Project of the Week for September 26, 2016: Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building

September 26, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/26/16

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Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building
Portland, OR, USA
11,893 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

The seat of Oregon’s Multnomah County Government, the Multnomah Building is also home to the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof.  Completed in 2003 and originally known as the Multnomah County Multnomah Building Eco Roof, the green roof is a powerful educational opportunity with public accessibility, interpretive activities, and free sharing of data.  Upon exiting the 5th floor, the greenroof panorama of meadow-like wildflowers, grasses, and sedums is immediately visible. Created as Portland’s first public green roof demonstration garden, descriptive signs offer greenroof information.  Designed by Carleton Hart Architecture and Macdonald Environmental Planning with consulting by Marie-Anne Boivin and Tremco, the major portion of green roof is not accessible but the adjacent rooftop plaza serves as the demonstration area.  In 2005 it was renamed the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof in honor of the late Multnomah County Sustainability Manager who gained respect and county-wide awareness for her environmental leadership.

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In 2009 partners created the “Hope Garden” in six inches of lightweight growing mix in the accessible serpentine raised bed and planted organic vegetable gardens to recognize the growing community interest in local food systems and to inspire residents to plant their own edible gardens.  In 2014 a small demonstration edible living wall was installed by Green Living Technologies.  Planted with a variety of herbs and vegetables, the green wall and the rooftop Hope Garden grow donations for the Oregon Food Bank.  The roof also serves as a laboratory for experiments conducted by Portland State University, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, and others to quantify green roof benefits and increase public knowledge.  The County says the green roof evaporates about 25% of the building’s rainwater and reduces the air conditioning load between 5-10%.  The Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof stands as a Portland icon as one of the first municipal green roofs, a symbol of remembrance for a beloved county leader, and a source of pride for Multnomah County’s commitment to sustainability.

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NOTE:  The Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building was part of the inspiration for starting GRiT – the Green Roof info Think-tank, and GRiT’s four founders were involved in the project in one way or another. GRiT is the organizer of the upcoming Portland Ecoroof Symposium:  See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4 and I hope to see you there!

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Year: 2003
Owner: Multnomah County
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 11893 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible & Inaccessible, Open to Public

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Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Principal: Brian Carleton, Carleton Hart Architecture
Project Manager: Julie Wells Proksch, formerly with Carleton Hart Architecture
Design Team: Karen Pearson, Carleton Hart Architecture
Principal: Laurel Macdonald, Macdonald Environmental Planning
Landscape Architect: Jason King, formerly with Macdonald Environmental Planning
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Green Roof Design Consultant: Marie-Anne Boivin
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Interface Engineering
Surveyor: Ztec Engineering
Monitoring Consultant: Portland State University
Roofing Consultant: Tremco
General Contractor: Anderson Roofing
Green Wall System & Installation: George Irwin, Green Living Technologies (GLTi)

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

Project of the Week Amy Joslin Eco Roof Multnomah Building

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart

May 26, 2016 at 9:01 am

If you are interested in learning about some amazing results of connecting people to nature with greenroofs in healthcare facilities, make sure to watch the “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” video by Elizabeth Hart from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been almost a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video A Higher Purpose by Elizabeth Hart

Passionate about greenroofing with a decade of hands-on experience behind her – plus a degree in phytoremediation – Liz says a living roof’s societal benefits are often overlooked – yet humans may be the species with the most to gain.

Portland, OR, USA. As the Manager of Tremco’s North American Green Roof Program, Elizabeth Hart promotes environmental and economic sustainability through green roofs and living walls. She works closely with architects, contractors, and building owners on the design, installation, and maintenance of over 100 green roofs. Elizabeth received a B.S. in Sustainable Development and Botany from Appalachian State University, focusing on phytoremediation of polluted sites. Her years of working in a medical clinic led to her inspiration for changing the “nature” of healthcare facilities.

She is a founding and active member of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a network of over 400 businesses, government agencies, researchers, and community members committed to growing the collective knowledge base for on-structure vegetation. She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for green roofing through speaking, teaching, and ultimately making more green roofs happen.” ~ VS2015

Virtual Summit 2015 Video A Higher Purpose by Elizabeth Hart

Read about the “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video A Higher Purpose by Elizabeth Hart

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

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

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Video & Project of the Week for July 13, 2015: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

July 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/13/15

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Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Atlanta, GA, USA
68,000 sf. Greenroofs

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Project Description & Details

The former site of the iconic Rich’s Department Store (Atlanta’s most popular retailer throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries), the present Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center serves as the home of several federal agencies, including the GSA and EPA Region 4, and is one of Atlanta’s most environmentally friendly facilities. The center encompasses the six-story Rich’s Building and its beloved clock as the cornerstone of the facade (from 1924), the 10-story Midrise, the eight-story Bridge Building, and the 24-story high-rise Tower. Utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the $2.6 million project renovation’s goals, consistent with the General Services Administration’s roofing program, were to provide thermal and moisture protection; conserve energy and the environment; reduce utility costs; and help attain energy security by meeting Energy Independence and Security Act requirements.

In testing the roofs’ structural integrity, it was determined that part of the Rich’s portion could not support a vegetated roof; it was changed to a white, 60 mil Tremco “Cool Roof.” But the two Tremco vegetated roofs are highlights of the buildings with planting plans designed by Tremco Roo?ng’s Mary Ann Uhlmann. Installed by Greenrise Technologies, more than 198,000 colorful sedums, delospermas, native cacti, alliums and more were planted 3 per sf and are set in 4″ of growing media from ItSaul Natural. The combination of roofing systems is meeting the project goals, providing such benefits as a lower installed cost than planned, cutting heating and cooling costs, reducing stormwater runoff by more than 600,000 gallons, and reducing the strain on rooftop HVAC equipment. The collaborative efforts of the National Building Contractors team and the GSA designed a vegetated roof system that not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also recycled 80% of the existing roof material including the pavers, waterproofing membrane, and rigid insulation.

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

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Year: 2010
Owner: GSA
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 68,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Original Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
GSA Architects: Roland Royster and Steven Moore
General Contractor: National Building Contractors
Engineer and Roof Consultant: Michael E. Clark, MEC&A
Waterproofing: Tremco
Greenroof System: Tremco
Senior Field Advisor: Jim Lohmann, Tremco
Horticulturalist and Greenroof Designer: Mary Ann Uhlmann, Tremco
Vegetative Roof Project Manager: Scott McGaughey, Greenrise Technologies
Growing Media, Plant Installation, & Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies
Growing Media: ItSaulNatural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” Video by Elizabeth Hart

April 27, 2015 at 3:37 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.

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After finishing our keynote videos on Friday, today we start with the Individual, Collaborative, & Panels and are spotlighting the individual presentation “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” from the lovely Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, Manager of Tremco’s North American Green Roof Program.

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Liz is such a gentle, highly knowledgeable, and personable being with a quick smile and elegant sense of others as well as self – and she is passionate about greenroofing!

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library, Building 10, Washington DC

Liz learned a lot about the patient experience during her years of working in a medical clinic while in college and led to her inspiration for changing the “nature” of healthcare facilities.  As a result, she has centered many of her efforts within this industry and shares how greenroofing helps to heal both the environment and humanity.

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Orlando Health MD Anderson Cancer Center Labyrinth Vegetated Roof Garden, Orlando, FL

 Portland, OR, USA.  “As the Manager of Tremco’s North American Green Roof Program, Elizabeth Hart promotes environmental and economic sustainability through green roofs and living walls. She works closely with architects, contractors, and building owners on the design, installation, and maintenance of over 100 green roofs. Elizabeth received a B.S. in Sustainable Development and Botany from Appalachian State University, focusing on phytoremediation of polluted sites.

She is a founding and active member of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a network of over 400 businesses, government agencies, researchers, and community members committed to growing the collective knowledge base for on-structure vegetation.”  ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Elizabeth Hart shares on the subject:

1) Her ICU Revelation: Green spaces have the power to heal. Learn how the atmosphere of a healthcare facility can truly affect patient outcome and about the numerous opportunities to actively heal environments and people through introduction of vegetation;

2) How her degree in phytoremediation prompted her entrance into greenroofing; 

3) Research: Roger Ulrich, PhD studied how the access to nature affects the healing process. Evidence covers 3 measures: Clinical Indicators, Subjective Measures, and Economic Measures – hear the specific, measurable benefits of green spaces;

4) Healthcare has a unique advantage with many opportunities for greenroofs & walls because of how they are built and with so much dead roof space. Why many hospitals are choosing greenroofs: Sustainability: Making hospitals greener; Longevity: Extending the membrane life; Positive market identity with a greenroof;

5) Case studies: Providence St. Mary’s in Walla Walla met sustainability goals and learned what is good for the earth is good for the patient by adding value for the patients, family & staff; hear from the Director of Plant Operations, a former nurse and Chair of Green Team, and a current patient.  Edison Language Academy, Los Angeles added 5 greenroofs, 4 accessible: Garden-based learning offers students many advantages. Habitat roof gardens were designed by a school mother and landscape architect – hear from her how kids take lessons outside of the classroom, see cycles of nature, and benefit from vegetative roofs.

Watch the 23:19 video presentation “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” 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.