Video & Project of the Week for January 11, 2016: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak Building

January 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/11/16

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak Building
Richmond, VA, USA
4,020 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Designed by VMDO Architects with Siteworks Studio, the walkout terrace located on the 5th floor of the Pollak Building Visual Arts Building at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) serves as a living classroom and provides for an opportunity for the students and faculty to congregate outside. With Roofmeadow as greenroof consultant and Wayne’s Wholesale Nursery supplying the plants, the roof illustrates three different types of green roof planting strategies and depths with conventional (3-4″), meadow (6″), and plants native (12″) to Virginia – the first such green roof in the Commonwealth.

Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the assembly utilizes a Carlisle Garden Roof with Optigreen drainage and growing media, provided by Conservation Technology, over an IRMA roof.  Students from the VCU School of the Arts Department of Interior Design spent a day planting the perennials, grasses and succulents. Corten steel planters were placed randomly in the planting areas. Galvanized grating leads to a new handicap accessible entrance and a 1,500 sf Pennsylvania bluestone patio flanks either side of the grating. VCU installed a 16 foot tall Eddy GT, 1 kW vertical axis wind turbine on the top of the southeast stair tower on the Pollak Building in the spring of 2012 which can be seen from the greenroof.

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Year: 2011
Owner: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Richmond, VA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 4,020 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractor: Prestige Construction
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Plant Installation: 15 Students from the VCU Arts Department of Interior Design
VCU Arts Liaison: Camden Whitehead, Associate Professor of Interior Design
Architect: VMDO Architects
Membrane Assembly: Carlisle Garden Roof
Landscape Architect: Siteworks Studio
Drainage & Growing Media: Optigreen
Optigreen Supplier: Conservation Technology
Greenroof Consulting: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Wayne’s Wholesale Nursery

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Video & Project of the Week for January 4, 2016: Humber River Hospital

January 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/04/16

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Humber River Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada
141,998 sf. Greenroofs

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Project Description & Details

North America’s first fully digital hospital, Humber River Hospital is a lean, green and digital showcase facility with some of the latest medical technology available today integrated throughout to support excellence in care. The facility serves a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area and the new 1.7 million square foot facility, designed by HDR, Inc. opened in October 2015 and operates 656 beds in 2015/2016, with capacity to expand to 722 beds by 2025/2026. Committed to achieving LEED® Silver certification and tracking LEED Gold, one of the many impressive features in the new Humber River Hospital is the 13,192 square meters of green roofing, visible from a majority of the patient rooms and treatment areas of the hospital. In addition, the gigantic art installations on the north and south facades, titled “Aspen Grove,” are glass murals that recall a colorful woodland scene, representing the harmonization of the hospital with the local community.

Flynn Canada crews completed 140,000 square feet of LiveRoof green roofs spanning over 17 different levels, compiled of 4 inch LiveRoof tray systems. With planting designed by Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada and Kees Govers of LiveRoof Ontario, it was comprised of sedums and perennials, specifically shade-orientated perennials such as Hostas and Bergenia, and grasses and chives for sun areas intermixed with sedum varieties. Planting was designed as sustainable as possible to LEED Sites standards with no potable water to be used in future years. The project was delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement program, where the public and private sectors join forces to provide needed infrastructure for communities. By providing natural beauty and function, the Humber River Hospital green roof contributes to the new healthcare facility’s overall focus on sustainability.

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Year: 2015
Owner: Plenary Healthcare Partnerships
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 141,998 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect and Healthcare Consulting: HDR Inc.
General Contractor: PCL Construction
Roofing, Green Roofing and Sheet Metal Cap Flashing Installation: Flynn Canada Ltd
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof Grower/Supplier: Kees Govers, LiveRoof Ontario
Landscape Architect: Quinn Design Associates
Facilities Management: Johnson Controls
Managed Equipment Services (MES): GE Healthcare
Structural Engineering & Building Envelope Consulting Services: Halsall Associates

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Video & Project of the Week for December 14, 2015: Private Roof Terrace and Greenwall Landscape Design, Lawrence, NY

December 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/14/15

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Private Roof Terrace and Greenwall Landscape Design
Lawrence, NY
USA
230 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Nature had a calling to this 1250-sq ft rooftop terrace, part of a 1910 arts and crafts style home with modern additions located in Lawrence, New York. With direct roof access from the upper level bedroom, the design would incorporate beauty, function, and form, screening an unsightly generator and an AC condenser unit while softening an L-shaped, hard edged space. The clients sought a roof garden design that could shield the unsightly elements, and create a setting that could be used comfortably throughout the day and evening with living areas for dining and lounging. Modern forms and a living greenwall would bring an inviting design with visual play while giving the home updated roof appeal.

Gunn Landscape Architecture designed and incorporated a curvilinear living greenwall working with Plant Wall Design to engineer the overall structure. Reinterpreting the American meadow and giving it a vertical form for a rooftop, the greenwall incorporates gradients of green hues, herbaceous plant material, and predominantly native species from blooming perennials, ferns, and grasses to mildew resistant climbing varieties traversing diagonally along the curved form. As diverse textures flourish throughout spring, bright color extends from the varied green backdrop later in the season. The plants, growing in nutrient rich sediment without the weight of loam, are placed within felt pockets, designed to encourage minimal loss of water. The private greenwall serves as a striking focal point alongside consistent language in the architectural formwork, slats of wood running uniformly throughout the entire expanse. Accompanied by a living landscape of trees and shrubs on the perimeter, the outdoor sanctuary provides residents with a pleasant new enclave and a solution-oriented design that adds greenery without compromising floor space.

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Year: 2014
Owner: Private
Location: Lawrence, NY, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
Size: 230 sq. ft.
Slope: 85%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Project Manager: François Bléhaut, Gunn Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect: Gunn Landscape Architecture
Green Wall Engineer: Plant Wall Design
General Contractor: DL Renovations Solutions

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Video & Project of the Week for November 23, 2015: Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof

November 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/23/15

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Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof
Cincinnati, OH, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The U.S.’s largest department store retailer, Macy’s was established in 1858 and is renowned for its annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in New York City since 1924. Macy’s Corporate Headquarters sits in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s urban core and the company strives for green department stores across the nation with sustainable renovations which are built to consume less energy whenever possible. When part of corporate headquarters needed renovation, an environmentally friendly option only made sense – the new Macy’s Habitat Green Roof is located on the 8th floor patio outside of the cafeteria. The American Hydrotech assembly will be used by its employees including the 1,000 sf “Go Green” garden where associates will plant vegetables and herbs which the chef will use in the cafeteria.

Designed by Rose Seeger of Green City Resources, specific selection of plant material for butterflies and pollinators was carefully planned along with seasonal progression of bloom to ensure there would be nectar and habitat all season. Many drought tolerant and native varieties were used to provide some type of seed, nectar, or cover for birds, bees and butterflies. Three large bubble boulders provide a water source for the habitat, also enjoyed by employees. Since Ohio is on the Monarch migration route, the Habitat Roof is a registered Monarch Waystation, providing nectar for adults and host plants for larvae. The green roof is also a registered Wildlife Habitat; pipes, logs, rocks and a mason bee house provide cover and encourage nesting of urban wildlife. A Cooper’s Hawk trapped in the parking garage was released onto the roof, and has been sighted back on occasion. The Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof is the first of its kind in downtown Cincinnati and Macy’s hopes to encourage more businesses and their employees to make small oases of habitat.

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Year: 2015
Owner: Macy’s, Inc.
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 16,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Green City Resources
Greenroof System and Manufacturer: American Hydrotech
Construction Manager: THP Limited, Inc.
Roofing Contractor: Structural Systems Repair Group
Paver Installation: Hicon, Inc.
Green Roof Installation: Green City Resources
Grower: Krueger Maddux
Irrigation Design: TriState Water Works

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