Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 27, 2017: Green Acres Farm & Residence

March 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/27/17
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Green Acres Farm & Residence
Sonoma, CA, USA
1,581 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

A 37-acre historic farm site in Sonoma was redeveloped into a Platinum LEED for Homes family residential homestead and organic farm. The two-story home, studio, garage, barn, guest cabin and pool house re-constitute a vernacular farmstead model along sustainable and ecological building practices. Designed as a “green ribbon,” living roofs span the three buildings of the compound, functioning to visually and physically unite the building site into a centralized hub of the farm. Designed and installed by SYMBIOS ecotecture, the living roofs also play a vital role along with straw-bale construction, natural lime plasters, reclaimed lumber, passive and active solar systems, thermal mass (sand-bed) storage, ground loop heat-pumps, and a variety of energy, lighting and water efficient measures to create a model of environmentally sensitive design.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

Various greenroof systems were used, including from Colbond (now Bonar) and Optigreen, and the dome-like roof form of the main house required a mechanical slope stabilization system since the upper portion exceeded 35 percent. The vegetative planting plan was developed to provide a high degree of biodiversity for both aesthetic and ecological values. Color, texture and form of the planting palette enriched the overall design of the roofs in conjunction with the architectural facade. Low-growing ground cover species are intermixed with herbaceous species that form a taller canopy layer. Rainwater is harvested from the standing seam metal roofs of the main house and studio. The water is stored in an underground cistern (a former swimming pool) during the winter raining season and is then utilized to irrigate the living roofs, as well as to flush the toilets within the house. The irrigation system is a satellite based weather controller which increases or decreases irrigation water use as determined by the local weather conditions.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: Sonoma, CA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,581 sq.ft.
Slope: Up to 35%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Record: Dan Smith Architects
General Contractor: Hammond & Company
Living Roof Designer: SYMBIOS ecotecture
Living Roof Installer: SYMBIOS ecotecture
Plant Propagation: SYMBIOS & various regional nurseries
Roofing Manufacturer: GacoRoof coating – cold liquid applied waterproofing
Green Roof Systems: Bonar, Optigreen, Envirogrid, Permalok
Growing Medium: SYMBIOS custom soil mix; 4 & 5 inch depths
System: Planted-in-place w/built-up assembly
Irrigation: Hunter Industries MP Rotators

Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

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Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

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Greenroofs.com Project Week Green Acres Farm Residence Symbios eco-tecture

Project of the Week for March 13, 2017: Golden 1 Center LiveWall

March 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/13/17

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Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, CA, USA
4,800 sq. ft. Greenwalls (7)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

As the world’s first indoor sports venue certified LEED Platinum, the Golden 1 Center is the brand new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, featuring seven sections of LiveWall® green walls. Designed by AECOM to be different from a typical sports arena unconnected from its surroundings and lifeless except on game days, the Golden 1 Center celebrates Sacramento’s climate and lifestyle. Its innovative indoor-outdoor design re-imagines how an arena can relate to the streetscapes and neighborhoods around it. Reflecting the region and connecting to the city, the living walls are a prominent feature of Golden 1 Center.

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

The inspired idea was to make the building look as if it rests on the green walls, rooting the arena in the landscape and extending it from the new plaza up to the walls of the arena itself. The design redefines how an arena’s footprint affects its environment and community and the green walls were a natural outgrowth of the King’s commitment to sustainability. As visitors walk into the arena, they see living bands of green that change with different sections displaying different plants based on the varying patterns of sun and shade around the building. Completed in September 2016, the seven sections of the Golden 1 Center green wall vary in dimensions and total 4,800 square feet and include 2,700 LiveWall modular planters in a custom platinum color. With a slope of about 10 degrees, they feature 18 different types of plants and 5,400 plants in total, watered with LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation. All flowering plants bloom in shades of purple, the Kings’ signature color. Publicly accessible, the green walls are visible from multiple vantage points around the arena. Whether installed indoors or outdoors, green walls are visually appealing and inviting, inspiring and healthful, and beneficial to the environment, and the green walls at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento enliven the exterior of the world’s greenest indoor sports and entertainment arena.

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Year: 2016
Owner: City of Sacramento
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4800 sq.ft.
Slope: 10 degrees
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect, Design, Engineer, Landscape Architect, and Urban Planner: AECOM
Arena Construction Manger: Turner Construction
Arena Project Manager: ICON Venue Group
Modular Greenwall System: LiveWall®
Plant Supplier and LiveWall Sales Representative: Tom Hawkins, GRP, Florasource Ltd.
Greenwall Installation: BrightView

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

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Project of the Week Golden 1 Center LiveWall

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/13/17 video photos courtesy of LiveWall, AECOM, and the Golden 1 Center.

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Project of the Week for January 23, 2017: SRM Development, Kirkland, WA

January 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

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SRM Development, Kirkland, WA
Kirkland, WA, USA
17,1500 sf. Greenroof, Planters & Greenwall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located in Kirkland, Washington, this former hazardous waste site owned by SRM Development has been transformed into an 180,000 square foot LEED Platinum certified building leased by a private company. Features include a rain catchment system, electric vehicle chargers, highly efficient HVAC systems, and a super insulated building shell. The rooftop deck boasts almost 18,000 square feet of a DIADEM® USA green roof covered with Etera® SEDUM TILE, solar panels, and large seating areas along with spectacular views of nearby Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline. A Tournesol Siteworks green wall graces one of the outer walls.

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Landscape architect Forrest Jammer of TRA (Thomas Rengstorf & Associates) designed the site’s pedestrian paving, furniture, hardscape, and plantings. Indeed, more than half the site is covered by rooftop plantings. He specified a green roof to not only provide an aesthetically pleasing retreat, but also complement the overall sustainability goals of the expansion. The amenity space on the roof includes seating offering sweeping views of the colorful foliage on the curvaceous patterns on the green roof as well as in raised planter boxes that were custom fabricated to hold a greater variety of taller plants. TRA utilized Etera® pre-vegetated SEDUM TILE on the extensive area for immediate and complete coverage. Etera custom grew a mat with the specified mix of sedums as well as the accent perennials grown into the mats. A combination of grasses and flowering perennials were used as accent plants including Pennisetum, Festuca, Achillea, Allium, Penstemon and Rudbeckia, and the accent perennials are growing strong with their living mulch of sedum groundcovers. The result is a green roof with the instant vegetative coverage of a SEDUM TILE mat and the color, texture, and interest of a plug roof showcasing panoramic vistas of the lake, mountains, and beautiful downtown Seattle.

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Year: 2015
Owner: Owner: SRM Development
Location: Kirkland, WA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 17150 sq.ft.
Greenroof Slope: 1%; Greenwall Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: DLR Group
Landscape Architect: Forrest Jammer, RLA, CLIA, Thomas Rengstorf & Associates (TRA)
Pre-vegetated SEDUM TILE Mat: Etera®
Greenroof System: DIADEM USA, Inc.
Greenroof & Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Teufel Landscape
Greenwall Systems: VGM Modular Living Wall & VertiGreen 3D Trellis, Tournesol Siteworks
Rooftop Solar Array System Design & Installation: NW Wind & Solar
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

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Project of the Week SRM Development Kirkland WA

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/23/17 video photos courtesy of Etera® and DIADEM USA.

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Project of the Week for January 2, 2017: Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review

January 2, 2017 at 1:02 am

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Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review
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In 2016 we featured many different varieties of greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Join us for a quick look at these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review video!  And except for Antarctica, we covered all of the remaining six continents.

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To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page where you can click on each photo to go more in-depth in its Blog feature, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

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Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

2016 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

Thank you to our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez for putting this and all of our Projects of the Week videos together!  And thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

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Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2017, and always, we say:

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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