Video & Project of the Week for March 30, 2015: David L. Lawrence Convention Center

March 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/30/15

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David L. Lawrence Convention Center
(Pittsburgh Convention Center)
South Terrace
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
22,400 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center effectively blends unparalleled space, functionality, and flexibility with cutting-edge technology to offer meeting planners, show organizers, exhibitors, and visitors a location for an unforgettable event experience. Its iconic design takes inspiration from the historic suspension bridges that span the Allegheny River adjacent to the riverfront site, and provides the latest chapter in Pittsburgh’s long history of engineering and technological innovations. At the time of completion, it was the only convention center in the world to receive LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings and LEED Gold for New Construction.

Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the South Terrace has the publicly accessible Living Roof – over 20,000 sqft of green roof space located on the third floor, cityside, featuring over 7,000 perennials, grasses, and sedums. The roof was designed to retain up to 80% of the annual rainfall by incorporating both extensive and intensive Roof Garden sections from Carlisle SynTec Systems. The extensive sections are vegetated using sedum mats while the intensive sections are vegetated using 75 different native and adaptive plant species. The Roof Garden with its water-jet cut blue paver plaza area reflects the nearby Allegheny River and speaks to the stormwater benefits of green roofs, creating a highly usable space that can be used by visitors or for special events. Based on research gathered by the US EPA, it is estimated that the South Terrace Green Roof will remove almost 680 pounds of particulate matter from the air annually, which is approximately equivalent to the annual emissions of 255 passenger vehicles.

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Year: 2011
Owner: The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 22,400 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Single Source Greenroof System Supplier: Carlisle Syntec
Project Design/Architects: Pashek Associates
Roof System Installation: Cuddy Roofing & Eisler Landscapes
Construction Manager: Turner Construction/P. J. Dick/ATS
Photography: TJ Willetts, Burns & Scalo
Owners Representative Services: Oxford Development
Educational Signage & Research: The Penn State Center

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Video & Project of the Week for March 23, 2015: Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

March 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/23/15

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Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology
Philadelphia, PA, USA
9,480 sf. Greenroofs

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Project Description & Details

Demonstrating the University of Pennsylvania’s leadership in the emerging field, the LEED Gold certified Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is a premier $91.5 million state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratory facility. The 78,000-gross-square-foot facility houses several multi-user experimental laboratories critical to advanced research and development in nanotechnology, woven together by collaborative public spaces that enable interaction between different fields. Defined by a 1.7-acre central campus green at a new gateway to the campus, the building also features a courtyard, public galleria, a forum space, high-profile conference rooms, and two green roof spaces.

Responsible as architect and for site design, WEISS/MANFREDI focused the laboratories around a new central quad. This convergence of architecture and landscape at the heart of this project provides a new indoor/outdoor open space for interaction, allowing panoramic exterior views, opening the sciences to the University landscape, and making research activities highly visible. The green roofs crown the 68-foot cantilevered volume – one lower, partially accessible intensive roof with native plants, and one upper extensive roof with sedums. They are considered a “miniaturization” of the building’s courtyard. The Roofmeadow Type III Savannah Intensive Vegetative Roof Assembly was installed utilizing 3 inches of drainage media with varying depths of growing media planted with assorted sedums and native trees, perennials and grasses.

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is the 2015 Recipient of the Institute Honor Awards for Architecture from the AIA.

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Year: 2013
Owner: University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Laboratory Facility
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 9,480 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof System Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Green Roof Contractor: G.R.A.S.S. and EDA Contractor
Architect & Site Design: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Greenroof Design: WEISS/MANFREDI
Civil Engineer: Stantec Consulting
General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
Photography: Albert Vecerka/Esto Courtesy of WEISS/MANFREDI; Roofmeadow

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Video & Project of the Week for March 16, 2015: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

March 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/16/15

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY, USA
297,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

With 840,000 gross square feet of exhibit space, the Javits Center is New York City’s largest venue for conventions, trade shows and special events. Designed in 1986 by I. M. Pei, the iconic facility embarked on a major renovation project in 2010 that includes a new roof, re-doing the building’s signature curtain wall with high-performance glass, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, and interior reconfigurations to enhance the visitor experience as well as boost operational efficiency. Early on, concrete pavers or a green roof were considered as alternatives for a protective element for the new roof. However, the weight of pavers would have required a structural upgrade to the roof to support their weight load.

FXFOWLE Epstein, the architects for the LEED Silver certified renovation project, and CRS, the waterproofing consultant, specified the Xero Flor Green Roof System, whose vegetative mats include 14 different varieties of Sedum, for various reasons. By re-cladding the building with high-performance, bird-safe glass, upgrading the control systems and the lighting fixtures – and adding a green roof – the building will achieve an estimated 26 percent reduction in the Javits Center’s energy use. And by moderating the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff, the green roof will contribute to improved water quality in the Hudson River. Clayton Rugh, Ph.D. of Xero Flor America calculated the green roof will prevent approximately 6.8 million gallons of runoff per year. In the spring and summer of 2014, 11 species of birds were spotted on the Javits Center green roof during a study conducted by the Audubon Society and Fordham University. Completed in October 2014 and measuring 297,000 sf, the Javits Center is the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the U.S. (after the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant).

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Year: 2014
Owner: New York Convention Center Corporation
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 297,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: FXFOWLE Epstein (a joint venture between FXFOWLE Architects and Epstein Global)
Construction Manager: Tishman Construction Corporation (AECOM)
Waterproofing Consultant: Commercial Roofing Solutions (CRS), Inc.
Waterproofing Membrane: Siplast Teranap Modified Bitumen System
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xero Flor America (XFA)
Green Roof System: Xero Flor XF301+1″XT
Green Roof Installer: United States Roofing Corporation
Irrigation Contractor: National Lawn Sprinklers, Inc.
Green Roof Maintenance Contractor: New York Green Roofs

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Video & Project of the Week for March 9, 2015: Europa Congress Palace Convention Center (Palacio de Congresos)

March 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/09/15

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Europa Congress Palace Convention Center Greenwall –
Palacio de Congresos
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
16,060 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Designated the 2012 European Green Capital because of its biodiversity and integration of greenspace into its urban fabric, Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Álava in northern Spain. Located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Europa Congress and Exhibition Hall is a multi-purpose venue for fairs and conferences. In an effort to bring Álava’s ecosystems to the center of the city, in 2013 a large greenwall was designed and installed on three sides of the building by Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen in association with Urbaser and Zikotz.

Another primary motive for the beautiful and distinctive Palacio de Congresos living wall was to capture energy savings. The “F+P preplant” system adds a thermal resistance of 2,644 m2.K/W, representing a 270% increase over the existing facade insulation. Encompassing a total vegetative surface of 1,492 m2, 1,000 m2 consist of a F+H Hydroponic system and 492 m2 of climbing plants that cover the windows. Over 33,000 native plants of different varieties were planted from the area of Álava and the Basque Country. The design draws on the ecosystems that exist in the vicinity of Vitoria-Gasteiz and represents them along the length of the facade. From left to right are the vegetative communities of the Salburua wetlands; countryside agricultural field plots planted with seasonal crops; loamy hill ecosystems; and the beech forests of the local Vitoria mountains. At the base of the greenwall a continuous backlit Corten steel seatwall integrates informative signage, allowing visitors in both Spanish and Basque to learn about the various ecosystems that are reproduced in the vertical garden along with the plant species that comprise each. A striking framework of aluminum strips straddle the building and delineate the various zones. Portions on two sides are illuminated at night, making the convention center a dramatic focal point of the city.

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Year: 2013
Owner: City of Vitoria-Gasteiz
Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size:
16,060 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Design & Management: Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen
Greenwall System: F+P Hydroponic
Construction: Zikotz and Urbaser
Photography: Quintas Fotografos, Jordi Serramia Ruiz, and Hugo Riquelme Ortega

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