Project of the Week for April 18, 2016: Private West Village, NY Penthouse Terrace

April 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/18/16

Private West Village, NY Penthouse Terrace
New York, NY, USA
144 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

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Occupying the 18th floor of an Art Deco building in a landmark district in New York’s Greenwich Village, this 2,500 square foot terrace wraps the four sides of a penthouse apartment whose living space it nearly doubles. As an integral part of the clients’ living space, the terrace brings the domestic program outside into distinct ‘rooms.’ With a simple palette of steel, reclaimed teak, and stone, the terrace creates an integrated environment that bridges between the two distinct scales of the domestic single-story penthouse and the massive, building-scale presence of the parapet elements built to be seen from 18 stories below. With Tinmouth Chang Architects as Project Lead, the project embraces the technical challenges of rooftop construction by integrating them into its design language, inventing a floating ground plane, which acts as ballast to cantilever the stainless steel railing, achieving stability without anchoring to building surfaces. The railing itself becomes a garden element, supporting planting, lighting, and surfaces which give depth to the parapet edge.

The existing 15-foot-high, 15-foot-wide ugly tan brick wall was the 1928 building’s chimney and since it couldn’t be removed, the design team transformed the eyesore into the centerpiece of their terrace garden with vertical plantings and a modular slate waterfall enclosing the far end of the garden. During the 26-month remodeling project, landscape architect Linda Pollak of Marpillero Pollak Architects, in collaboration with John Tinmouth and David Seiter of Future Green Studio, designed a greenwall from Green Living Technologies. In all, 600 plants of ornamental grasses and trailing species in shades of green, silver and purple were embedded into the 24 panels which were bracketed to the chimney. The greenwall panels were pre-grown three months before installation and the plants are watered by a drip irrigation system. The Private West Village, New York Penthouse Terrace forms a complex and layered middle ground which mediates views to the city beyond.

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Year: 2011
Owner: Private
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 144 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Project Lead, Penthouse Architect: John Tinmouth, Tinmouth Chang Architects
Terrace Architect and Green Wall Design: Linda Pollak, Marpillero Pollak Architects
Greenwall Planting Design: David Seiter, Future Green Studio
Greenwall System: Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Construction: Taocon Construction Management
Structural Engineer: Silman
Planting Specification, Supply & Installation: Semperflorens, Inc.
Stone and Porcelain Cladding: Stone Source
Lighting Design: PHT Lighting Design
Fabrication and Installation of Millwork Elements: Material Process Systems

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

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Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

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Project of the Week for April 11, 2016: Hassalo on Eighth

April 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Project of the Week Hassalo on Eighth

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/11/16

Hassalo on Eighth
Portland, OR, USA
38,000 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Description & Details

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On track to become a LEED ND Platinum community, Hassalo on Eighth transformed an underdeveloped area – previously a vast parking lot – into a vibrant, eco-friendly, 24-hour residential development just minutes from downtown Portland. Designed by GBD Architects and encompassing four blocks with 657 sustainable luxury units in east Portland Oregon’s Lloyd Eco-District, the three buildings offer over 50,000 square feet of retail space, 1,200 below-grade parking stalls, and a Bike Hub with over 1,000 bike stalls. The integration of multiple green roofs covering over 38,000 square feet and the largest onsite urban wastewater treatment facility in North America were key components. A significant refund on system development charges was provided by the city as a result of the innovative water management design elements.

The state-of-the-art urban redevelopment encompasses three new multifamily housing buildings of varying density. Extensive greenroofs by Columbia Green Technologies cover 25,650 square feet planted with sedum tiles using their Extensive Layered System. Roof terraces on the Velomor and Aster Tower provide amenity space, with barbecues for entertaining on the Astor Tower greenroof. The project’s greenroofs reduce peak flows during large rain events by retaining stormwater, preventing stormwater flows from overwhelming the system. The entire development, along with an existing office tower, is connected to the decentralized treatment and reuse system N.O.R.M., short for Natural Organic Recycling Machine. Designed by Biohabitats in collaboration with GBD Architects, Glumac, and PLACE Studio, N.O.R.M. is a prominent feature in the main plaza. It treats and recycles 100% of the grey and black water onsite through a series of trickling filters and constructed wetlands, diverting approximately 47,000 gallons of wastewater from the municipal sewer system daily. Due to these cutting edge stormwater management strategies, the owner/developer American Assets Trust received a refund of the water and sewer fees totaling $1.48 million, almost half of the City’s three million dollar charge.

Project of the Week Hassalo on Eighth

Year: 2015
Owner: American Assets Trust (AAT)
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 38,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Hassalo on Eighth

Project of the Week Hassalo on Eighth

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner/Developer: American Assets Trust
General Contractor: Turner Construction
Architect: GBD Architects
Greenroof Installation: Teufel Landscape
Extensive Modular System: Extensive Layered System with Sedum Tiles, Columbia Green Technologies
Roofer: McDonald & Wetle
Roofing System: Hot Applied Rubberized Asphalt (over concrete), Henry
Roofing System: SBS Modified Bitumen (over wood), Malarkey Roofing Products
Landscape Architect: Place Studio
Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Glumac
N.O.R.M. Team: Biohabitat, Turner Construction, D&R Masonry, JH Kelly, Berg Electric, Coffman Excavation, and Teufel Landscape

Project of the Week Hassalo on Eighth

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Project of the Week for April 4, 2016: International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

April 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/04/16

International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) – Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
12,600 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Description & Details

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Created in 1939, the International Institute of Tropical Forestry is a research and technology transfer institute located in Puerto Rico, part of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The IITF serves as a focal point for bringing external research and educational resources to bear on issues affecting tropical forests and grasslands and recently underwent a long restoration of its headquarters complex. With stormwater and urban heat island mitigation as goals, the new LEED-Gold Institute has 50,000 square feet of modern, state-of-the-art facilities that include a green, pervious parking lot; rainwater harvesting; retention ponds; and a green roof research station.

Architect Jeannette Rullán from RMA Architects, green roof consultant David L. Aponte from PRGD, and USDA engineer Juan Vissepó designed the green roofs as an experimental intervention that would further the understanding in hydrological, thermal, and ecological behavior and benefits in a sub-tropical scenario. Test green roofs were installed on four buildings and sub-divisioning resulted in 7 green roofs and 1 cool roof. A total of 22 species were used – around 16,000 plugs, with some seeds. Materials used include: Firestone 90 mil EPDM membrane; ZinCo green roof material; and Rooflite extensive growing media. Four cisterns collect 6,800 gallons of harvested stormwater, used for general cleaning and irrigation, including the green roofs when necessary. The monitoring scheme compiles the green roofs’ effectiveness regarding balances of energy, water, and nutrients with two Campbell weather stations to monitor air temperature, humidity, wind speed, impact energy, and rain. Sensors were placed on the ground surface, inside the volume of the soil, and the roof surface – on both cool and green roofs, for a total of 80 sensors. During the hottest times of the day, the green roof temperature is about 10° F cooler than ambient temperature. The differences in temperature between the green roof and ambient temperature mean less burden on the internal control of the temperature of the building and therefore result in energy savings on this iconic, historic building site.

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Year: 2012
Owner: USDA Forest Service
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 12,600 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Restoration Lead: Juan Vissepó, Engineer, IITF
Restoration Architect: Jeannette Rullán, RMA Architects
Green Roof Specialist: David L Aponte, President, PRGD Inc.
Greenroof System: Nick Smith, ZinCo USA
Waterproofing: Firestone Waterproofing Products
Growing Media: Peter Philippi, rooflite
Collection and Analysis of Green Roofs: David Aponte Dones
Original Architect: William Ellis (W. Ellis) Groben, US Forestry Service

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

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Project of the Week for March 28, 2016: Rutgers University NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Living Wall

March 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/28/16

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Rutgers University NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Living Wall
New Brunswick, NJ, USA
1,320 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Designed by Ballinger, the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) underscores the commitment of Rutgers University to new transformational initiatives across the many disciplines impacting food, nutrition, and health. Completed in mid 2015, their new $55 million, 80,000 square foot academic building boasts expansive glass façades and many collaborative spaces. And the largest interior living wall in New Jersey resides here with 46 species and over 5,200 plants covering 1,320 square feet of wall space. Designed and manufactured by EcoWalls, the living wall is adorned with low-light tropical plants and spans the three floors of the building, measuring 40’ high and 33’ long.

The design intent of the IFNH Living Wall was to promote health and wellness by connecting the building’s inhabitants with nature in an unexpected way, creating a space that was soothing and reflective while maintaining their mission and exploiting the holistic benefits of living plants to improve the aesthetic and overall biologic nature of the built environment. The living wall was intended to be an interactive feature of the building, becoming a teaching tool and destination for multiple courses on campus. The IFNH Living Wall was designed as a 100% water efficient landscape, reclaiming, treating, and reusing all excess irrigation water. Each EcoWall module was pre-grown at the EcoWalls greenhouse for about 8 weeks prior to site construction with Parker Plants, the EcoWall Certified Installer & Maintenance Technician, offering Rutgers a turn-key solution with an established and acclimated living wall with a diverse plant pallet. Located in the central corridor of the building, the living wall is a breathtaking backdrop for all who travel the floating stairway between levels.

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Year: 2015
Owner: Rutgers University
Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,320 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Ballinger
Building Concept Design: Woods Bagott
Construction: Natoli
Greenwall Design: Michael A. Coraggio and Ryan M. Burrows, EcoWalls, LLC
Modular Greenwall System: The EcoWall, Living Wall System, EcoWalls, LLC
EcoWall Certified Installer & Maintenance Technician: Parker Plants
Grower & Installation: EcoWalls, LLC

Project of the Week Rutgers University Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Living Wall

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