The Monroe County Parking Garage is located at 312 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 46202. Watch the 3:14 Monroe County Parking Garage by LiveWall – Project of the Week 4/16/18 video from Greenroofs.com on the greenroofsTV channel on YouTube. Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/16/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of LiveWall and Tony Frederick of CS Kern via Hagerman Construction Corporation.
April 15, 2018 Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina on Greenroofs.com; February 22, 2018 LiveWall Press Release.
Located next to the justice center, the new Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana serves the dual purpose of providing parking for county employees – plus serve the general public to relieve parking congestion – and an emergency housing center for the jail. The above-ground parking structure is a cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete parking structure with 240 parking spaces.
The new six-story Monroe County Parking Garage features a unique LiveWall(R) installation. LiveWall, the green industry’s most sustainable, durable and low-maintenance living wall system, fills five of the parking structure’s window openings with a variety of plants that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green.
“The idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of the six-story parking garage with an interesting and visually appealing element, achieved by incorporating some green design,” said Stephen Andoh, AIA, LEED AP, project manager, Axis Architecture + Interiors, the project architect.
“Many older buildings in the area have second and third story window boxes planted with flowers,” said Julie Thomas, Monroe County commissioner. “Installing LiveWall put window boxes into the windows of the parking garage.” The green wall, with a total of 180 plants in a variety of seven annuals, is a beautiful, lively addition to the garage. “LiveWall was a good choice for an outside green wall exposed to the elements. Its components are strong and durable,” said Joel Fleming, project manager, Hagerman Construction Corporation, the project’s general contractor.
“LiveWall’s structural design lent itself to a secure installation within the garage windows in a way that allows for easy access from behind the green wall on the inside the garage,” said Logan Messmer, project engineer, ProCLAD, Inc., a building envelop contractor selected to install the parking garage green wall.
The window openings in the parking garage measure 8 feet long by 6 feet tall. ProCLAD designed and installed a framework within the window openings with 4-inch by 4-inch by 1/4-inch tube steel. They bolted the LiveWall system’s horizontal aluminum rails to the tube steel frames. Each of the five sections of green wall has six rows of LiveWall modular planter boxes, which slide into the rails.
The system was installed on January 4-5, 2017, and was planted on May 19, 2017. The inserts used for the LiveWall Modules were 30 eight-inch and 150 sixteen-inch, planted with seven annuals including Yellow, Red and Purple Coleus.
The LiveWall green wall installation stands out as a distinctive design element on the Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana.