Video & Project of the Week for August 31, 2015: Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing Vertical Garden

September 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/31/15

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Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing Vertical Garden
San Francisco, CA, USA
1,720 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Founded in 1908, Drew School is a fully accredited co-educational college preparatory school enrolling 250 students in grades 9 through 12. Designed by Bonnie Fisher and Boris Dramov of Roma Design Group, the new $15 million Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing, performing arts space, and classroom building is among the first high school buildings in the Bay Area to attain LEED Gold Certification for New Construction and for School Pilot. Opened in 2011, green features of the award-winning new assembly wing include an external 1,720 sf vertical garden designed by Patrick Blanc, a 2,630 sf living roof designed by Rana Creek, recycled and sustainable USGBC-certified materials, and environmental sensors.

Covering the street side wall of the new Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing, the hydroponic vertical garden is made up of about 4,579 native Californian plants and approximately 64 of the 105 species are from the San Francisco Bay area. The vertical garden and greenroof combined cover about 30% of the building surfaces, or approximately 4,350 sf of plants, which is double the size of the original parcel of land from the 1800’s. The greenwall plants were arranged from sun loving down to shade loving understory species; just a few include flannelbush, Red buckwheat, Douglas iris, Santa Rosa Island sage, blue-eyed grass, and maidenhair fern. Helping students develop a deeper understanding of environmental systems, they study the plants on the wall as a living lab for many subjects such as botany, chemistry, and physics. Besides being an extraordinary educational resource for the high school, the Drew School vertical garden brings a vibrant lushness to the public environment of the city.

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Year: 2011
Owner:
Drew School
Location:
San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type:
Educational
Type:
Living Wall
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
1,720 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect and Landscape Architect: Boris Dramov & Bonnie Fisher, ROMA Design Group
Vertical Garden Design: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Mur Végétal (Vertical Garden)
Living Roof Design: Rana Creek
Landscape Contractor / Plant Supplier: Rana Creek Design / Nursery
Structural / Waterproofing: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Irrigation Consultant: DD Pagano, Inc.
Irrigation Components: Rain Bird, Toro, Fertiboost, Badger
LEED Certification: Simon & Associates
General Contractor: Herrero Builders

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Video & Project of the Week for August 17, 2015: 909 Walnut

August 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/17/15

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909 Walnut
Kansas City, MO, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Boasting twin-spires atop 35-stories, 909 Walnut is Missouri’s and the Midwest’s tallest residential building outside of Chicago. Built in 1930-31 as the Fidelity National Bank & Trust Building, the multi-award winning 909 Walnut is on the National Register of Historic Places. A historic update and makeover in the 2000s transformed the art-deco building to its original grand scale with 161 luxury condos, 90,000 square feet of commercial office space and with a 323-space attached, eight-story, gated garage. Designed by Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC), the top of the garage boasts a 16,000-square-foot award-winning rooftop garden with cabanas, trees, sod lawn, and seasonal greenery.

Envisioned as a secluded retreat for residents, JBC incorporated many green technologies to confront the inherent challenges of constructing green roof projects in the urban fabric. Special soil profiles, 6″ for lawn area and 8″ to 18″ for landscape beds, were specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of this demanding site. The site’s extensive use required considerable agronomic innovation to ensure sustainability of the landscape under heavy daily use by residents and pets. Professional testing services and consulting by Turf & Soil Diagnostics on the green roof ensured success. The roof garden captures 75% of annual rainfall for use by the plants which provides a lot of help with stormwater permitting. The 909 Walnut green roof has become an icon of Kansas City, frequently seen on banquet invitations, professional model shoots and educational sessions fueling an explosion of green roof construction in the region.

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Year: 2005
Owner: Simbol Commercial Inc. and Housing Horizons, LLC
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 16,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Stott & Associates Architects P.C.
General Contractor: The Weitz Company
Landscape Architect: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Landscape, Soil, & Irrigation Contractor: H&R Lawn and Landscape
Waterproofing/Roofing Contractor: Delta Services
Waterproofing Supplier: Soprema
Green Roof Testing Services: Turf & Soil Diagnostics

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Video & Project of the Week for July 20, 2015: Prudential Tower Living Wall

July 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/20/15

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Prudential Tower
Newark, NJ, USA
1,760 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Located on a prominent site that faces Broad Street and overlooks the newly renovated Military Park, the $444 million, 650,000 sf Prudential Tower will redefine the park’s western edge and strengthen the city’s downtown core, providing a state-of-the-art office building for more than 3,000 employees. A massive G-O2® green wall spanning 32′ x 55′ faces the main entrance in the new plaza, and is one of the largest in New Jersey. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the project is seeking LEED Gold certification and includes many other green amenities such as a 5th-floor cafeteria that steps out onto a green roof garden.

Drawing on inspiration from Prudential’s logo, the Rock of Gibraltar, KPF extrapolated segments of the rock outcropping’s stratification and created the living wall’s composition and plant color selection. Collaborating with Plant Connection, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture designed a plant palette that met the client’s needs and was also tailored to address the different microclimates that occur on the living wall. Plant Connection carefully overlaid the final design onto their panel grid and after refinements began growing the living wall panels at their 42-acre nursery late last summer. Overwintering in their greenhouses, Plant Connection was able to closely monitor the project and ensure it would be ready for this spring. The G-O2® Living Wall, along with the other green architecture at Prudential Tower, will set a high standard for sustainable development in the area.

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Year: 2015
Owner: Prudential Financial
Location: Newark, NJ, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,760 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Landscape Architect:
W Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Installation: Let It Grow
Maintenance: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes

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Video & Project of the Week for July 13, 2015: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

July 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/13/15

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Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Atlanta, GA, USA
68,000 sf. Greenroofs

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Project Description & Details

The former site of the iconic Rich’s Department Store (Atlanta’s most popular retailer throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries), the present Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center serves as the home of several federal agencies, including the GSA and EPA Region 4, and is one of Atlanta’s most environmentally friendly facilities. The center encompasses the six-story Rich’s Building and its beloved clock as the cornerstone of the facade (from 1924), the 10-story Midrise, the eight-story Bridge Building, and the 24-story high-rise Tower. Utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the $2.6 million project renovation’s goals, consistent with the General Services Administration’s roofing program, were to provide thermal and moisture protection; conserve energy and the environment; reduce utility costs; and help attain energy security by meeting Energy Independence and Security Act requirements.

In testing the roofs’ structural integrity, it was determined that part of the Rich’s portion could not support a vegetated roof; it was changed to a white, 60 mil Tremco “Cool Roof.” But the two Tremco vegetated roofs are highlights of the buildings with planting plans designed by Tremco Roo?ng’s Mary Ann Uhlmann. Installed by Greenrise Technologies, more than 198,000 colorful sedums, delospermas, native cacti, alliums and more were planted 3 per sf and are set in 4″ of growing media from ItSaul Natural. The combination of roofing systems is meeting the project goals, providing such benefits as a lower installed cost than planned, cutting heating and cooling costs, reducing stormwater runoff by more than 600,000 gallons, and reducing the strain on rooftop HVAC equipment. The collaborative efforts of the National Building Contractors team and the GSA designed a vegetated roof system that not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also recycled 80% of the existing roof material including the pavers, waterproofing membrane, and rigid insulation.

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Year: 2010
Owner: GSA
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 68,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Original Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
GSA Architects: Roland Royster and Steven Moore
General Contractor: National Building Contractors
Engineer and Roof Consultant: Michael E. Clark, MEC&A
Waterproofing: Tremco
Greenroof System: Tremco
Senior Field Advisor: Jim Lohmann, Tremco
Horticulturalist and Greenroof Designer: Mary Ann Uhlmann, Tremco
Vegetative Roof Project Manager: Scott McGaughey, Greenrise Technologies
Growing Media, Plant Installation, & Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies
Growing Media: ItSaulNatural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries

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