Project of the Week for September 18, 2017: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage

September 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/18/17

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage
Seattle, WA, USA
87,120 sf Greenroofs plus multiple green infrastructure elements

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people and its campus is a paragon of sustainable features. Designed by NBBJ Architects and completed in 2011, the multi-award winning Gates Foundation’s headquarters is the largest LEED-NC Platinum Certified nonprofit building in the world. Located across the street from the Seattle Space Needle, the former 12-acre asphalt parking lot had previously emptied its runoff into Puget Sound. But the design team including landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) created a stylish palette of mostly natives, including big leaf maples and edibles, along with drought tolerant non-natives. And, the campus features a total of two acres of extensive greenroofs, each with a five inch depth with plantings of sedum and sempervivum.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Completed first in 2008, most striking is the Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage, with its 1.5 acre undulating living roof from American Hydrotech. The multifaceted structure is flooded with natural light and the high-vaulted roof is cut with a dramatic skylight. Working with NBBJ and GGN, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company led the water resource management design, including a 100 percent non-potable irrigation system, water harvesting, subsurface drainage, green roofs, and soils engineering.

Rainwater is filtered by the greenroofs and directed from paved areas into a million-gallon cistern, currently harvesting 3.3 million gallons of rainwater a year. Conservation strategies reduce energy consumption by 39 percent via a solar array, thermal energy, and more. Potable water use is reduced by 79 percent through landscape features, rainwater storage, and the living roofs. This represents an upfront investment in the 100-year energy-efficient building that will pay for itself in fewer than 30 years. In addition to regenerating the surrounding downtown Seattle community, the ecologically and workplace-sensitive campus design has created a new world model for sustainable urban campuses.

Publisher’s Note: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage greenroof will be featured on one of the tours at CitiesAlive 2017.  Join colleagues on Thursday, September 21 at 9:00am – 12:00pm – click to learn more.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Year: 2008
Owner: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center (garage only co-owned)
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use – Commercial: Above-Ground Parking Garage and Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 87120 sq.ft. (approximately 2 acres between all of the greenroof on the campus)
Slope: Varies to about 7%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: NBBJ
Landscape Architect: GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol)
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Landscape Contractor: Pacific Earthworks
Greenroof Plant and Ecology Consultant: Rana Creek
Multiple Engineering Services: Arup
General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company, Inc.
Irrigation and Soils: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

More Info

View the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 9/18/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Sean Airhart/NBBJ; ©GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), including one each by ©Timothy Hursley and ©Sellen Construction Company; and ©Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company.

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Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Last Chance to Register for CitiesAlive with Early Bird Rates, Offer Ends September 7th! by GRHC

September 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7

It’s not too late to be early!
CitiesAlive Conference // September 18-21, 2017 // Seattle

Join colleagues at the most engaging green infrastructure conference this year.  Technical sessions and keynote speakers will highlight the latest in green infrastructure policy, design and economics – you won’t want to miss this!

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, now in our 15th year, we invite you to attend the CitiesAlive Conference held on September 18, 19 & 20 to see over 50 green infrastructure experts speak, attend training courses to enhance your career, and tour Seattle’s finest green infrastructure projects.

See the full conference agenda here.  Register for your CitiesAlive experience here.

Take advantage of our early bird rates and see the following green infrastructure expert speakers:

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7THE HUMAN FACTOR
Kathleen Wolf, Ph. D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at UW and a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station focused on Urban Forestry and
Stewardship. Since receiving her Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Dr. Wolf’s research has focused on the human dimensions of urban forestry and ecosystems.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7THE ART OF INTEGRATING BLUE, GREEN AND SOCIAL
Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab
What is livability in today’s context and how can we achieve this in dense urban spaces? Blue-green infrastructure will become a necessity as a survival and success strategy for Cities faced with the challenges of climate change and urbanization. This presentation talks about how to implement these technologies for liveable cities, using the example of innovative and award-winning blue-green infrastructure projects, including Bishan Park in Singapore, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and Queens Botanical Garden in New York.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7BREAKING GROUND WITH BIOPHILIC DESIGN
Bill Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP
One of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. Early in his career, Bill built Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green LLC an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Bank of America, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning is a founding board member of USGBC. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design and building practices. He is a co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate; A Primer on Sustainable Building; Greening the Building and the Bottom Line; Biophilic Design; The Economics of Biophilia; Midcentury (un)Modern; and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7SHAPING OUR CITIES
Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
She is an executive and planner committed to advancing equitable and sustainable cities and regions through collaboration and strategic investment. She has led management and policy coordination of a renowned public utility and the direction of an international design and planning firm.In her public sector and private practice roles, Mami has guided planning and implementation of award-winning green infrastructure, economic development, sustainability, and waterfront programs across the United States. In those efforts she has advanced sustainable land and water management practices through cultivating leaders, partnerships, participation, planning and knowledge sharing.

Paying Tribute

We will be recognizing the late Stephen Kellert, forefather of biophilic design.

“One of the greatest challenges of our age is how to live in compatible and even harmonious relations to the natural world. Living architecture represents an important step in the direction of reconciling people and nature in the modern built environment…”

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7Stephen Kellert
Yale Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Founding Partner + Consultant for Biological Capital

Attending CitiesAlive?  Enhance your professional practice with these educational opportunities:

All courses will be taking place Monday, September 18th at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel:

  • Green Roof Design & Installation
       Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Advanced Green Roof Maintenance
       Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture
       Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • Green Walls Design 101 (New)
       Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Stormwater Workshop
       Time: 8:30pm – 12:00pm
  • Biophilic Design Workshop
       Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Learn more about these comprehensive courses here.

All training courses are approved for CEUs by AIA, BOMA, LA CES, APLD, RCI and GRP

Exclusive Green Infrastructure Tours!

This year at CitiesAlive join us as we explore green roofs, rooftop gardens, LID projects and sustainable buildings with our expert guides.  Tours include:

Wednesday, September 20 at 3:00pm – 6:00pm:

  • The Bertschi School
  • UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden

Thursday, September 21 at 9:00am – 12:00pm:

  • Amazon Campus Green Roof Visual Tour
  • Bellevue City Hall Green Roof Tour
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Green Roof Tour
  • Bullitt Center Tour
  • Freeway Park Tour
  • High Point Community Tour

3:00pm – 6:00pm:

  • Etera Mount Vernon Site Tour

Fantastic Networking Opportunities

Mingle with international and local Green Infrastructure experts and catch up with colleagues at the CitiesAlive Evening Reception on September 18th from 8:30pm – 11:30pm at the Seattle Aquarium.

Tickets are included with all conference registrations.  A la carte registration is available for only $49.

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7

Register by September 7 and Save $50!

Register now as rates increase 10% at the door!  Can’t attend CitiesAlive?  Order the conference recording here to check out what you missed afterwards.

To register visit citiesalive.org

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Last Chance Register CitiesAlive Early Bird Rates Ends September 7

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Join Us at CitiesAlive 2017 to Pay Tribute to a Pioneer in Biophilic Design – Stephen Kellert! by Steven Peck

August 21, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

2017 CitiesAlive ~ Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places

At the 15th Annual Cascadia CitiesAlive in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017, we at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities are planning to pay tribute at the Opening Plenary to a pioneer in the field of biophilic design, Stephen Kellert. With an outstanding panel, we will explore his work and the frontiers of this revolutionary approach to designing buildings and communities.

I first met Stephen more than 15 years ago and since that time, we have been promoting his thinking about biophilic design in our Green Roof Professional Training courses.  Biophilic design is very supportive of implementing green roofs and walls, which are both positive elements that confer human health and well being benefits.

He also delivered several inspiring keynote addresses at former CitiesAlive conferences.

And in addition, Stephen wrote an important Forward to The Rise of Living Architecture, our 10th Anniversary Book, wherein he stated:

“One of the greatest challenges of our age is how to live in compatible and even harmonious relations to the natural world. Living architecture represents an important step in the direction of reconciling people and nature in the modern built environment and the industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been in the forefront of this effort.”

Tribute at the Opening Plenary

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

In Seattle, an Opening Plenary panel of renown experts including Bill Browning of Terrapin Green; Bert Gregory, Principal, Mithun; Gail Vittori, Chair, Green Building Certification Institute; and Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of International Living Future Institute will reflect on his legacy and discuss future developments in the field.

Plenary & Reception, Monday, September 18, 2017

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks: Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health
Master of Ceremonies: Steven Peck, GRP, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
Kathleen Wolf, PhD, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Trade Show & Opening Reception

8:30pm – 11:30pm

Local Host Reception – Seattle Aquarium

Stephen Kellert was a kind and passionate man, especially where it came to fostering a better relationship between people and nature.  He inspired many people with whom he worked and taught. He was a revered professor at Yale University at The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

One of Stephen’s most notable achievements was that he pioneered the application of biophilic design to the built form.  He believed that having biophilic designed buildings would help people become healthier and happier.

Biophilic Design Workshop

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

At CitiesAlive we are delighted to have another pioneer, Bill Browning, lead the first ever design workshop on maximizing biophilic benefits through green roof and wall design just prior to the Opening Plenary.  At the workshop, we hope to maximize the number of biophilic elements that can be incorporated into green roof and wall projects.

Biophilic design is also one of the performance characteristics that is built into the Green Infrastructure Foundation’s Living Architecture Performance Tool, a green roof and wall performance rating system that will be open for comment on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Seattle.

Register by September 7 and Save $50!

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

Please join us for our CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and help us pay tribute to his contributions, shape the future of the industry, and strengthen our ability to use green roofs and walls to improve our health and well being.

Sincerely yours,

~ Steven W. Peck

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).  He is also co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation in Toronto, Canada.

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Register for CitiesAlive 2017 by September 7 to save $50 by Kara Orr

July 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Register by September 7 and Save $50!

Countless reasons abound to join colleagues at CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference taking place in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  With an all-new theme, Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places, you will explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology, and design through the lens of the different climates and cities within Cascadia.

Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s dynamic conference:

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

1. REGIONAL FOCUS

CitiesAlive 2017 includes over 80 Cascadia-specific, North American, and international expert-led presentations, and an all new In the Design Studio With… session.  Keynote speakers include:

  • Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
  • Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun• Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects
  • Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department
  • Gil Kelly, Chief Planner and General Manager, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
  • Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design
  • Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland
  • Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
  • Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
  • Kathleen Wolf, PhD, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
  • Plus many, many more!

See the full agenda here.

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

2. CONNECT

Celebrate the region, make new contacts, and strengthen existing relationships with more networking opportunities than ever! Mingle on the Trade Show Floor with outstanding exhibitors, celebrate Green Roof Professionals at the GRP Welcome Reception, honor colleagues at the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and make new memories at the Local Host Committee Reception taking place at the Seattle Aquarium.

To make it easier than ever, ALL of these outstanding events are INCLUDED in the new Advanced Delegate Pass!

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

3. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

With knowledgeable guides leading the way, tour the most interesting green infrastructure projects that Seattle has to offer such as on September 20th and 21st:

  • The Bertschi School Tour
  • Bellevue City Hall’s Green Roof Tour
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Building’s Green Roof Tour
  • Bullitt Center Tour
  • Etera’s Mount Vernon Site
  • Freeway Park Tour
  • High Point Community Tour
  • UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden

4. NEW TRAINING COURSES

Whether you are an emerging professional or a seasoned expert the CitiesAlive training courses are carefully curated to meet your learning needs.  Choose from five courses including Green Roof Design & Installation, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Advanced Green Roof Maintenance, and new this year, Stormwater Workshop and a Biophilic Design Workshop.

CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 11 continuing education / professional development credits for LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, and RCI.

5. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

CitiesAlive programming (Trade Show, all technical sessions, opening & closing plenaries, GRP Welcome Reception, and Awards of Excellence) is taking place at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel – located right in the heart of downtown Seattle.  This all-in-one solution ensures you won’t miss a single thing!

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s CitiesAlive and the continued development of the green roof and wall industry.

Early Bird Discount: Register by September 7 to save $50.

Visit CitiesAlive.org to plan your CitiesAlive experience.

~ By Kara Orr

CitiesAlive Green Roof Wall Conference Awards Excellence Submissions Kara Orr

Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America through education and advocacy. Contact Kara to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Kara at: korr@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x226.