Project of the Week for September 18, 2017: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage

September 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/18/17

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage
Seattle, WA, USA
87,120 sf Greenroofs plus multiple green infrastructure elements

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Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people and its campus is a paragon of sustainable features. Designed by NBBJ Architects and completed in 2011, the multi-award winning Gates Foundation’s headquarters is the largest LEED-NC Platinum Certified nonprofit building in the world. Located across the street from the Seattle Space Needle, the former 12-acre asphalt parking lot had previously emptied its runoff into Puget Sound. But the design team including landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) created a stylish palette of mostly natives, including big leaf maples and edibles, along with drought tolerant non-natives. And, the campus features a total of two acres of extensive greenroofs, each with a five inch depth with plantings of sedum and sempervivum.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Completed first in 2008, most striking is the Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage, with its 1.5 acre undulating living roof from American Hydrotech. The multifaceted structure is flooded with natural light and the high-vaulted roof is cut with a dramatic skylight. Working with NBBJ and GGN, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company led the water resource management design, including a 100 percent non-potable irrigation system, water harvesting, subsurface drainage, green roofs, and soils engineering.

Rainwater is filtered by the greenroofs and directed from paved areas into a million-gallon cistern, currently harvesting 3.3 million gallons of rainwater a year. Conservation strategies reduce energy consumption by 39 percent via a solar array, thermal energy, and more. Potable water use is reduced by 79 percent through landscape features, rainwater storage, and the living roofs. This represents an upfront investment in the 100-year energy-efficient building that will pay for itself in fewer than 30 years. In addition to regenerating the surrounding downtown Seattle community, the ecologically and workplace-sensitive campus design has created a new world model for sustainable urban campuses.

Publisher’s Note: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage greenroof will be featured on one of the tours at CitiesAlive 2017.  Join colleagues on Thursday, September 21 at 9:00am – 12:00pm – click to learn more.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Year: 2008
Owner: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center (garage only co-owned)
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use – Commercial: Above-Ground Parking Garage and Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 87120 sq.ft. (approximately 2 acres between all of the greenroof on the campus)
Slope: Varies to about 7%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: NBBJ
Landscape Architect: GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol)
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Landscape Contractor: Pacific Earthworks
Greenroof Plant and Ecology Consultant: Rana Creek
Multiple Engineering Services: Arup
General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company, Inc.
Irrigation and Soils: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

More Info

View the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 9/18/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Sean Airhart/NBBJ; ©GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), including one each by ©Timothy Hursley and ©Sellen Construction Company; and ©Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company.

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29th ~ Round #2 starts on October 16th!

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CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference Call for Proposals

February 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference is issuing a Call for Proposals. Would you like to present your ideas, research, and/or projects?  Do so to share and promote your work to the North American industry association, members, and colleagues!

CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof Wall Conference Call Proposals

Held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in beautiful Seattle, WA on September 18 – 21, 2017 the theme of CitiesAlive this year is building resilience and equity across Cascadia: people, community and places.

The Pacific Northwest of North America, known as Cascadia, is a land of stunning natural beauty with loads of green infrastructure worthy of boast and surely a region from which to learn.  And Seattle in the fall is simply sublime and coupled with great food, sightseeing, and warm, engaging, and environmentally conscious people, you can’t go wrong!

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will explore the science behind greenroof and wall performance, technology and design.

“Specifically, the proposals we are looking for will focus on how green roof and walls provide benefits for the entire Cascadia region, including:

• Improved physical and mental health and well-being
• Increased resilience to climate change and extreme weather
• Improved water quality in Puget Sound and Cascadia’s other water bodies
• Improved aesthetics and quality of life
• Enhanced social justice

Proposals of innovative design, policy and research from outside of the Cascadia region are also welcomed.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Proposals are due on Friday, March 17, 2017.

As Media Sponsors for CitiesAlive once more, we don’t want you to miss out.

CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof Wall Conference Call Proposals

For more information or to submit your proposal, visit citiesalive.org.  If you are a GRP (or want to become accredited), in the business – whether professional service provider, industry manufacturer or supplier, or someone simply interested in learning more about design, policy, and research – you must attend CitiesAlive.

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

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

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/23/17

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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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Greenroof Project of the Week for December 30, 2013: Russell Investments Center

December 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/30/13

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Russell Investments Center
(formerly Washington Mutual Bank)
Seattle, WA, USA
23,000 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Formerly owned by Washington Mutual Bank, the Russell Investments Center tower boasts forty-two stories of Class A+ office space plus sweeping, unparalleled views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, the Space Needle and downtown Seattle from the 17th floor garden roof from American Hydrotech.

Accessible to all building tenants, the vital social and event space was designed by PFS Studio to integrate elements that relay the story about the center, its local origins and the community it serves. Almost two-thirds of the landscaped deck is planted with predominantly drought-tolerant and native plants. The project presented a rare opportunity to reference the varied and unique landscapes of Washington State, from its coastal beaches to the Olympic and Cascade ranges and the interior plateau. Russell Investments Center boasts a perfect 100 ENERGY STAR score, making it the most efficient high rise in Seattle and a candidate for LEED-EB Platinum status.

Year: 2006
Owner: Russell Investments
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 23,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: PFS Studio (formerly Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg)
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Developer: Wright Runstad
Architect: NBBJ
General Contractor: Sellen Construction
Landscape Contractor: Teufel Nursery
Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Additional Project Team: Birmingham & Wood and Turkington & Associates
Stone Mason: Star Masonry
Glass Abacus: Joel Berman Glass
Civil Engineering: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Electrical Engineering: Coffman Engineers

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