Project of the Week for August 22, 2016: The B.O.B. Sky Patio

August 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/22/16

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The B.O.B. Sky Patio
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
608 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Sky Patio at The B.O.B. – an acronym for Big Old Building – is a landmark destination for dining and entertainment and a prime location in western Michigan to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The 70,000-square-foot, four-story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as Judson’s Grocery warehouse and stood vacant for decades before The Gilmore Collection saved it from demolition and began its multi-venue transformation which opened in 1997. Accessed through Bobarino’s, the second floor restaurant, The B.O.B. Sky Patio features a double-sided green wall that surrounds guests with greenery and provides fresh produce for the kitchen.

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Installed in August 2015 using the LiveWall system, the double-sided green wall totals 608 square feet. The three exterior sections are attached to the outside of the fencing that surrounds the patio. Facing out to the street, these sections frame the Sky Patio on three sides with annuals and perennials including coleus, impatiens, bigroot geranium, and vinca vine. There are five interior sections: three on the inside of the perimeter fence, and two on the back wall of the building. In addition to flowers, the interior sections include vegetables and herbs used in all of their everyday dishes such as parsley, chives, and varieties of kale, Swiss chard, and rainbow carrots. The B.O.B.’s mixology team also incorporates fresh basil, mint, lemongrass, and thyme into special summer cocktails. In addition, the green walls provide opportunities to work with outreach organizations, local schools, food co-ops, and neighborhood associations. Contributing to the beautification of downtown plus dampening traffic sounds, the living walls green up the exterior and interior of The B.O.B. Sky Patio, making it more inviting from the street below and enhancing the dining experience of the guests.

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Year: 2015
Owner: Gilmore Collection Restaurants
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 608 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Director of Sustainability: Alice Jasper, The Gilmore Collection
Greenwall System: LiveWall®
Gardener: Barbie Smith, The Gilmore Collection
Greenwall Maintenance: The Gilmore Collection
Bobarino’s Chef: Mick Rickerd

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

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Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

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Project of the Week for July 25, 2016: Marina Barrage

July 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/25/16

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Marina Barrage
Singapore
140,700 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

The Marina Barrage is a 350 meter-wide dam built at the confluence of five rivers across the Marina Channel to create Singapore’s first urban reservoir. The reservoir boosts Singapore’s water supply, alleviates flooding in low lying areas, and provides a new lifestyle attraction and venue for recreational activities. To exemplify Singapore’s commitment in environmental and water sustainability, the Barrage is designed with environmentally friendly principles in mind. Designed by Architects Team 3, features such as a massive roof garden, solar panels, and a rainwater collection system were incorporated. The green roof is accessible via a lift inside the main complex, or visitors can walk up through its beautifully arced looping pathway.

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Visitors to the Marina Barrage are free to play, picnic or simply relax on the expansive recreational space provided by the green roof. Under the lush sloping green lawn and recreational space on the green roof lie 14,000 square meters of VersiCell drainage modules by Elmich, made from 100% recycled plastics. The sprinkler system on the rooftop is linked to sensors which detect water from rainfall. Marina Barrage says, “The grass and soil shield the building from the sun and reduces maximum surface temperature by 3° centigrade.” Double-glazed glass panels on the building also reduce heat and the 405 panels of the Solar Park atop the green roof generate about 50% of the daytime electricity needed for indoor lighting and power points at the Barrage. The green roof commands a panoramic view of Singapore’s cityscape to one side of the magnificent Marina Bay Sands, the adjacent Gardens by the Bay and its magnificent Cloud Forest conservatory, and the Singapore Flyer. It also affords an unobstructed view of the harbor and amazing views of the South China Sea on the other. Marina Barrage is truly a showpiece of environmental sustainability and a beautiful multi-purpose attraction.

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Year: 2008
Owner: PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 140700 sq.ft.
Slope: 8%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Architects Team 3 Pte Ltd, Singapore
Landscape Contract Owner: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer and Manufacturer of VersiCell sub-soil drainage modules: Elmich Pte Ltd
Structural and Buildings Services: SKM Singapore
Main Contractor: Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

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Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

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Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

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Project of the Week for July 18, 2016: FOOD ROOF Farm

July 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/18/16

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FOOD ROOF Farm
St. Louis, MO, USA
8,500 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Urban Harvest STL, a St Louis nonprofit, empowers communities to cultivate equitable access to healthy, sustainably grown food and enhance biodiversity in cities. After years of gardening on the ground, the Urban Harvest STL founders combined their background in architecture with HOK with their experience in urban agriculture to design and build St Louis’s first rooftop farm, the FOOD ROOF Farm. Community engagement drove the design and the project illustrates various rooftop farming growing techniques including the intensive greenroof, hydroponic towers, raised beds, modular planters and greenhouse and tracks best practices for growing each crop efficiently.

Built in 2015, the 8,500 square foot FOOD ROOF Farm is located in the heart of downtown St Louis above a two-story storage facility utilizing a Sika Sarnafil PVC waterproofing membrane, which doubles as a root barrier, and pavers from Bison Innovative Products. With additional consulting and design services from Hanging Gardens, the hybrid intensive greenroof system and farm was built in conjunction with volunteers along with Urban Harvest STL. Over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers are grown annually and more than 3,000 pounds of organic food is produced each year. The majority is donated to people who need it the most in the community. Other notable farm features include a Milkweed for Monarchs pollinator garden and keeping over 40,000 honeybees and 5 chickens. The community hub space hosts over 20 educational workshops and activities each year. And, the robust green roof infrastructure captures up to 17,000 gallons of stormwater per storm event, which equates to over 1,819,000 gallons annually. Rainwater captured is utilized for plant growth, reducing irrigation needs by up to 50%. Urban Harvest STL set out to not only create a social impact but also create an ecological return as well; they are increasing biodiversity gains and pollinator health on their rooftop. The FOOD ROOF Farm is growing healthy food and a community of healthy people.

Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

Year: 2015
Owner: Urban Harvest STL
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 8500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Urban Harvest STL Executive Director, Co-Founder & Designer: Mary Ostafi, AIA, LEED-AP
Urban Harvest STL Co-Founder & Designer: Joseph Ostafi AIA, LEED-AP, Regional Leader for Science and Technology, HOK
Architect: Charlie Lutz, Senior Designer, HOK
Greenroof Design & Consultant: Anthony Mayer GRP, LEED AP, Chief Executive Officer, Hanging Gardens
Roofing Contractor: Tom Cox, President, Bi-State Roof Systems, Inc.
Waterproofing Membrane: John Bernardi, Regional Manager, Sika Sarnafil
Certified Irrigation Designer: Craig Pisarkiewicz, MPR Supply Company
Paver Provider: David Mudd, Hardscapes Sales, Midwest Block & Brick
Paver Provider: Hilary Porter, Central Regional Sales Manager, Bison Innovative Products
Greenhouse Provider: Greg Garbos, Owner, Small Farm Tools
Structural Engineer: Kent MacPeek, Frontenac Engineering
Growing Media: St. Louis Composting
Growing Media: WaterGrip Brownie

Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

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Project of the Week FOOD ROOF Farm

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Project of the Week for May 23, 2016: Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall

May 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/23/16

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Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
200 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Based in West Michigan, Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group. And Spectrum Health’s heart and vascular care experts deliver world-class care. In June 2015, Spectrum Health installed a 200-square-foot green wall outside an entrance to the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center. Measuring 5’4” high by 20’ wide on each side, the freestanding living wall is a unique two-sided installation, proposed by Dave MacKenzie of LiveWall.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

The east-facing side is the Heart Planted Wall, visible as patients and staff come up to the building entrance. It’s landscaped with a distinctive design of three heart shapes expressed in a dark red color with Coral Bells plus other perennials and sedums. The west side facing toward the building is the Vertical Edibles Garden planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs, promoting healthy eating for healthy hearts. Vegetables grown here include tomatoes, green peppers, Swiss chard, kale, leeks and herbs such as oregano, basil, rosemary, and mint. Spectrum Health Medical Group Nurse Kathleen Nickerson envisioned the heart design as an art piece to promote healthy living, symbolizing the process patients are engaged in to restore or improve their cardiovascular health. She says, “The two sides are the two sides of heart health.” In total 150 plants with about a dozen different types were planted in the LiveWall Outdoor System with Automatic Irrigation. During work breaks, staff enjoy looking at the green wall and gather at picnic tables and benches placed on the lawn nearby. They also benefit from harvesting herbs and vegetables to take home. Overall, the green wall is a sustainability statement with a clear line of sight from the parking lot and sidewalk leading up to the building. The prominent two-sided green wall not only welcomes patients and staff as they enter the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center, but the thriving living wall also inspires heart health with its unique, thoughtful, and demonstrative design.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Year: 2015
Owner: Spectrum Health System
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 200 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System: LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation
Green Wall Design: Kathleen Nickerson, R.N., Spectrum Health System
Green Wall Design: Dave MacKenzie, LiveWall
Green Wall Maintenance: Kloosterman Landscaping, Inc.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

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