Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 16, 2018: Monroe County Parking Garage

April 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking GarageMonroe County Parking Garage
Bloomington, IN, USA
240 sf Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: April 16, 2018

The ubiquitous above-ground parking garage building typology is not usually known for design innovation.  Imagine brightening up their monotonous facades with living plant material.

Instead of seeing the usual boring type of parking structure, the citizens of Bloomington, Indiana are greeted daily with bright and cheerful annuals in a vertical row of five window openings!  In this case, colorful greenwalls give the appearance of large window boxes, and the city commissioners receive tons of compliments.  And the fact that the modular system components are high-impact, UV-resistant and that the county can replant very easily makes for a great design option.

Read the April 15, 2018 guest feature Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina for more info on this project.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Mini Description & Details

Designed by Axis Architecture + Interiors, the new 240-parking space Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana provides parking for county employees and the general public to relieve parking congestion.  But rather than appearing bland or austere, a LiveWall greenwall installation adds a living element of green design to the six-story brick and concrete building.

The low maintenance living wall system fills five of the parking structure’s window openings with a variety of plants that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green.  The architects said the idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of parking structure with an interesting and visually appealing element.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Because the system for this application was not mounted on a solid wall surface, the parking garage living wall had to be installed across window openings within the structure’s wall.  ProCLAD designed and installed a framework within the 8 feet long by 6 feet tall window openings with 4-inch by 4-inch by 1/4-inch tube steel.

They bolted the LiveWall system’s horizontal aluminum rails to the tube steel frames.  Each of the five sections of green wall has six rows of LiveWall modular planter boxes, which slide into the rails.  Its structural design lent itself to a secure installation within the garage windows in a way that allows for easy access from behind the green wall on the inside the garage.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

The greenwall has a total of 180 plants in a variety of seven annuals including yellow, red and purple coleus, plus Silver Falls, red and pink begonias, and sweet potato vines.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

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In effect, installing LiveWall put window boxes into the windows of the parking garage.  The LiveWall installation stands out as a beautiful, lively, and distinctive design element on the Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Year: 2017
Owner:
Monroe County
Location:
Bloomington, IN, USA
Building Type:
Above-Ground Parking Garage
Type:
Living Wall
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
240 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Axis Architecture + Interiors
General Contractor: Hagerman Construction Corporation
Green Wall Installation Contractor: ProCLAD, Inc.
Green Wall Manufacturer:  LiveWall
Green Wall Design and Installation Consultants: LiveWall
Green Wall Plant Supplier: LiveWall
Developer: GM Development
Concrete Supplier: Irving Materials, Inc.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

All the Info:

View the Monroe County Parking Garage project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Monroe County Parking Garage Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/16/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of LiveWall and Tony Frederick of CS Kern, via Hagerman Construction Corporation.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

April 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

LiveWall Green Wall Installation Adds a Living Element of Green Design to the Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana

Photos Courtesy of LiveWall®

When you think of parking garage design and construction, what descriptive words come to mind? Bland, austere?

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Monroe County in Bloomington, Indiana constructed a six-story, 240-space parking garage for its employees in 2017. Their new parking garage is surprisingly different. A LiveWall® living wall fills five of its window openings with a variety of seven different annuals that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“The idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of the structure with an interesting and visually appealing element achieved by incorporating some green design,” said Stephen Andoh, AIA, LEED AP, project manager, Axis Architecture + Interiors, the project architect.

Many nearby buildings have second and third story window boxes with flowers. “Installing a total of 180 LiveWall modular planter boxes was like putting window boxes into the window openings of the garage,” said Julie L. Thomas, Monroe County commissioner. “The five sections of green wall make a lovely, lively addition to the exterior.”

Green Wall Installation

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“LiveWall was a good choice for an outside green wall exposed to the elements. Its components and parts are strong and durable,” said Joel Fleming, project manager, Hagerman Construction Corporation, the project’s general contractor.

“LiveWall’s structural design lent itself to a secure installation within the garage windows in a way that allows for easy access from behind the green wall inside the garage for maintenance or changing out plants,” said Logan Messmer, project engineer, ProCLAD, Inc., a building envelope contractor selected to install the parking garage living wall.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

The LiveWall outdoor system establishes a vertical garden mounted on exterior walls. In the typical outdoor installation, the system’s vertical furring tracks are attached directly onto the surface of a wall. Horizontal aluminum rails, which include conduits to bring water to the outdoor system’s integrated irrigation sprayers, are bolted to the tracks. LiveWall modular planter boxes, which are high-impact, UV-resistant, architectural quality moldings, slide into the rails along a specially designed slot. Finally, separate liner inserts, which are removable and reusable plant containers that hold the growing medium and pre-grown nursery plants, drop into the planter boxes.

However, in this application the system was not mounted on a solid wall surface. The parking garage living wall had to be installed across window openings within the structure’s wall.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“We had previous experience installing trellis systems that grow vines up the side of a wall from the ground up,” said Messmer. “This was different because there is more substantial structure to support the modular planters and irrigation components.”

After LiveWall gave our project managers and engineers a 30-minute installation tutorial, it was not hard to figure what we needed: a frame within the windows to which we could secure the horizontal rails.”

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

The window openings in the parking garage measure 8 feet long by 6 feet tall. Each of the five sections of green wall has six rows of LiveWall modular planter boxes that cover the openings. ProCLAD designed and installed a metal framework within the window openings with 4-inch by 4-inch by ¼-inch tube steel. They bolted the LiveWall system’s horizontal aluminum rails to the tube steel frames. The modular planter boxes were then slid into the rails’ slots.

“The integrity of the system underwent a challenging test the day the plants went in,” said Thomas. “We had a huge, powerful thunderstorm with intense rain, wind and hail. The green wall and plants came through fine.”

Plant Selection

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Thomas and her colleagues initially thought of using perennial plants. LiveWall suggested they might consider annuals.

“Perennials or annuals can both work. The selection of annuals for living walls is much more varied and colorful, and they only require maintenance during the growing season,” said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of LiveWall. “Annual bedding plants are also generally less expensive than perennials. Using annuals gives you more flexibility to try different plants and change the appearance of a living wall from year to year.”

On the Monroe County parking garage installation, the sections in the top, the third and the bottom of the five windows feature alternating columns of Yellow-, Red- and Purple-leaved Coleus plants. Their distinctive foliage colors stand out, and they bloom with light purple flowers in the summer and fall. The bottom rows of modular planters in these three window sections are planted with Dichondra argentea (Silver Falls). Clusters of their small, silver-green leaves trail down from the planters. The second and fourth windows feature alternating mixes of Red and Pink Begonias, which bloom abundantly from summer through the first frost. Deep purple Sweet Potato Vines (Ipomea batatus) trail from the bottom row of these windows.

Results and a Surprise

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

“The living wall is stunning, eye-catching, and appealing,” said Andoh.

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Commissioner Thomas has received text messages, emails and comments from county officials and employees, the general public, and her constituents. They have all been positive — rare for a county project, she noted.

There was one surprise. Thomas did expect the green wall to be beautiful. “What I did not anticipate is the captivating effect of the wind moving through the leaves and flowers of the plants. A light breeze can make the living wall come alive.”

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Monroe County Parking Garage is featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for April 16, 2018.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

Amber Poncé is the Business Development Manager for LiveRoof Global, LLC and LiveWall, LLC. Since 2006, Amber Ponce has helped to expand the LiveRoof Global network of professional horticulturists and growers to an industry leading supplier of green roof systems. In her role as business development manager, she has trained dozens of professionals in technical aspects of green roofing and living walls. She currently sits on the green walls committee of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. She is an accredited Green Roof Professional with over a decade of experience in green roofing – including experience with growing media formulation, plant selection and production, shipping logistics, installation and maintenance. Amber has helped participate in the development of standards related to green roofing and worked with a team of engineers to coordinate the first ever full-scale wind uplift test on green roofs.

Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain.

Contact Amber Poncé:
616.935.1964
AmberP@LiveRoof.com

David Aquilina

LiveWall Green Design on Bloomington Monroe Parking Garage

David Aquilina, Strategic Storyteller (www.linkedin.com/in/davidaquilina), is a corporate communications consultant and freelance writer.  An accomplished communications professional, he achieves results that showcase his clients, launch and promote their products and services, build and boost their brands, and support their marketing initiatives. A frequent contributor to green industry publications, David makes his home up on the edge of the northern prairie near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Contact David Aquilina:
612.716.5628
davida@strategicstoryteller.com
StrategicStoryteller.com

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 2, 2018: HDB BLK 667B, Singapore

April 2, 2018 at 10:43 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

HDB BLK 667B
Punggol, Singapore
6,997 sf Greenroofs

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: April 2, 2018

Known for its credo “City in the Garden,” beautiful Singapore is an island nation where land is at a premium.  We’ve had the privilege to visit twice, in 2010 and 2015, and continue to be amazed at the sheer number of living roofs and walls on a wide variety of building typologies.

Since the great majority of Singaporeans live in highrises, the city-state’s public housing authority has greened as many multi-family structures as possible.  New ones are now designed with greenroofs, and when feasible, older facilities are refurbished with lightweight systems.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Mini Description & Details

Singapore has been actively greening its urban landscape for many years with sky gardens, living walls, and world-class gardens.  The Housing & Development Board (or HDB) is Singapore’s public housing authority and today, more than 80% of the population is living in HDB’s 1 million plus flats in 23 towns across the island.

Located in the northeast region of Singapore, Punggol was developed to be its first eco-town.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

The HDB BLK 667B is a retrofit of three highrise residential blocks at the Punggol housing estate whose rooftop equipment and piping had been covered by a “second” roof of sorts.  Made of large concrete tiles, they were laid in shingled fashion, and the Town Council wanted to cover them with greenery to improve visual appeal and reduce interior temperature.

Because the only access to the 23rd floor rooftop was up one staircase from the elevator, plus the equipment obstacles, the project required a system that was light and clean to transport and easy and quick to install, with minimal maintenance in the long term.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Designed and installed by Xero Flor Singapore, the mineral wool-based XF309 Light buildup now covers the large concrete shingles.  Perfect for retrofits, the roll format soil-less system weighs only 33 kg/m2 (or 6.6 psf) when fully saturated, which is one of the lightest weight systems on the market.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

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The pre-vegetated Xeroflor mats contain small low-profile tropical succulents including Sedum sarmentosum, three types of Portulaca, and Plectranthus prostratus.  Pre-grown in local nurseries to a minimum vegetation coverage of 80%, they provide an instant green effect with seasonal visual interests.  Shade cloth was used to cover the entire green roof initially to allow the plants to root firmly into the water retention fleece underneath.

The colorful lightweight Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar green roofs add greenery, lower the interior temperature, reduce reflective glare and create a pleasant view for the neighboring blocks.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Year: 2016
Owner:
Housing & Development Board (HDB)
Location:
Punggol, Singapore
Building Type:
Multi-Family Residential
Type:
Extensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
6997 sq.ft.
Slope:
8%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Roof Designer: Linus Wong, Xero Flor Singapore
Installation Team Leader: Anita Wong, Xero Flor Singapore
Architect: ADDP Architects LLP
Green Roof System: XF309, Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

All the Info:

View the HDB BLK 667B project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the HDB BLK 667B Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/02/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Xero Flor Singapore; 1 bishan park panorama 2012.jpg By chensiyuan (Self-photographed) GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons; Punggol Waterway Park 2013.jpg By Erwin Soo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia Commons; Sedum sarmentosum 01.JPG By Dalgial, own work, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, via Wikimedia Commons; and © Linda S. Velazquez.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 19, 2018: FOOD ROOF Farm

March 19, 2018 at 10:47 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

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

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: March 19, 2018

The availability of fresh, local produce is so important in our cities, and not often found farm-to-table.  But urban agriculture on greenroofs makes rooftop farm-to-table easily accessible!  With AgLanta next week on our minds, we’re once again showcasing the success of the FOOD ROOF Farm in St. Louis by Urban Harvest STL.

We were thrilled to have also featured this wonderful project in our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit with the video “FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community” from the founder and farm manager, Mary E. Ostafi.  As the Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL, Mary spoke on how they are fostering food system change in their community.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Mini 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.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

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; capillary, protective & filter fleece and drainage boards from Optigrün international AG / Optigreen; 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.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers are grown annually and more than 4,000 pounds of organic food was produced in 2017.  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.

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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.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

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

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

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
Capillary, Protective & Filter Fleece and Drainage Boards: Optigrün international AG / Optigreen

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

All the Info:

View the FOOD ROOF Farm project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the FOOD ROOF Farm Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/19/18 video credits: Greenroofs.com Project of the Week video photo credits: All courtesy of Urban Harvest STL © by: Eldar Beiseitov, Christopher Faller, Jonathan Gayman, and Urban Harvest STL.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host