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JACK Thistledown Racino’s BioWall Wins Sustainable Building Award for Furbish

on June 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm under , ,

Baltimore, MD, – (June 29, 2018) – Not only is the BioWall in the atrium of JACK Thistledown Racino visually remarkable and one of the largest hydroponic living wall in the country, but it is now award winning! We at Furbish are honored to be named by BUILD Magazine as Best in Living Systems Design & Installation – USA and USA Commercial Project of the Year 2018: Thistledown Atrium Lobby – BioWall Living Wall in the category of Sustainable Building.

This project exemplifies our primary objective with BioWall: to seamlessly integrate living systems into the built environment, creating effortless opportunity for regular interaction with nature. With this installation, JACK Thistledown Racino innovatively broke from the traditional, casino aesthetic, introducing an ecological presence into a location where patrons would not typically find one. Located in the atrium, this living wall is approximately 2,300 square feet. It is comprised of roughly 12,000 plants, featuring six different species including: Cyrtomium falcatum (Holly Fern), Anthurium ‘Red Hot’, Dryopteris marginalis (Autumn Fern), Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’ Pothos, Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Satin’ Pothos, and Philodendron ‘Rojo Congo’.

The living wall utilizes the phytoremediation capabilities of these tropical plants to remove harmful pollutants from the air, reducing the demand on the building’s mechanical air filtration systems.

JACK Thistledown Racino’s BioWall creates a stunning visual statement as you enter the building while simultaneously providing biophilic opportunities to all visitors and employees.

The health and lush nature of the wall are sustained due to the regular maintenance of Plantscaping, industry leaders in interior landscaping based out of Cleveland Ohio.

About JACK Thistledown Racino
JACK Thistledown Racino is an historic multi-faceted entertainment destination with 1,440 video lottery terminals, live Thoroughbred and simulcast racing, and a variety of live, local entertainment. Nestled in the Cleveland suburb of North Randall, Ohio, JACK Thistledown food and beverage offerings include signature restaurant Millcreek Grille, Nonna Pazza pasta bar, Cleo’s sports bar, a diner, two quick-serve food outlets, a lounge and two indoor bars. Founded in 1925, JACK Thistledown is home to the Ohio Derby and is a mainstay on America’s thoroughbred horseracing circuit. The property is wholly-owned by an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC, formerly Rock Gaming LLC. For more information, visit

Furbish is a living systems company based in Baltimore, Maryland that provides Furnish, Install, and Maintenance services for living roofs, living walls, and other ecological building systems. Furbish cultivates remarkable experiences by bringing nature into the built environment, enriching lives, and helping others make the world greener. The company services a collection of general contractors, roofers, designers, and owners/developers with its 5 brands: EcoCline, EcoCline Solar, BioWall, SmartSlope, and RainTainer. Working together, Furbish creates a world where nature is integral to the built environment – enhancing building operations, promoting human well-being, and employing sustainability at the heart of business.

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