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

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Project of the Week for March 21, 2016: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Hardin Visitors Center

March 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/21/16

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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Hardin Visitors Center
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
4,500 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Project of the Week Description & Details

Comprising 30 acres, the mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment, composed of a number of smaller themed indoor and outdoor gardens. Completed in the spring of 2010, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Green Expansion Plan was a large-scale expansion project which doubled the size of the Garden while modernizing them at the same time. A number of new facilities constructed include the 600-foot-long Kendeda Canopy Walk providing visitors a journey through the treetops of Storza Woods, the Edible Garden featuring an outdoor kitchen and greenwall with a wide variety of flowering herbs, and the LEED Gold Allen and Gail Hardin Visitors Center. Now facing Piedmont Park, the Visitor Center provides a beautiful new entry experience for visitors and both extensive and intensive greenroofs cover nearly half of its roof area.

EDAW (now AECOM) provided landscape design for the new entrance, LEED Gold SAGE parking deck, and Visitor Center. The Garden Roof Assembly from American Hydrotech was specified, using Stalite PermaTill® growing media. The two inaccessible extensive greenroofs can be seen from the second level balcony, and visitors can walk out onto the intensive greenroof outside which meets grade on the upper level and stroll the paths. Providing additional garden area for visitors and even new wildlife habitat, a wide variety of shrubs, grasses, trees, and perennials were designed to provide color and interest in all seasons, and informational signage pertaining to the greenroofs can be found here as well. Runoff is filtered and an underground 100,000-gallon water cistern harvests stormwater from the seven-acre watershed and provides irrigation for 40% of the new gardens.

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Year: 2009
Owner: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Non-Profit
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Jova/Daniels/Busby
General Contractor: Hardin Construction Company
Project Manager: Silverman Construction Program Management
Landscape Architect: EDAW
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Growing Media: Stalite PermaTill®
Growing Media Supplier: ItSaul Natural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
Windows and Curtain Wall: Kawneer

Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

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Project of the Week Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitors Center

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Project of the Week for February 1, 2016: Levi’s® Stadium

February 1, 2016 at 11:22 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
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In honor of the exciting upcoming Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, we are once again highlighting the awesome Levi’s® Stadium as our Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com.  Whether you are a Broncos or Panthers fan, we know all fans of living architecture will enjoy the beautiful living roof atop this sports venue!

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Levi’s® Stadium
Santa Clara, CA, USA
27,000 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Project Description & Details

Hosting the Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, Levi’s® Stadium is a $1.27 billion multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide range of events with seating for about 68,500 people, featuring 176 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. Fans attending San Francisco 49ers home games experience football in the most eco-friendly and sustainable LEED Gold certified facility in the league. State of the art technology is used throughout the stadium, and visitors may view a live dashboard display featuring current energy measurements, water and air monitors, and other dynamic green features as the building operates daily. Designed by HNTB, the iconic feature of the stadium is the massive 5-story Suite Tower on the west side, topped by the NRG Solar Terrace green roof.

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

The installation of 1,186 solar panels on the canopy framework on the green roof and on three solar pedestrian bridges connecting the parking lot to the park generate 375 kW of power at Levi’s Stadium – as much renewable energy as it will consume on game days. And the NRG Solar Terrace green roof is an inviting space which can be booked for receptions and ceremonies. The 27,000 square foot American Hydrotech green roof contains 16 species of vegetation native to the Bay area for the concessionaires, who will utilize produce within local farm-to-table menus. 85 percent of the water used at the stadium is recycled, used for both potable and non-potable uses such as the playing field irrigation water.

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Publisher’s Note: Levi’s® Stadium was included in Greenroofs.com’s “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in the # 5 category “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues.”

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Year: 2014
Owner: Santa Clara Stadium Authority
Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 27,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public (with paid entrance)

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff California Architects
General Contractor: Turner Devcon, A Joint Venture
Landscape Architect & Greenroof Design: The Guzzardo Partnership, Inc.
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Greenroof Installation: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractors
Solar Design & Installation: NRG Solar
Solar Design & Installation: SunPower Corp.

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium


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Project of the Week for January 25, 2016: Whole Foods Market – Lynnfield, MA

January 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
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Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA
Lynnfield, MA, USA
17,000 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Whole Foods Market has always celebrated the difference natural and organic products can make in the quality of one’s life. Located at Market Street Lynnfield, Whole Foods Market is the anchor tenant, with Jacobs Consultants as Architect of Record. This is the first Whole Foods Market in the United States with a rooftop farm, providing an estimated 11,000 lbs of hyper-local produce per year which is then sold inside the store.

The award-winning food roof was designed and constructed by Recover Green Roofs, LLC and all locally sourced materials were used. Maintained by Green City Growers, they say “The produce we get is more nutrient dense and fresher than anything else available, because the distance between where it’s grown and where it’s being consumed is really as minimal as it can be.” The American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System was used with 10″ planting mounds of lightweight growing media laid in 3′ wide rows. The growing media is a Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar. The plant varieties are determined in collaboration with the Whole Foods Lynnfield – MA produce department, and Green City Growers assembles a crop map by season. Set up in zones, from Rain Bird drip irrigation delivers water directly to the roots, minimizing waste. In 2016 Recover Green Roofs installed a hoop house to start from seed on site, which is currently growing kale. All produce from the food roof is grown using all organic farming methods and customers love the wide variety of the fresh, local produce of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on the open air rooftop farm.

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Year: 2013
Owner:
Whole Foods Market
Location:
Lynnfield, MA, USA
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
17000 sq.ft.
Slope:
3%
Access:
Accessible, By Appointment

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Record: Jacobs Consultants, Inc.
Greenroof Consultant & Construction Oversight:
Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Greenroof System:
American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System
Irrigation Design and Construction:
Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Planting and Maintenance:
Green City Growers
General Contractor:
Construction Management & Builders, Inc.
Plant Supplier:
Red Fire Farm
Irrigation System:
Rain Bird
Growing Media:
Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar
Growing Medium Supplier:
Read Custom Soils

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