall
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
290 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall System: LiveWall
Greenwall Design & Installation: Michael Bechtel, Display Horticulturist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Plants: Horticulture Department, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

All the Info:

View the Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in
The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Phipps Conservatory Production Greenhouse Living Walls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 11/20/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, including © Lofty Views and © Michael Tessler; LiveWall; and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 132 By Daderot, Own work, 2009, public domain and Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Phipps Conservatory, 2015-10-10, 02 By Cbaile19, Own work, 2015 Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, both via Wikimedia Commons.

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Project of the Week for August 28, 2017: Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

August 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/28/17

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Independence Blue Cross Living Wall
Philadelphia, PA, USA
544 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Philadelphia’s 1901 Market Street, corporate headquarters for Independence Blue Cross (IBC), underwent a 5-year, complete building modernization with sustainability in mind from Meyer Architects. This included the overhaul of the Market Street frontage expansion at the ground floor. Aside from the site’s interior renovations, IBC also gave its outdoor plaza space a ‘green face-lift.’ The previous space was segmented and masked, plants had outgrown their space, and the plaza terminated at a tiered concrete wall of weeds that loomed over seating areas. This renovation was awarded with two TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards from BOMA Philadelphia (Building Owners and Managers Association), and nothing more visually states a company’s green branding than installing two exterior 18 feet tall living walls!

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Designed by manufacturer and grower Plant Connection, a curvilinear design of overlapping arcs freely flows through both walls. Since the plaza is surrounded by tall buildings that cast shadows and bounce light, a planting palette suitable for shade was chosen with seasonal interest. The two G-O2 Living Walls span a total of 32 feet and provide a splendid visual contrast to the richly colored Trespa panel accent wall that surrounds it.

New paving, complete with IBC’s inlaid logo medallion and recessed LED lighting, runs throughout and visually connects the buildings overlooking the space. Serpentine tiered seating extends from the wall and allows visitors to appreciate the living wall plantings up close and the green walls are segmented by recessed LED lighting that aligns with other design elements. IBC added life and beauty to its outdoor plaza which provides a visual statement of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Now, 1901 Market Street is wide open with welcoming views to its lush living walls. Building occupants have verdant views to the living walls below, and plaza visitors can take a refreshing break outside in an inviting space.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Year: 2016
Owner: Independence Blue Cross
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 544 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

The previous conditions at 1901 Market Street.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Meyer Architects
Structural Engineer: O’Donnell & Naccarato
MEP/Civil Engineer: Pennoni Associates
Landscape Architect: Pennoni Associates
General Construction: The Riff Group
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection
Maintenance: Ambius

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

More Info

View the Independence Blue Cross Living Wall 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 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/28/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross Facebook page; Meyer Architects; Pennoni Associates, The Riff Group, and Plant Connection.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week August 28 Independence Blue Cross Living Wall