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

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

Project of the Week Video Feature

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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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Project of the Week for January 30, 2017: World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall

January 30, 2017 at 9:00 am
Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/30/17

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World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall
New York, NY, USA
3,305 sq. ft. Greenwall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Opening almost 15 years after 9/11 in June 2016, the $50 million World Trade Center’s Liberty Park is an elevated, one-acre linear park built on top of a vehicular security-screening center overlooking the original footprint of the World Trade Center, now the National September 11th Memorial. Designed for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by landscape architect Joseph E. Brown, the rooftop park features many trees – including a descendant of Anne Frank’s famous Horse Chestnut Tree – plus shrubs, perennials and unique seating that provides a place for visitors to reflect, relax and recharge amidst bustling New York City.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

The World Trade Center Liberty Park & Living Wall showing the the future St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine, under construction. Video screen shot from Santiago Calatrava; Courtesy Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

An architectural rendering of Liberty Park by Santiago Calatrava, next to the future St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine. Credit: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

One of the park’s most striking features is the multi-hued 25 feet high and 336 feet long G-O2® Living Wall by Plant Connection that transforms the prosaic walls and garage entrances leading to the network of underground roadways and loading docks. Home to over 20,000 evergreen groundcovers and flowering perennials including Baltic Ivy, Common Periwinkle, Coral Bells, Japanese Spurge, and Wintercreeper that provide year-round visual interest of color and texture, the plantings were designed in a staggered, horizontal grid to complement the 9/11 Memorial. The broad bands of color also help soften the scale and façade of the building along Liberty Street, and an extensive 18-zone drip irrigation provides water for the living wall. The 845 stainless steel panels were pre-grown and monitored at Plant Connection’s nursery, ensuring the roots anchored into the panels and media before hanging vertically. Once home to the Deutsche Bank building, Liberty Park came after three years of intensive planning, designing, engineering, and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Collectively, they have transformed the site into a meaningful and memorable space where life and greenery symbolize the rebirth of Lower Manhattan – while always remembering the past.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

The World Trade Center Memorial with Liberty Park under construction shown by the arrows. Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

The living wall under construction. Photo source: WTC Progress Facebook page.

Year: 2016
Owner: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Greenwall Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3305 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Growing in the plants at the Plant Connection nursery for the Liberty Park Living Wall.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

WTC Living Wall Plant Connection Final Planting Plan.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Park Design & Landscape Architect: Joseph E. Brown
Developer/Construction: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
General Contractor: TB Penick & Sons
Greenwall System: G-O2® Living Wall, Plant Connection
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.

Greenwall Installation: Sponzilli Landscape Group

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

View the World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week World Trade Center Liberty Park Greenwall

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the World Trade Center (WTC) Liberty Park Living Wall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/30/17 video photos courtesy of Plant Connection; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including use of Santiago Calatrava graphics; WTC Progress Facebook page; and Looking north on opening day of Liberty Street Park By Jim.henderson – Own work, CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication on Wikimedia.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for November 21, 2016: Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall

November 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Project Week Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall Lockport

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/21/16

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Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall
Lockport, NY, USA
475 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Completed in 2015, Yahoo!’s newest data center is a 155,000 square foot complex in Lockport, NY. PKJB Architectural Group and others utilized integrated building design to eliminate HVAC units, resulting in 40% less energy and 95% less water usage than conventional facilities. Located within the cool climate of nearby Niagara Falls, the air-cooled data center, which can accommodate 50,000 servers, is based on an unlikely design: the chicken coop. Known as the Yahoo! Commuting Coop (Y!CC), the buildings are long and narrow to provide good air circulation and shaped similar to a chicken coop. Yahoo! is committed to being an environmentally responsible company, and the addition of a G-O2® Living Wall by Plant Connection is just one leafy example.

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In 2016 Yahoo! incorporated the acoustic Living Wall into their Y!CC utility space because they were interested in increasing their “green” presence. They felt the gorgeous new building for their call center in upstate New York would be a perfect spot. Not only would the living wall provide the “green” exposure they desired, they also felt it would greatly contribute to the aesthetic beauty of their new facility. Installed and maintained by Dore Landscape Associates, the living wall is segmented into seven sections and spans 62 feet. Its curvilinear design flows through the panel groupings and helps create one continuous living wall, while providing contrast to the existing façade. Nine varieties of sedum were planted to create the organic, free flowing design, supplying four seasons of interest, color, and texture. Similarly, other cloud computing providers are all trying to use renewable energy to power their data centers, helping to contribute to reductions in global warming, cut energy costs and comply with regulations. But Yahoo! demonstrates that nothing more boldly says you are being environmentally conscious than a green wall greeting visitors and employees!

Project Week Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall Lockport

Project Week Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall Lockport

Year: 2016
Owner: Yahoo! Inc.
Location: Lockport, NY, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 475 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project Week Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall Lockport

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: PKJB Architectural Group
Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Steel Fabricator: Apollo Steel
Construction: M.A. Mortenson Company
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection, Inc.
Installation: Dore Landscape Associates
Maintenance: Dore Landscape Associates
2009-2010 Construction Management: Structure Tone

Project Week Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall Lockport

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Project Week Yahoo! Commuting Coop Living Wall Lockport

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Video & Project of the Week for July 20, 2015: Prudential Tower Living Wall

July 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/20/15

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Prudential Tower
Newark, NJ, USA
1,760 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Located on a prominent site that faces Broad Street and overlooks the newly renovated Military Park, the $444 million, 650,000 sf Prudential Tower will redefine the park’s western edge and strengthen the city’s downtown core, providing a state-of-the-art office building for more than 3,000 employees. A massive G-O2® green wall spanning 32′ x 55′ faces the main entrance in the new plaza, and is one of the largest in New Jersey. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the project is seeking LEED Gold certification and includes many other green amenities such as a 5th-floor cafeteria that steps out onto a green roof garden.

Drawing on inspiration from Prudential’s logo, the Rock of Gibraltar, KPF extrapolated segments of the rock outcropping’s stratification and created the living wall’s composition and plant color selection. Collaborating with Plant Connection, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture designed a plant palette that met the client’s needs and was also tailored to address the different microclimates that occur on the living wall. Plant Connection carefully overlaid the final design onto their panel grid and after refinements began growing the living wall panels at their 42-acre nursery late last summer. Overwintering in their greenhouses, Plant Connection was able to closely monitor the project and ensure it would be ready for this spring. The G-O2® Living Wall, along with the other green architecture at Prudential Tower, will set a high standard for sustainable development in the area.

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Year: 2015
Owner: Prudential Financial
Location: Newark, NJ, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,760 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Landscape Architect:
W Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Installation: Let It Grow
Maintenance: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes

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