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.

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


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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Don’t Miss the Last Early Bird Discount for 2015 CitiesAlive Ending This Friday, September 18!

September 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Last Chance for the CitiesAlive 2015 in NYC Early Bird Discount Plus the Exclusive Hotel Rate!

Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) for the 13th time, the 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in Brooklyn is just around the corner!  Have you finalized all of your plans yet?  Most importantly, have you registered?


Don’t forget to:

Register before September 18th for the Last Early Bird Discount  + Special Hotel Rate!

That’s this Friday!

As usual, CitiesAlive is going to be a great event with tons of activities, learning, networking, and just plain fun.  And you can’t get a better city than New York to accommodate it all!

GRHC has done a great job in putting all of this together.  Join over 60 expert speakers in the field of sustainability examining themes of resilience including:


Terrapin partner and co-founder Bill Browning has received this year’s Design for Humanity Award, presented by the American Society for Interior Designers.
Bill Browning will be featured at CitiesAlive as a keynote speaker. His address will inform you about the science of biophilic design and how living architecture contributes to productivity, health, and happiness.
Birgit Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects where sustainable design is central to her work. She incorporated the first large scale living wall biofilter at the University of Guelph-Humber.
Along with Alan Darlington, Founder and Vice President of Nedlaw Living Walls, Birgit will explore the design, functionality, and return on investment of living wall biofilters.
Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE in 1978 and has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and  environmentally responsible architecture and planning.
Using the renovation and expansion of the Javits Center as a case study, Bruce will discuss the complexity of choreographing the updating of the building systems.

I would be pretty amiss if I also didn’t say to please come and see our Design Editor Haven Kiers and my presentation at CitiesAlive – our annual Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015 .  We’ll be releasing the 2015 Top 10 List Press Release soon, so stay tuned for that, too:


Linda Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP, is the founder and publisher of (1999) and the principal of Sky Gardens Design. publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory, and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube. produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2015, 2013, 2011).
Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP, designs and presents nationally about greenroofs and is a founding partner of GreenSwell Design and Planning. She is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where she facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, & 401 Courses. Haven also teaches courses at the University of California, Davis. Haven is the Design Editor on (2005).

Other activities at CitiesAlive include:

A la carte Registration to fit your schedule
Attend exclusive networking Events like a rooftop dinner and a networking cruise
Receive a special discounted rate for On-Site Accommodations
Discover products and people at the Trade Show
Cutting-edge Training opportunities
Full show Program available for details.

And, check out just some of these awesome CitiesAlive tours on Wednesday, October 7:


L – R Photos: Mark Morrison; Art Elmers; David Sundberg.

Visionaire Rooftop
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29
1 Hotel Central Park
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Roof
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29
Attend this unique tour of a roof terrace designed by Mark K. Morrison Landscape Architecture, located on the 35th floor of a LEED Platinum-certified condominium in lower Manhattan. This project features a large potager vegetable garden with vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees as well as a cold frame for year round harvest, an herb garden in a knot design, and a patch for berries. Visit this new green hotel on Sixth Avenue just one block from Central Park in the heart of Manhattan and explore the inner workings of the efficiency irrigation and fertilization system installed by Netafim that supports a three-story exterior living wall.  Other eco-friendly design features, including the use of reclaimed and natural materials throughout the hotel, reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to sustainability.
Visit the Javits Convention Center, home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the USA installed by Xeroflor. This 292,000 square foot rooftop has been transformed into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York. A recent study found that the roof has attracted nearly a dozen different species of birds who are using the green roof for nesting and breeding.

And these tours on Thursday, October 8:


L – R Photos: Greensulate; Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies; Barbara Norman.

Regis High School
Thursday October 8th
3pm – 5pm: $29
Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies
Thursday October 8th
3pm – 5pm: $29
PS41 – The Greenwich Village School Green Roof, Thursday October 8th, 3pm – 5pm: $29
Explore one of New York City’s largest green roofs with this exclusive tour of Regis High School’s rooftop gardens. Tucked away above Regis’ stately, landmark designated facade, this mini-ecosystem includes native grasses, solar panels, an observatory, apiaries, and herb gardens that supply the school’s cafeteria. Joining us to discuss the design and the environmental benefits of the green roof will be Alexander Roth, Greensulate’s lead landscape designer. The Tour will conclude with a small wine reception. The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at P.S. 333, The Manhattan School for Children, is a rooftop environmental education greenhouse, producing hydroponically grown vegetables on the Upper West Side. The project was designed by NY Sun Works, a non-profit organization that builds hydroponic science labs in urban schools. It provides science and sustainability education for approximately 150 K-8th grade students every day. The GELL Project Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory is the first green roof installed by the New York City Department of School Construction Authority (SCA). A 15,000 sq. ft. LiveRoof system covers the building with a wide variety of sedums and New York native plants. The tour will be led by science teacher and project founder Vicki Sando, who will discuss navigating the design process, funding, and construction of this $2 million-dollar project along with how the green roof is integrated into the curriculum.

See all of the tour descriptions at CitiesAlive here.


And, don’t miss the Closing Dinner on Wednesday October 5th which is sure to be an outstanding event, courtesy of Rooflite, on the Brooklyn Grange Roof Farm #1.


We here at hope to see you next month at CitiesAlive 2015!

~ Linda V.

Five Great Reasons to Come to CitiesAlive in New York

August 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

By Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

All Photos Courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


New York is a very special place!  The character of its many citizens, its diversity, wealth, delicious food, and sheer size provide Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) with unique opportunities to provide you with an exceptional 13th Annual CitiesAlive Conference experience this October 5-8.  Here are five ways we have worked with the good people of New York to bring you an awesome CitiesAlive 2015 experience this fall, which you can tailor to your own needs and desires – just don’t wait too long because space is limited:


1. Multiple Tours.  We have set aside Wednesday afternoon after the Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and all day Thursday to bring you a wide variety of tour experiences.  From Beekeeping at Brooklyn Grange and Integrated Water Management at Queen’s Botanical Gardens to Regis High School and the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center, there are lots to choose from.  We’ve paired a number of presentations in the program with tours which follow…  Take in some of the amazing green infrastructure projects we have lined up for you, and cap it off Thursday evening with a free amble along the High Line.


2. Harbor Cruise.  The Local Host Committee has been fund raising to help offset the cost of dinner and drinks on board the Zephyr Yacht on Tuesday night, with support from New York Green Roofs, Permaloc, and Metro Green Visions.  When the Trade Show ends Tuesday night, we’ll walk or taxi down to the historic Brooklyn Pier, board a water taxi across the East Hudson, and then board the Zephyr for a two-hour networking cruise of New York Harbor.  You can choose to stay in Manhattan or return via the Water Taxi to Brooklyn at the end of the cruise.  Tickets for this outstanding event are limited.


3. Program.  Technical Programming this year contains lots of leading edge work on design, research, and policy, much of it focused on the contribution being made by New Yorkers.  We have scientific studies on climate change, water purification and green infrastructure, irrigation system design for green walls, and more.  After five years of development, we are also launching the full two-day training on Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites on Sunday and Monday, October 4 and 5.


4. Hotel.  The Marriott New York by the Brooklyn Bridge is a fantastic conference hotel, recently having completed renovations which is perfectly situated for the conference delegates.  We’ve negotiated a great rate of $299 for a deluxe suite for conference delegates.  The room rate is only good until mid September so book now at: (718-226-7000).  The conference hotel is at the center of everything we are doing, and a short subway ride into Manhattan.


5. Farm Dinner.  The Closing Dinner on Wednesday October 5th will be an outstanding event given that we are having it, courtesy of Rooflite, on the Brooklyn Grange Roof Farm, which boasts fresh food directly from the roof on the menu and awesome views of the New York skyline.  Tickets are also very limited so don’t be disappointed and register early.


CitiesAlive New York is designed to allow you to chose what you would like to do, just don’t wait to long to register because space is limited!  We look forward to seeing you in the Big Apple on October 5-8, 2015.  Have a great finish to your summer!


Steven Peck


Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA
Founder and President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Founder, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Co-Founder, World Green Infrastructure Network
Tel: 416-971-4494 ext. 233

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.

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

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®


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.