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.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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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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Project of the Week Video Feature

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

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Video & Project of the Week for November 16, 2015: Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion

November 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/16/15

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Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion
Toronto, Canada
102,257 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Sherway Gardens is a large retail shopping mall in Toronto, Canada, which opened in 1971 and Torontonians are most familiar with Sherway’s distinctive white-canopied roof, visible from many vantage points. Having undergone several renovations, Phase 1 of its latest expansion project just opened in September, 2015. Part of a $550 million Canadian dollar project with DIALOG as the Project Architect for the expansion, the 210,000 square foot LEED certified addition added 50 new stores to the mall; a new second level food court that can seat more than 1,000; greatly expanded multi-level parking for 1,200 more vehicles; and more: A green roof was installed on the new north wing, an exciting extension of developer Cadillac Fairview’s “Green at Work” program. It is currently the largest living roof on a free-standing commercial structure in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Xeroflor Canada XF301 Sedum Standard green roof was designed as part of the Stormwater Management Program for the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre Expansion. Underground storage cisterns in the parking field were initially required to control stormwater quantity as an additional element. The green roof is visible from the condominium towers at Sherway Gardens Road, and this not only improves the views of the roof of the building to the neighbors in the surrounding community, but the size and storage volume capacity of the green roof offered an opportunity for the required underground cisterns to be reduced in size from the original requirement. Sherway Gardens managers say the XF301 green roof system was chosen because of the key benefits it offers including its lightweight nature and a high “water retention-to-weight ratio.” At a total profile of 65 mm (2.6″), the system weighs 60 kg/m2 (12 psf) at saturation and retains 1.4″ of rainfall with a maximum water storage of 36 l/m2. The 9,500 square meter green roof is not irrigated and is expected to absorb approximately 340,000 liters of rainfall (from bone dry to saturation). Optional stone mulch was added to the green roof adding to this weight and helping to further protect the plants and promote their growth. The vegetated roof puts Sherway Gardens on the cutting edge environmentally and from a bird’s eye view, the Toronto urban landscape is getting greener by the day.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Year: 2014
Owner: Cadillac Fairview
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 102,257 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect & Planning: Dialog Design
General Contractor:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Roofer:
Bothwell Accurate
Membrane:
IKO – Conventional Roofing Assembly
Greenroof
Installation: Ginkgo Sustainability
Greenroof System:
XF301 Sedum Standard, Xeroflor Canada

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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~ Linda V.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade

May 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the collaborative video “The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by the soft spoken Jenny Hill, PhD candidate working on an interdisciplinary greenroof study with the Daniel’s Faculty at the University of Toronto and the gregarious Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada.  We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the extremely knowledgeable Jenny Hill yet, but we’ve known Terry for years – probably since about 2003.

He is extremely well known and respected (he’s rather outspoken!) in our industry and before coming on board with Flynn Canada, he headed up his design/build firm Gardens in the Sky which is responsible for thousands of square feet of greenroofs in the Toronto area.

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A retrospective, comprising several of the oldest roofs in North America will be presented to consider fundamental issues concerning the post-construction phases of greenroof management including the economic and environmental expenses of weeding, fertilization and irrigation of extensive greenroofs.

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Jen and Terry ask: What happens when the manicured aesthetic ideal is rejected either intentionally or through neglect?  What it the long term viability of a greenroof as a piece of ecological urban infrastructure versus its survival as a horticultural canvas?  What can we learn from revisiting old projects and how can we design with the evolution of individual sites in mind?

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Toronto, Canada. “Jenny Hill is a member of the Low Impact Development and Groundwater research groups, in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Her PhD research investigates the relationship between extensive green roof design decisions and their impact on urban hydrology.  Jen’s interest in this research arises from her diverse background including an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and master’s degrees in Forensic Science and Landscape Architecture.” ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

Toronto, Canada. “Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada is one of Canada’s best known greenroof experts.  He is a creative, dynamic forward thinking horticulturalist and landscape designer with 30 years of experience and has been designing and building gardens in the Toronto area since 1982.

Terry created his first roof garden in 1985, and installed his first green roof in 1999.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade share on the subject:

1) Jen and Terry examine 10-year old greenroofs by Terry McGlade of which 5 out of 6 are high compost roofs and 5 out of 6 were not just sedum-only roofs to consider ecological succession as an ultimate end goal of extensive green roofs; a look at the local legislative framework;

2) Examination of the post-construction phases of greenroof management – the succession of management, the classical ecological succession of how they are changing in terms of plants, soils (including compaction, erosion), etc., the change from the original design intent;

3) Six case studies that Jen surveyed over the last two summers (2013 & 2014) are presented: Earth Rangers East School, Ryerson University, Jackman Avenue School, Toronto Botanical Garden, UTSC Arts & Administration Building, and the Royal Ontario Museum;

4) Discussion of examples of “no maintenance greenroofs” – what to expect; the importance of using local native plants; managing client expectations in terms of change over time;

5) In some cases you can go back and revitalize greenroofs to make them healthier – perhaps every 5-10 years we need to do that, look at plant colonies, soils as they are closed systems.  Ask yourself, are they still working?  We need an ever changing “Green Roofs 2.0” dialogue.

Watch the 31:04 “The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark

May 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

VS2015-CameronLeeLiuWarkToday we are spotlighting the panel presentation “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” with Dr. Bob Cameron of Penn State University in University Park, PA, Dr. Allen Lee of Cadmus in Portland, OR, Dr. Karen Liu of Xeroflor Canada in Toronto, Canada, and Chris Wark of BuroHappold Engineering in New York City.

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Amy Chomowicz, the Program Administrator for the Sustainable Stormwater Management Division and the Ecoroof Program with the City of Portland Environmental Services, came up with this idea for the panel several months ago, intended to spotlight greenroofs and walls and their energy implications.  Once she realized that prior work commitments wouldn’t allow her to participate, she continued to help organize it and invited Allen Lee, PhD to moderate instead, whom we didn’t know prior, but he was great – thank you, Amy and Allen!

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We missed Amy but the panel did an awesome job!  By the way, you can hear from Amy and her colleagues from BES in their presentation from our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011 in “The Portland Ecoroof Program” A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon, USA.”

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We have been familiar with Dr. Karen Liu’s research work for years now, and see her often at conferences around the world (look for an upcoming Guest Feature article coming from her soon!)  And we’ve known the wonderful Bob Cameron for a good many years now from his work at Penn State, and we were fortunate to spend a good deal of time with him on our 6-day tour of China in 2012 after we both spoke at the awesome Hangzhou World Green Roof Conference 2012.  Look for his accompanying research article “An Integrated Biofilter System to Contribute to Net Zero Architecture while Providing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment” soon on Greenroofs.com.

Also, don’t miss Bob’s second presentation here at the Virtual Summit 2015 titled “Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics.” And, he also participated at our Virtual Summit 2013 on the Panel Session “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter Two” with Patrick Carey.

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Chris Wark has been a contributing editor, aptly enough the Energy Editor, with Greenroofs.com since 2011, and he and his wife Wendy, have been good friends of ours since 2004.  In 2011 he completed a 32-page, 7-part Green Roof Energy Series (PDF, 2011) which is a great backgrounder for this discussion!  Chris also participated in our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011 – watch his video “E = MC2 of Green Roofs” on our YouTube channel.

University Park, PA, USA. “Robert “Bob” D. Cameron, PhD spent more than two decades directing the global environmental programs of a Fortune 30 multi-national conglomerate. In the late ‘70s in collaboration with NASA, he designed, permitted, and constructed the first constructed wetlands to treat wastewater from the natural gas industry. Working on every continent except Antarctica, Bob designed award winning environmental programs based on sustainability concepts. Later as President of his own corporation, he de-engineered historic buildings destined for the wrecking ball, which he then relocated and reconstructed with green architectural features.

Pursuing a life-long goal, he recently earned his doctorate from Penn State University (PSU) at the Center for Green Roof Research. His thesis entailed the invention and construction of a functional architectural system to attenuate wastewater pollutants while reducing a building’s energy use and providing a platform for urban agriculture. Currently, Bob has an appointment with the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University and teaches collegiate courses and conducts research on greenroofs, livings walls, constructed wetlands, aquaponics, and artificial islands while also managing Eco Applied Technologies, a consulting firm for commercial, residential, and industrial applications.” Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

Portland, OR, USA. Amy Chomowicz (Organizer) is “the Program Administrator for the Sustainable Stormwater Management Division and the Ecoroof Program, City of Portland Environmental Services. She  has worked in the water quality and watershed restoration fields for 23 years and worked on her first ecoroof project in 1997. Prior to that, Amy worked in energy conservation and renewable energy. ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

Portland, OR, USA. “Allen Lee, PhD, LEED AP (Moderator), is an executive director in the Energy Services Division in Cadmus’ Portland, Oregon office. He has more than 25 years’ experience in energy and environmental research and leads a wide range of studies related to energy efficiency and technologies. His management and technical expertise includes demand side management, energy services, codes and standards, green buildings, externalities analysis, and renewables. He has managed more than 60 energy program evaluations and a comparable number of other projects.

He has conducted research on the energy and environmental impacts of green roofs for more than 15 years. He co-developed the original green roof energy analysis module for DOE’s EnergyPlus building simulation model. Dr. Lee has a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of science in engineering from Caltech.” Read his complete bio here from the VS2015

Toronto, Canada. “Karen Liu, PhD is a Product Manager for Bonar Xeroflor GmbH. Karen has been conducting green roof research since 2000 when she was a research officer at the National Research Council in Ottawa. She has also led the green roof research team at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC.

Karen established the first North American field facility dedicated to green roof research and conducted several field studies across Canada to study the climate sensitivity of the technology. She now focuses her work on research and product development at Xeroflor. Karen received her PhD from the University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

New York, NY, USA. “Christopher Wark has 26 years of multidisciplinary engineering experience providing technical and analytical support for manufacturers, universities and national labs. For the past 12 years, he has focused his efforts on technical solutions in building design and is currently an Associate with BuroHappold Engineering, managing the Analytics group in their New York office. In 2002, Chris established SHADE Consulting/Green Roof Innovations with his wife Wendy. With SHADE, Chris developed and marketed several innovative modular eco-roof systems, a roof system heat transfer and cost computer program, and conducted green roof system heat transfer analyses for 5 major cities and organizations. In 2010, he developed a modular planting system in partnership with Guiyang Chuangjia High-Tech Accelerator Co. LTD in Guiyang, China.

Chris holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University where his graduate work focused on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion. ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark share on the subject:

1) Focus on key impacts and economics of greenroof and greenwall vegetative envelope components including energy and stormwater.  Identify what they are, how you can predict outcomes, what prediction tools are out there; a look at using greenroof and greenwall crops with biofilters in PA, others greenroof gardens in NYC, Portland, and China where rooftop farming is becoming very popular;

2) How does nature work, from an energy standpoint, using biology in regards to greenroofs and walls?  Integrating green building components relative to factors of energy – what kind of media, locations, building geometry, orientation, should people be looking at, i.e. optimizing greenroof to greenwall ratio. What ideas does everyone have for incorporating living green components into buildings?  The growth of pvs and greenroofs are discussed; 

3) Bob: His multi-year study at the PSU Green Roof Center concentrated on biowalls and greenroofs as a water resource and how these systems could be used to not only clean but also reduce the energy need and concurrently grow crops.  Get detailed results on how he achieved EPA’s cleanliness standards in less than 24 hours and at the same time reduced both the exterior and interior temperatures of the buildings; 

4) Karen: Started in 2000 with the National Resource Council in Ottawa performing multiple tests on various sites in Toronto and Vancouver, BC concentrating on temperature variances between winter and summer on greenroofs and growing media depth differences on water retention and energy savings;

5) Chris: Discussion on performance building concepts of the 90’s PassiveHaus movement originating in Dusseldorf, Germany and Net Zero Buildings, how to minimize the amount of energy generated within a small building through correct design and material components and evaluation of lifestyle issues and aesthetics.  Green building industry has grown so much in the last 20 years and PassivHaus has matured along the way – can we be doing more? Greenroofs are a promising part of it.

Watch the 1:05:05 video presentation “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.