The Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium is August 7 & 8, 2014

July 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

If you are located in the U.S.’s Mid-Atlantic region, be sure not to miss the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology (MGRST) Symposium on August 7 & 8, held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

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Everyone speaking is an expert in his or her respective field, as you can see below, including two of our very engaging Contributing Editors, Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants and Jorg Breuning of Green Roof Service/Green Roof Technology:

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Also presenting are a couple of Greenroofs.com advertisers who are long time leaders in our industry – and both awesome individuals, too:  Charlie Miller of Roofmeadow and Greg Long of Capitol Greenroofs.

Register at: http://bit.ly/1eEWANU

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium, please contact:

Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
University of Maryland
(301) 405-6969
scohan@umd.edu

~ Linda V.

 

Video & Project of the Week for May 26, 2014: Asbury Woods Nature Center

May 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/26/14

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

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Project 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.

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.

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.
Grade: 15%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

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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

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Watch the Asbury Woods Nature Center Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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~ 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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/14/14

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

Columbus, OH, USA
12,000 sf. Greenroof

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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

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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

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Project of the Week for March 3, 2014: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak Building

March 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/3/14

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak Building
Richmond, VA, USA

4,020 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Designed by VMDO Architects with Siteworks Studio, the walkout terrace located on the 5th floor of the Pollak Building Visual Arts Building at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) serves as a living classroom and provides for an opportunity for the students and faculty to congregate outside. The roof illustrates three different types of green roof planting strategies and depths with conventional (3-4”), meadow (6”), and plants native (12”) to Virginia – the first such green roof in the Commonwealth.

Installed by Capitol Greenroofs with greenroof consulting by Roofmeadow, the assembly utilizes a Carlisle Garden Roof with Optigreen drainage and growing media, provided by Conservation Technology, over an IRMA roof.  Students from the VCU School of the Arts Department of Interior Design spent a day planting the perennials, grasses and succulents. Corten steel planters were placed randomly in the planting areas. Galvanized grating leads to a new handicap accessible entrance and a 1,500 sf Pennsylvania bluestone patio flanks either side of the grating. VCU installed a 16 foot tall Eddy GT, 1 kW vertical axis wind turbine on the top of the southeast stair tower on the Pollak Building in the spring of 2012 which can be seen from the greenroof.

Year: 2011
Owner: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Richmond, VA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 4,020 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractor: Prestige Construction
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Plant Installation: 15 Students from the VCU Arts Department of Interior Design
VCU Arts Liaison: Camden Whitehead, Associate Professor of Interior Design
Architect: VMDO Architects
Membrane Assembly: Carlisle Garden Roof
Landscape Architect: Siteworks Studio
Drainage & Growing Media: Optigreen
Optigreen Supplier: Conservation Technology
Greenroof Consulting: Roofmeadow

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.