CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference 2016 Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

February 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

It’s time to get your creative juices rolling for the 2016 CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference!

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is seeking presentation proposals for its 14th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference to be held in Washington, DC on November 1-4, 2016.  This year’s conference theme is stormwater management – policies, technologies, design and best management practices.

As you know, Washington, DC is currently a leader in green roof implementation and policy and stormwater management is a critically important requirement here as well as many other jurisdictions.

Topic areas include:

  • How to maximize stormwater retention – technologies and design;
  • Policy best management practices – “feebates”, grant programs, credits, minimum standards, construction standards, maintenance standards;
  • Green roofs and walls as part of an integrated building & site approach to stormwater management – case studies;
  • The economics (costs + benefits) of various best management practices for stormwater retention – comparing apples to apples – short and medium term perspectives;
  • Looking beyond stormwater to other tangible benefits and the role of private investment;
  • Design and testing methods and measurement tools;
  • Stormwater economics – flooding, erosion control, tanks;
  • Stormwater as a resource – rainwater harvesting best practices, storage and irrigation systems. ~ CitiesAlive 2016

Please complete your submission online by February 26, 2016.

Read about the Application Process; Research, Design, and Policy Tracks; Benefits of presenting at CitiesAlive; Detailed Speaker Timeline, and much more here.

Haven Kiers and I will be submitting ours soon (probably at the last minute, as usual) for our 2016 Top 10 Lit of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design ~ make sure you don’t miss the deadline for yours!

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

Video & Project of the Week for November 17, 2014: Hilton Garden Inn – West End

November 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/17/14

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Hilton Garden Inn – West End
Washington, DC, USA

5,820 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Pursuing LEED Silver, the four-star 167,888 square foot Hilton Garden Inn West End hotel is an upscale mid-priced 238-room hotel situated within walking distance of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic attractions and corporations. Upon opening in May 2014, the Hilton Garden Inn began participating in the LightStay program, a Hilton Worldwide initiative to save energy by continuous measurement and reduction of electric, gas and water consumption. Contributing to the LEED accreditation, this property designed by Shalom Baranes Associates includes condensate recovery, ventilation recovery, low VOC finishes and seven separate vegetative roofs over three different roof levels.

Prospect Waterproofing installed the second level courtyard greenroof system by American Hydrotech with over thirty different varieties of perennials and deciduous shrubs in engineered growing media ranging in depths of 8″ to 16″. Triangular pyramidal skylights lend a modern feel to this outdoor space, while a perimeter green screen with trellising vines add additional urban greenification. Vegetation at the pool deck and penthouse roof levels consists of deciduous perennials intermixed with sedum and other succulents. Tall grasses installed near the building rising wall adjacent to the pool area offer contrasting vegetation heights. Below surface drip irrigation was installed and in lieu of standard irrigation timers, soil moisture sensors mitigate any unnecessary watering. Craning in a difficult and high-traffic area of DC made logistical coordination essential. Construction required coordination with multiple trades including masons, electricians, steelworkers and plumbers.

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

Year: 2014
Owner: Starperoto M St Partners
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size:
5,820 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Shalom Baranes Associates
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech – Intensive Green Roof
Green Roof Installation: Prospect Waterproofing
Landscape Architect: Oculus
Irrigation: Netafim
General Contractor: Turner Construction
Plant Supplier: Kurt Bluemel, Inc., Emory Knoll Farms/ Green Roof Plants & others

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Video & Project of the Week for June 30, 2014: American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

July 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/30/14

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American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
2,500 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, maximize recycling and contribute to a healthier environment, in April 2014 a second greenroof was added to APA properties at their headquarters (see the APA/World Resources Institute HQ from 2008), which qualified for the DDOE grant program. In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency rated both buildings in the top 10 percent of buildings in the U.S. with the lowest carbon footprint.

The design at the APA HQ building was focused on how greenroofs benefit people’s mental well being. Rebate funding was provided by the District Department of the Environment through a program  administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society; many private companies were also involved which made this project successful. Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the system design called for plenty of seating and relaxation with Bison Innovative Products decking tiles, metal planters, and perennial planting areas. Composed of a mixture of perennials, woody shrubs and small magnolia trees set within modern style seating areas with bright decorative accents, this greened patio creates usable event space with spectacular views of the Capitol building.

Year: 2014
Owner: American Psychological Association
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Roof Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Roof Size: 2,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Gensler Associates
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
Contractor: HITT Contracting
Greenroof System: Henry Intensive Greenroof
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Decking Tiles: Bison Innovative Products
Contractor: Consolidated Waterproofing
Planters, Edging & Planter Benches Manufacturer: Ore Inc.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof Project of the Week for November 18, 2013: International Monetary Fund (IMF) HQ #2

November 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/18/13

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) HQ #2
Washington, DC, USA
28,374 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), also known as the world’s bank, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has two buildings across the street from one another, Headquarters 1 and Headquarters 2. In 2009, IMF’s Headquarters #2 became LEED Gold certified, and in 2013 HQ2 achieved LEED Platinum Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance. Employing new Barrett Ram Tough 250 rubberized asphalt, Barrett Company provided a 20 year Vegetative Roofing System warranty for both greenroof projects.

At the HQ2 Building, although the green roof itself is inaccessible, employees and visitors may enjoy the scenic overlook from a patio area with tables and chairs. The existing roofing system was a hot applied rubberized asphalt membrane installed just a few years ago, but realizing the strong need for greenroofs in the Capitol District, the IMF decided to convert the existing ballasted assembly to a greenroofing system. The new and old membrane system was covered with a 4 inch deep extensive green roofing system with 5 species of sedum using pre-vegetated sedum mats from Moerings Sempergreen.

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Year: 2012
Owner: International Monetary Fund
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 28,374 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect for the Project: OPX
Roofing/Waterproofing Consultant: G. Blake Giddens, P.E., Project Engineer, Restoration Engineering, Inc.
General Contractor: Jones Long LaSalle
Waterproofing & Green-Roofscapes® Supplier & Technical Consultant: Barrett Company
Waterproofing Applicator: James R. Walls Contracting Co.
Landscape Installation: Tilson Group
Soil Supplier: J. K. Enterprises
Pre-vegetated Sedum Mats: Moerings Sempergreen

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.