Video & Project of the Week for November 10, 2014: Nashville Music City Center

November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm Project of the Week: 11/10/14


Nashville Music City Center
Nashville, TN, USA
191,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The LEED Gold certified Nashville Music City Center (MCC) is a 1,200,000 square foot convention center in the SoBro (South of Broadway) district in Nashville. Five stories high, the wavy roof has three independent greenroof sections which mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee. The iconic greenroof design represents the frets and body of a guitar – including 845 solar panels incorporated into the guitar body itself. A 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank stores rainwater from the roof which is used to irrigate outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.

The Music City Center is the recipient of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2014 Green Roof Special Recognition Award. The co-recipients are Roofmeadow, who designed the greenroof, provided construction oversight, and oversees maintenance; Greenrise Technologies, who constructed the greenroof and also conducts greenroof maintenance; and TVS, lead architect, who conceived the greenroof project and laid out the signature green diamond pattern. Greenrise Technologies says “This project represents the ultimate fusion of aesthetics and engineered performance.”

Designed for stormwater retention and urban heat island reduction, the greenroof can handle a 2.6-million-gallon stormwater offset. Protected by a waterproofing membrane from Sika Sarnafil with Bonar‘s Enkadrain®/W 3601 drainage, the shallow under 3″ deep rooflite® Extensive MCL substrate blended by Garick is covered with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Sempergreen. The undulating surfaces with pitches ranging from 16 – 25% required slope stabilization of the media, and the Anti-Slip System Type N with net and sills from Optigreen® was used, supplied by Conservation Technology.

We at hope to see you in Music City tomorrow at CitiesAlive!  As you may know, Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design this Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.  The Nashville Music City Center is included in our Top 10 List, representing one great example of the #5 category, “Sculptural Architecture.”

Year: 2012
Owner: City of Nashville
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
191,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 25%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS); Tuck Hinton Architects; and Moody-Nolan Architects
General Contractor Joint Venture: Bell & Associates Construction, Clark Construction Group, Harmony Construction Group
Greenroof Design: Roofmeadow, with TVS
Greenroof Installation: Greenrise Technologies
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Roofer: Baker Roofing
Drainage: Enkadrain®/W 3601, Bonar
Anti-Slip System: Type N with Net and Sills, Optigreen®
Optigreen® Distributor: Conservation Technology
Growing Medium: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pre-vegetated Mats: Sempergreen
Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies with oversight from Roofmeadow


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for August 29, 2014: Rooflite®

September 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

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Rooflite® green roof media has been installed on over 8 million square feet of roof surface including over 750 individual projects in North America.

rooflite-logo-GCWRooflite® is an industry leader for green roof media products. They have over fifty years of soil engineering experience and with their unparalleled knowledge from both North America and Europe can now claim coverage in over 8 million square feet of green roof installations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Only the highest quality regionally available materials are utilized in rooflite® Certified Green Roof Media.

The rooflite® technical team is constantly striving to improve and expand their product line to insure that your next green roof project will exceed your expectations. Included in these efforts is the ongoing Quality Control Program that all of their Licensed Blending locations participate in so that you can feel confident to, as rooflite® says, “grow on us.”

Currently, with licensed blending locations strategically located across North America, nearly all of your green roof projects can be serviced with LEED qualifying credits.

With a vast array of experience in jobsite challenges and logistics covering both large and small scale jobs, their part in your next green roof job is not complete until your order is where and when you want it. Healthy plant growth and proper green roof performance strongly depend on using the right growing media, or as rooflite® puts it, “the success of any green roof system starts with rooflite®.”


For more detailed information about Rooflite®, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

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Video & Project of the Week for June 16, 2014: 345 Meatpacking

June 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm Project of the Week: 6/16/14


345 Meatpacking
New York, NY, USA
3,800 sf Greenroofs
1,375 sf Green Façades


Project Description & Details

Featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River, 345 Meatpacking is a dramatic new 11-story luxury residential building of 37 finely crafted one, two and three bedroom condominium residences located just off of 9th Avenue and the Meatpacking district. The new landmark project from DDG architects and developers, the building features a unique integration of landscape into the built environment with a heavily planted entrance canopy, long linear window boxes integrated into the facade and a lush roof garden with perennials and meadow grasses, as well as planted greenwalls.

Designed by Future Green Studio with rooflite® semi-intensive growing media, the planting palette picks up off of the neighboring High Line aesthetic and creates a sense of wild in contrast with sleek lines of the custom architectural brickwork. The planted marquee draws reference from the loading dock awnings historically found here; wild trees and trailing plants spill through a pattern of openings, bringing light and vegetation to the streetscape below. The communal roof garden hosts native meadow plants that colonize small amoeba-like mounds, along with Sumac trees and Scotch Broom. Irrigated using water from a rainwater collection and irrigation system that is incorporated into the building’s bulkhead, the system will collect and redistribute 10,000 CF for irrigation annually.

Year: 2013
Owner: DDG Partners
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Roof Type: Semi-Intensive
Wall Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Roof Size: 3,800 sq.ft.
Wall Size: 1,375 sq.ft.
Grade: 2% and 100%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG Partners
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Contractor: Future Green Studio
Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Trellis Provider: DDG Partners
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Waterproofing Membrane: Rest Assured Roofing
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
Growth Media: rooflite® semi-intensive


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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for April 14, 2014: The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall

April 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm Project of the Week: 4/14/14


The Ohio State University (OSU)
Green Roof at Howlett Hall

Columbus, OH, USA
12,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Located on the 60-acre Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Howlett Hall is home to The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Horticulture & Crop Sciences and the Food Science Processing Plant. Having been designed to house a rooftop garden originally in 1967, previously it was a tar and chip roof that was hot and unattractive, as well as an under-utilized space on the urban campus.

Along with Mary Maloney, director of Chadwick, the renewed efforts of a former student, Megan Meier of Higher Ground Green Roofs, jump-started the green roof campaign again in 2010. Three and a half years later, the Ohio State University Green Roof at Howlett Hall was the first publicly-accessible green roof in Columbus. The depth of the lightweight growing media from rooflite® ranges from 4-6″ with areas where it mounds to 18″. The team covered about half of the roof with a pre-grown Sedum mat from Sempergreen, with 11-14 varieties. The other half was planted with 7,225 perennials. It is estimated that 191,196 gallons of polluted stormwater runoff are diverted each year from the watershed of the nearby Olentangy River, with a projected annual savings of $10,374 in energy costs and roof maintenance.

Year: 2013
Owner: Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 12,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: NBBJ
Architect: Mikel Coulter, CTL Engineering, Inc.
Owner’s Rep/Consultant: Higher Ground Green Roofs
Construction Management: Roofmeadow
Pre-vegetated Sedum Carpet: Moerings USA / Sempergreen
Growing Media: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pavers: Hanover® Architectural Products
Installation: McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.