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.

Greenroof Project of the Week for December 23, 2013: Hanover Architectural Products Headquarters

December 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/23/13

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Hanover Architectural Products Headquarters
Hanover, PA, USA

6,164 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Perched atop Hanover® Architectural Product’s one-story warehouse, the company’s green roof provides clients, potential partners, employees, and their families with a vibrant outdoor space. Visitors access the retrofit project from the adjacent corporate headquarters building, and can view the outdoor space while working through conference room and office windows.

Roofmeadow designed the showcase green roof for the industry leader in architectural pavers using these assemblies: Type III (4-8” of media), and Types II (6-8” of media; planters with 8” of media; and tree pits with 26” of media). The main design objective was to integrate the client’s off the shelf concrete architectural products into the roofscape in unsuspecting ways. The carefully-selected plant palette amplifies visitors’ sensory experience: wind blowing through ornamental grasses creates a calming auditory backdrop; trees provide a cool microclimate for those relaxing on the Shade Grove’s seatwalls; scents of Clethra and Magnolia whiff through the space; succulent groundcovers provide bursts of color throughout the seasons.

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The Hanover Architectural Products Headquarters is featured in the month of March in The 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar – order yours today. They make a perfect holiday gift for your family, friends, staff and clients!

Year: 2012
Owner: Hanover Architectural Products
Location: Hanover, PA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 6,164 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architecture & Engineering: Roofmeadow
Waterproofing: HENRY 790-11 hot fluid applied membrane
Insulation: OWENS Corning Foamular 604 60 psi extruded polystyrene
Installation: Roofmeadow Contractor G.R.A.S.S.
Pavers: Roofmeadow

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Get Your 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar Now!

December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, it’s that time of year when the air is turning crisp in the Northern Hemisphere (warm in the Southern) and we start to hear the jingling of bells and the smell of fresh Christmas trees – plus planning for the New Year. And, of course, we start thinking of affordable gifts for our family and friends…

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What better way to share your token of appreciation and passion of living roofs and walls than with Greenroofs.com‘s new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar?  At only $9.95 each, it’s very affordable – with discounts for orders over 10, too.  Plus we’ll include free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and Canada (please call for international rates).

And to make gift-giving even easier, we’ll send them directly to your people in your name!

The cover sports the gorgeous California Academy of Sciences, The Osher Living Roof – thanks to Tom Fox of the SWA Group for permission to use his beautiful photo!

In addition to tons of greenroof and wall happenings listed from around the world from Upcoming Events, your 2014 Calendar highlights these spectacular projects from across the globe from The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database:

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January features the GOLISANO INSTITUTE for SUSTAINABILITY in Rochester, NY. 

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February features the NASHVILLE MUSIC CITY CENTER in Nashville, TN.

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March features the HANOVER® ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS in Hanover, PA. 

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April features the WILLIAMS ENGINEERING Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

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May features the 1133 AVENUE of the AMERICAS Building in New York, NY. 

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June features the DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER in Pittsburgh, PA.

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July features the MORZINE AQUATICS CENTER in Morzine, France.

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August features the GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET in Grand Rapids, MI.

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September features the VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR CENTRE in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

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October features the THE REPUBLIK BUILDING in Durham, NC.

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November features the CASA FELIZ STUDIOS in San Jose, CA.

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December features the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND in Washington, D.C.

2014Calendar-QRcodeLearn more about each profile by simply scanning the QR Code with your smartphone or tablet built-in camera.  If you don’t want to scan, you can still get more information about each project the old fashioned way – by entering the Project ID number located under each photo in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

See our November 26, 2013 Press Release “Our new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar is available for purchase!” and visit the Calendar page on Greenroofs.com to order yours today.

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Special thanks go to our 2014 Calendar Sponsors:
Barrett Company, Bioroof, Carlisle, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi),
Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal iD,
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Happy gift-giving (and receiving),

~ Linda V.

 

Greenroof Project of the Week for September 16, 2013: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)

September 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/16/13

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
Los Angeles, CA, USA

12,700 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Integrated into the landscape of Pan Pacific Park now in its 4th location, the new award-winning LEED Gold certified Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States and has a two-fold mission that has remained constant since its inception in 1961: commemoration and education. The client wanted an above ground iconic museum building and the architect wanted to maintain open space by submersion.

Designed collaboratively by Lisa Lee Benjamin of Evo Catalyst and Karla Dakin of K. Dakin Design, the roof landscape is a visionary response to the complex contemporary architecture of Belzberg Architects. Roofmeadow included Types I (12″ deep growing media), II (4″), and III (6″) assemblies and states, “With dramatic contours and steep grades (45 degree pitches), this accessible green roof supports grasses, perennials, succulents and fosters the sense that the entire building visually dissolves into the surrounding landscape.”

Year: 2010
Owner: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 12,700 sq.ft.
Slope: 40%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Belzberg Architects
General Contractor: Winters-Schram
Structural Consultant: William Koh & Associates
Soils Engineer: Irvine Geotechnical
Environmental Engineer: Enviropro, Inc.
Landscape Architect & Greenroof Design: Karla Dakin, K. Dakin Design
Greenroof Design: Lisa Lee Benjamin, Evo Catalyst
Greenroof System: Roofmeadow
Grasses Consultant: John Greenlee

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.