Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World
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The Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World; Photo Courtesy of StarbucksProject Name: Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World
Year: 2014
Owner: Starbucks
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1800 sq.ft.
Slope: 5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Submitted by: Kevin Songer, MetroVerde

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Project Designer: David Daniels, Starbucks Senior Designer
General Contractor: Chris Elfrink, Elfrink Construction
Green Roof System: Hurricane Design by Kevin Songer, MetroVerde Green Roofs
Roofing Contractor and MetroVerde Green Roof System Installer: Jimmy Sterling and Tad Davis, Sterling Roofing
Roofing System: Johns Manville
Growing Media: Mike Hardin and Dr. Marty Wanielista, University of Central Florida, Stormwater Management Academy
Green Roof Plants: Rodney Rubright, Springhill Nursery
Photo Courtesy of StarbucksThe Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World; Photo Courtesy of StarbucksPhoto Courtesy of Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality Arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Opened in March, 1975, Downtown Disney - originally the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village - is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Starbucks opened a new LEED-certified store here in the Downtown Disney District in May, 2014. Over the next year, Starbucks and Disney will bring four more Starbucks locations to guests.

Senior Designer for Starbucks, David Daniels’ vision of a green roof atop the new Starbucks store has grown from an idea and conceptual poster on the construction walls in Downtown Disney West Side, Orlando to a thriving, tropical lemongrass sustainable ecosystem.

According to the Starbucks Newsroom, the new 4,000 square foot Starbucks store is a “new page in the collaboration between two iconic brands. In March of this year, Starbucks and Disney teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.” See its Living Wall profile in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

The stores integrate “local relevancy and sustainability into store design” and contain 70-inch digital display panels with built-in cameras, a moss Starbucks siren sculpture by Paloma Teppa, reclaimed wood and LED store and green roof lighting.
Under construction; Photo Courtesy of Kevin Songer, MetroVerdeThe Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World; Photo Courtesy of Starbucks
The 1,800 square foot Starbucks Disney Orlando green roof is planted with lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus. Cradle to cradle sustainability is woven throughout the green roof system and plantings. Coffee grounds are saved from daily store operations, recycled through composting and used to feed the green roof plants. The green roof plants attenuate and filter storm water runoff, helping to protect the adjacent Lake Buena Vista water bodies.

Birds, dragonflies and butterflies have already adopted the lemongrass savannah-like ecosystem for communal and foraging habitat. The green roof plants mitigate the ever-present Florida urban heat island effect and green house gases, sequester carbon and provide fresh oxygen for Downtown Disney Main Street visitors. Energy efficient LED lighting is not only used throughout the Starbucks store but also accentuates the green roof lemongrass during Disney Main Street’s lively nights.

Installation of green roof plantings and hurricane wind-uplift resilient system was completed through coordinated efforts between the Starbucks design and construction team, Disney Imagineering, the general contractor Elfrink Construction, roofing and green roof contractor Sterling Roofing, and MetroVerde’s tropical green roof design group. “We are excited we can provide such an incredible roof for Starbucks”, says Jimmy Sterling, President of Sterling Roofing, “this green roof provides so many ecological benefits.”

Soil media for the green roof was developed through the University of Central Florida’s Stormwater Management Academy, by Dr. Marty Wanielista and Mike Hardin. The lightweight green roof soil media is designed to promote the cleaning of stormwater as well as supporting optimal plant growth on the harsh conditions of Florida rooftops where temperatures and humidity reach levels difficult for most plants to grow in. Sterling Roofing coordinated installation of the green roof soil media via supersacks and lift truck. Starbuck’s green roof lemongrass is irrigated with a micro-drip system during summer droughts.

The MetroVerde green roof system is designed for resiliency to tropical storms and hurricanes and has been tested with the University of Florida’s Civil Engineering Department’s outdoor hurricane turbine simulator 130 mile per hour wind velocities. Considering Florida’s unique and harsh biophysical design variables, MetroVerde models multiple climate, physical and ecosystem factors when designing or specifying a tropical or coastal green roof system and plantings.

Located just past one of the main pedestrian entrances to Disney Main Street, Orlando, the green roof highlights the facade of Starbucks’ 500th LEED store, not only bringing the many benefits green roofs offer to the surrounding environment but also providing an opportunity for visitors to view close up, imagination- and sustainability-inspired design.

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The Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World; Photo Courtesy of StarbucksPhoto Courtesy of StarbucksThe Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World; Photo Courtesy of StarbucksPhoto Courtesy of StarbucksThe Starbucks Green Roof, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World; Photo Courtesy of Starbucks
Starbucks is located in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Watch the 2:21 video Starbucks Green Roof at Downtown Disney, Orlando - Project of the Week 7/14/14 from Greenroofs.com on the greenroofsTV channel on YouTube. Read the May 31, 2014 Starbucks Opens its First Company-Owned Store at Walt Disney World Resort Starbucks Press Release which includes a 2:20 video with David Daniels, Starbucks Senior Designer and May 30, 2014 New Starbucks opens at Downtown Disney's West Side by Dewayne Bevil in the Orlando Sentinel.

Learn about
MetroVerde in The Greenroof & Greenwal Directory. For additional information on the Starbucks Green Roof in Downtown Disney, Orlando, contact Kevin Songer, MetroVerde at metroverde.com; kevinsonger.blogspot.com; kssonger@gmail.com; or 904.446.8620.
 
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