Video & Project of the Week for October 5, 2015: High Line

October 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm Project of the Week: 10/05/15


High Line: Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
New York, NY, USA
~300,313 sq. ft. Greenroof


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Project Description & Details

An ambitious and highly acclaimed urban reclamation project created in three phases over a period of eight years, the award-winning High Line is noted for its innovative design and sustainability. Located in New York City’s Meatpacking District and Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the length of the High Line traverses 23 uninterrupted city blocks, 30 feet in the air, with expansive views of New York City and the Hudson River. At a total of 1.45 miles the High Line is considered the “longest greenroof” in the world to date.

The former abandoned elevated railway was championed by the non-profit group “Friends of the High Line” and designed by the landscape architecture firm of James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro with planting design from Piet Oudolf and engineering design by Buro Happold. ZinCo USA provided the technical basis for all the green roof design concepts in terms of plants, walkways, and leisure areas with Floradrain® drainage elements and ZinCoblend M growing medium.


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Phase 1 was completed in 2009 and starts at the Gansevoort Stair. Features include the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook passing through the Gansevoort Woodland; Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature; Chelsea Market Passage; Northern Spur Reserve; 10th Avenue Square and Overlook; Plaza and Woodland; Washington Grasslands; 14th Street Passage; and the Chelsea Grasslands.


Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.


Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Phase 2 was completed in 2011 and features include the Chelsea Thicket; Wildflower Field; 23rd Street Lawn; Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover; and the 26th Street Viewing Spur.


Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.


Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Completed in 2014, Phase 3 picks up around the far west side of the Hudson Yards to West 34th Street across from the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Features include the Pershing Square Beams; Interim Walkway; and the CSX Transportation Gate.


Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

One of the most expensive parks ever constructed, the High Line is also one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations and receives 5 million visitors per year. From an overgrown abandoned railroad trestle to a delightful changing panorama of self-seeded landscape and re-introduced indigenous vegetation, original and restored rails, and contemporary artwork to a wide variety of places for relaxation and enjoyment, the iconic High Line is dearly loved as a remarkable landscaped city park in the air.


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Find more photos and additional information on each profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database: Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3.


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Year: 2009, 2011 and 2014
Owner: City of New York
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: ~300,313 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Planting Design: Piet Oudolf
Engineering: Buro Happold
Greenroof System: ZinCo USA
Greenroof Installation: Kelco Landscaping
General Contractor: KiSKA Construction
Construction Management: SiteWorks Landscape & Lend Lease


Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.


Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Project of the Week Video Feature

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

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for September 28, 2015: Carnegie Hall Weill Roof Terrace

September 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm Project of the Week: 9/28/15


Carnegie Hall Weill Roof Terrace
New York, NY, USA
10,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Commissioned by Andrew Carnegie and designed by New York City architect William Burnet Tuthill, this national historic landmark and vital cultural center was completed in 1891. Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians to the world stage with its remarkable architectural design and incredible legacy. Led by Iu & Bibliowicz Architects, the renowned music venue recently embarked on the Studio Towers Renovation Project to create new educational and green spaces. Among these renovations is the Weill Roof Terrace on the 9th floor adjacent to the new Resnick Education Wing, offering concertgoers, performers, teachers and staff a green place to gather and support the Hall’s many programs.

With OLIN Partnership leading the 10,000 sf green roof project from design to specification to installation, dedication and teamwork between Sponzilli Landscape Group, rooflite, and everyone involved proved to be a key factor in transforming this historic building. OLIN’s design provides a spacious activity area surrounded by lawn and seating areas. Through the glass railing guests are offered a birds-eye view of the busy Manhattan streets below. The design also features shallow planter areas with perennials which surround the skylights, and deep planters using the ZinCo USA system containing 21 tall trees which work as a buffer between the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The rooflite team custom tailored a growth medium to support a diverse plant palette including maple trees up to 35 feet tall. The legendary 124-year old Carnegie Hall achieved LEED Silver certification as well as compliance with the NYC Green Buildings Law. The addition of the Weill Terrace at Carnegie Hall has truly created a unique and dynamic urban landscape which has become the perfect gathering place to enjoy the sights and sounds of this fabulous city.

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


Year: 2013
Owner: The City of New York, managed by The Carnegie Hall Corporation
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 10,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Original Architect: William Burnet Tuthill
Studio Towers Renovation Project Architect: Natan Bibliowicz, Iu & Bibliowicz Architects
Landscape Architect: OLIN Partnership
Green Roof Contractor: Daniel Sponzilli, Landscape Director, Sponzilli Landscape Group
Growing Media: rooflite® Certified Green Roof Media
Soil Blender: Laurel Valley Soils
Green Roof System: Various green roof system build ups, Semi-intensive, Applications with Turf & with Perennials, Deep System Applications with tall Trees
Technology Partner: Siemens
General Contractor: Tishman Construction
Intensive Beds/ Lawn/ Courtyard System: ZinCo USA


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Carnegie Hall Weill Roof Terrace Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

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

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for October 3, 2014: ZinCo USA

October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


ZinCo Group is the international pioneer and market leader in designing and manufacturing environmentally smart green roof systems for high density urban areas.

ZinCoUSA-logoSince their inception in 1957, ZinCo has led the industry’s growth and advancement by developing environmentally smart solutions that reduce urban heat island effect and improve storm water management. The project goals of the ZinCo Technical Department are to provide top quality in all components, generate innovative ideas for architectural visions, and develop customized solutions for attractive designs in roof landscapes. Their award winning products and systems help clients develop stunning landscapes that are earth-friendly by conserving energy and producing cleaner air and water in urban areas.

ZinCo is fully committed to maximizing the economic, environmental and public health benefits of green roof systems. Their holistic approach to promoting green roof utilization includes: technical and horticultural research, developing standards in partnership with industry associations and sponsoring annual international conferences to build public awareness and education.

Based in Germany, ZinCo has offices in over 17 countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. They install over 15 million square feet of green roof systems annually on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional buildings. Their lightweight, durable green roof systems leverage German-engineered technology to imitate the beauty of nature and deliver superior environmental and economic benefits to building owners and communities all over the world.


For more detailed information about ZinCo USA, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, we have created a prominent position on the Homepage for this weekly spotlight as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (about 2:00 min.) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos will also be playing on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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Get Your 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar Now!

December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, it’s that time of year when the air is turning crisp in the Northern Hemisphere (warm in the Southern) and we start to hear the jingling of bells and the smell of fresh Christmas trees – plus planning for the New Year. And, of course, we start thinking of affordable gifts for our family and friends…


What better way to share your token of appreciation and passion of living roofs and walls than with‘s new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar?  At only $9.95 each, it’s very affordable – with discounts for orders over 10, too.  Plus we’ll include free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and Canada (please call for international rates).

And to make gift-giving even easier, we’ll send them directly to your people in your name!

The cover sports the gorgeous California Academy of Sciences, The Osher Living Roof – thanks to Tom Fox of the SWA Group for permission to use his beautiful photo!

In addition to tons of greenroof and wall happenings listed from around the world from Upcoming Events, your 2014 Calendar highlights these spectacular projects from across the globe from The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database:


January features the GOLISANO INSTITUTE for SUSTAINABILITY in Rochester, NY. 


February features the NASHVILLE MUSIC CITY CENTER in Nashville, TN.


March features the HANOVER® ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS in Hanover, PA. 


April features the WILLIAMS ENGINEERING Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 


May features the 1133 AVENUE of the AMERICAS Building in New York, NY. 


June features the DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER in Pittsburgh, PA.


July features the MORZINE AQUATICS CENTER in Morzine, France.


August features the GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET in Grand Rapids, MI.


September features the VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR CENTRE in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


October features the THE REPUBLIK BUILDING in Durham, NC.


November features the CASA FELIZ STUDIOS in San Jose, CA.


December features the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND in Washington, D.C.

2014Calendar-QRcodeLearn more about each profile by simply scanning the QR Code with your smartphone or tablet built-in camera.  If you don’t want to scan, you can still get more information about each project the old fashioned way – by entering the Project ID number located under each photo in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

See our November 26, 2013 Press Release “Our new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar is available for purchase!” and visit the Calendar page on to order yours today.


Special thanks go to our 2014 Calendar Sponsors:
Barrett Company, Bioroof, Carlisle, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi),
Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal iD,
Xero Flor America and ZinCo USA!

Happy gift-giving (and receiving),

~ Linda V.