Video & Project of the Week for May 26, 2014: Asbury Woods Nature Center

May 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/26/14

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Asbury Woods Nature Center
Erie, PA, USA
5,000 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

A model of sustainable design with a focus on energy conservation, the state-of-the-art Asbury Woods Nature Center sits on over 205 acres of rich, ecologically diverse land in northwestern Pennsylvania, boasting 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Designed by Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens, in late 2005 the Center opened its doors to the new addition along with modern updates to the existing 1930’s cottage. The Exhibit Hall features live animal habitats, a turtle pond, an amphitheater/program area, and a live honeybee hive exhibit plus three new classrooms, covered by the 5,000 square foot vegetative roof that visitors see as they enter the building.

Provided and designed by Roofmeadow, a Sedum carpet tops the dramatic barrel-vaulted roof with pitches up to 7:12, creating a striking counterpoint to the forested surroundings of the Asbury Woods Nature Center. The un-irrigated Type I vegetative roofing system has a 5” depth with Sedums and flowering herbs such as Allium schoenoprasum and Talinum calycinum. In the flat portion cuttings of various Sedum species were used including S. sexangulare, S. sieboldii, and S. spurium. A small curved informational kiosk was also planted at the building entrance by Lichtenfels Nursery. The Asbury Woods Nature Center green roof was funded through a $63,892 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Energy Harvest Grant.

Year: 2005
Owner: Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. and the Millcreek Township School District
Location: Erie, PA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 5,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 15%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Emory Knoll Farms
Plant Installation: Lichtenfels Nursery
Roofmeadow Contractor: Lichtenfels Nursery
Lead Architect & Landscape Architect: Jackie Kaminsky & Gregory Copeland (currently with Domokur Architects), Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Structural Engineer: I. A. Lewin & Associates
General Contractor: Odyssey Builders

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Video & Project of the Week for May 19, 2014: Man at Work Sculpture Garden at the Grohmann Museum

May 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/19/14

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Man at Work Sculpture Garden
at the Grohmann Museum

Milwaukee, WI, USA
11,900 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The Grohmann Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work where visitors may view industrial manufacturing from the 18th century to the present. Created to promote Milwaukee School of Engineering students’ exposure to and appreciation of art and the museum, the facility includes general use classrooms, a conference center, and the Man at Work Sculpture Garden atop the Grohmann Museum.

In total, 18 bronze sculptures – men and women toiling in the field and foundry, heaving hammers or pinching molten metal with hot tongs – are displayed in the Man at Work Collection. Featuring pavers, sod, and various planters in addition to the sculptures, the rooftop garden is open to museum patrons and staff and is also used for special functions. This was a complicated roof because of all the different flashing conditions, securing the statutes, and dealing with other trades. It was challenging for both Sika Sarnafil, the waterproofing system provider, and the roofing/waterproofing contractor, F. J. A. Christiansen Roofing Co. (a TectaAmerica Company). The 1,000 pound sculptures generate great interest for the museum, and have a commanding view of the city of Milwaukee themselves that was built on the hard work they depict.

Year: 2007
Owner: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 11,900 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Uihlein – Wilson Architects
Waterproofing System: Loose-laid system using 80 mil, Sarnafil® G476 Membrane, Sika Sarnafil
Roofing / Waterproofing Contractor: F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Company
General Contractor: The Bentley Co.

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Video & Project of the Week for April 28, 2014: SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)

May 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/28/14

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SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)
Singapore
32,152 sf Greenroofs
3,272 sf Atrium Planter Boxes
44,293 sf Green Ramp
1,765 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

SOLARIS is a 15 story office building located in the Fusionopolis hub in central Singapore’s One-North Business Park, an area dedicated to research and development in technology, media, physical sciences & engineering industries. Since the site was originally a military base, most of the original ecological system had been destroyed. The architect’s response was to conserve what little greenery there was by building on areas which would cause the least ecological damage, helping to improve the site’s biodiversity simply through the positioning of the building.

SOLARIS is comprised of two towers connected with a passively-ventilated central atrium. Office floors are linked by a series of sky terraces which span the atrium at upper floors. The architect designed over 8,000 square meters of landscaping, a total more than the area of building. The “eco-building” replaced the original site with a ratio of 108% of landscape to site area. The “green ramp” at SOLARIS is a 1.5 kilometer linear, continuous landscape ramp that was built to connect the ground level to the upper levels of the building, linking the basement Eco-cell with a cascading sequence of roof gardens at the highest levels. The building has accomplished a 36% reduction in overall energy consumption by integrating fully landscaped areas directly into the facade of the building. A dramatic vision of the possibilities inherent in Skyrise greenery design, 95% of the project’s total landscaped area is above ground level.

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Make sure you read much more about this project in Greenroofs.com’s April 2014 Guest Feature Article, “SOLARIS at Fusionopolis (Phase 2B): From Military Base to Bioclimatic Eco-Architecture” by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang.

Year: 2010
Owner: SoilBuild Group Holdings
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 84,777 sq.ft.
Grade: 7%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Design: T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
Architect of Record: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: PEB Consultants
Facade Consultant: Aurecon Singapore ( Pte.) Ltd.
Sustainability Consultant: Aurecon Singapore ( Pte.) Ltd.
Photographer: Albert Lim

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Video & Project of the Week for April 14, 2014: The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall

April 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/14/14

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The Ohio State University (OSU)
Green Roof at Howlett Hall

Columbus, OH, USA
12,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Located on the 60-acre Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Howlett Hall is home to The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Horticulture & Crop Sciences and the Food Science Processing Plant. Having been designed to house a rooftop garden originally in 1967, previously it was a tar and chip roof that was hot and unattractive, as well as an under-utilized space on the urban campus.

Along with Mary Maloney, director of Chadwick, the renewed efforts of a former student, Megan Meier of Higher Ground Green Roofs, jump-started the green roof campaign again in 2010. Three and a half years later, the Ohio State University Green Roof at Howlett Hall was the first publicly-accessible green roof in Columbus. The depth of the lightweight growing media from rooflite® ranges from 4-6″ with areas where it mounds to 18″. The team covered about half of the roof with a pre-grown Sedum mat from Sempergreen, with 11-14 varieties. The other half was planted with 7,225 perennials. It is estimated that 191,196 gallons of polluted stormwater runoff are diverted each year from the watershed of the nearby Olentangy River, with a projected annual savings of $10,374 in energy costs and roof maintenance.

Year: 2013
Owner: Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 12,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: NBBJ
Architect: Mikel Coulter, CTL Engineering, Inc.
Owner’s Rep/Consultant: Higher Ground Green Roofs
Construction Management: Roofmeadow
Pre-vegetated Sedum Carpet: Moerings USA / Sempergreen
Growing Media: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pavers: Hanover® Architectural Products
Installation: McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery

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