University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing
Coral Gables, FL, USA
46,785 sf Greenroofs
Greenroofs.com Featured Project August 24, 2021
According to the Miami Herald (April 23, 2021), Miami’s sea level rise bill is projected to be $4 billion by 2060, and is not expected to keep every neighborhood dry. Because of the timely Hurricane Season and the spotlight on sea rise due to our ever-warming planet, we are re-featuring the design of the University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing with lots of new updated photos from Arquitectonica and ArquitectonicaGEO. Its living architecture expertly illustrates how to build with projected sea level rise strategies; the project site is 70% pervious.
The Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience says, “By 2040, sea levels are expected to be 10 to 17 inches higher than 2000 levels.” Miami-Dade County’s 3-D sea level rise viewer allows planners and residents to view buildings that could be affected by one foot to six feet of sea level rise:
The County’s Sea Level Rise Strategy describes five complementary adaptation approaches that can be combined depending on a community’s needs and preferences and the physical landscape:
Build on Fill: raise the land on artificial fill; Build Like the Keys: elevate structures on pilings and live with more water; Build on High Ground Around Transit: promote new development in the least flood-prone areas along transit corridors; Expand Greenways and Blueways: expand waterfront parks and make room for canals in our most flood-prone neighborhoods; Create Green and Blue Neighborhoods: create a network of small spaces for water in our yards, streets, and parks.
Not surprisingly, the beautifully executed University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing employs several of these strategies, including its highly sloped greenroofs!
Responding to 21st century challenges, Miami-Dade County is upgrading infrastructure, protecting communities and supporting innovative solutions to sea level rise and climate change. We hope that living roofs and green infrastructure continue to become a part of their programs and strategies!
Excerpt from the Greenroofs.com Project Profile:
Established in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research university in Coral Gables, Florida. In keeping with their vision to become an exemplary and excellent institution, it’s embarking on a multi-phase student housing plan.
Phase 1 is the 12-acre Lakeside Village Student Community Housing comprised of 25 interconnected greenroofed buildings and a multitude of outdoor spaces including a grand courtyard, study spots, recreational spaces and outdoor terraces. Designed by Arquitectonica with landscape architecture by ArquitectonicaGEO, the residential cubes are arranged into a necklace of forms crowned with greenroofs strung together to produce a single undulating structure.
With its location on a sensitive coastal watershed in a hurricane zone, the design demonstrates some of the best aspects of environmental sustainability in the built environment, as well as some of the most challenging scenarios. The new buildings include passive solar cooling, rain gardens, and a LEED Gold certification pending.
Best of all, each roof is covered in vegetation – the first of their kind in Miami. The unique challenges of these many green roofs include their steep slopes and their location right in the center of a hurricane super-highway.
25 separate Henry-GRO extensive green roofs range in size from 3,259 to 627 square feet each; 7 have decks with a 4/12 slope and the rest have 3/12 slope. Each is sloped in a different direction and on a diagonal.
A GRO Capillary Action Mat was used directly over the Henry 790-11 waterproofing to resist sliding while also preventing root intrusion and facilitating the lateral flow of stormwater toward the internal drains. To address slope and wind concerns, a GRO Slope Stabilization System and a wind erosion mat were installed on top of the growth media.
After an extensive review, Miami-Dade gave Notice of Approval to the Henry-GRO system in February 2019, deemed more than capable of withstanding a Category 5 hurricane. Completed in November 2019, the Vegetated Roofing Assemblies were then hydro-seeded with Bahia Grass and planted with Blood Flower, Autumn Blush Tickseed, Scarlet Sage, and Native Porter.
The architecture traverses sky and ground, at once ethereally floating and connected to the ground. The University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing is a major breakthrough for green infrastructure in Miami, and hopefully these will be the first of many green roofs in the city.
Owner: University of Miami Housing & Residential Life and Division of Student Affairs
Location: Coral Gables, FL, USA
Building Program: Educational
Project Type: Semi-Intensive
Size: 46,785 sq. ft.
Slope: 7 green roofs with 4/12 slopes & 18 with 3/1 slopes
Access: Inaccessible, Private
UM FACILITIES OPERATIONS & PLANNING
BRAILSFORD & DUNLAVEY
MOSS & ASSOCIATES
EDWARDS AND PARTNERS
SUSTAINABILITY / COMMISSIONING:
SEQUIL SYSTEMS, INC.
ON-STRUCTURE VEGETATION COMPONENTS SUPPLIER:
GREEN ROOF OUTFITTERS
GREEN ROOF INSTALLATION:
PARAGON PAINTING AND WATERPROOFING
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