Center of Developing Entrepreneurs (CODE)
Charlottesville, VA, USA
15,500 sq. ft. Greenroofs
Greenroofs.com Featured Project July 18, 2023
The cascading greenroofs of the Center of Developing Entrepreneurs (CODE) are a delight to see, covering eight garden roofs with living, breathing plant material – while also providing important amenity spaces to tenants and visitors, not to mention visiting birds, insects, and pollinators of all kinds.
Here’s a refreshing project that offers varied ecosystem benefits to many, plus, it looks fantastic in all seasons! And, the mountain vistas and big sky views are gorgeous.
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Designed in a collaborative partnership with Wolf Ackerman and Eskew Dumez Ripple, the 10-story Platinum LEED certified Center of Developing Entrepreneurs or CODE sits at the western end of Charlottesville, Virginia’s historic pedestrian mall designed by Lawrence Halprin. The multi-use CODE creates a dynamic and healthy work environment that emphasizes principles of wellness and sustainability within the workplace.
Envisioned by the project’s developer, a University of Virginia graduate, the building offers the city a new public plaza and a place for locally grown information technology and clean energy innovations to blossom into new businesses rather than relocate outside the region. Offering flexible retail and commercial office space in a dynamic urban campus, CODE features an open-air, pedestrian gallery that promotes public circulation.
Its numerous awards include the 2023 AIA National Architecture Award. In response to the 18-foot grade change around its perimeter along the public right-of-way, the architects stepped the massing of structures by winding a spiral configuration around a central exterior courtyard.
A series of green roof terraces resulted at each floor where tenants can enjoy panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The common amphitheater and fountain at grade with a pedestrian gallery allow the public to make an ADA accessible connection right through the middle of the building and two levels of the site.
The series of eight beautiful rooftops at seven levels are populated with intensive green plantings, protected with American Hydrotech’s Garden Roof and Architectural Paver/Wood Tile Ultimate Assemblies. Living Roofs Inc. installed the irrigation and plantings, along with providing maintenance.
The rooftop terraces and gardens support more than 90 distinct species, including over 7,000 perennials and grasses, 100 shrubs, and 75 large trees, many of which are native. Rainwater captured from the vegetated roofs are slowly released into two underground cisterns and can be used to irrigate the plants.
CODE consumes 1/3 the amount of energy of a comparable building, retains and recycles over 45% of its own stormwater on site, and 32% is covered by native plantings and pollinator gardens. Created to foster the growth of new local businesses while also engaging its community, CODE’s building and plaza have become part of the neighborhood with festivals and open air events drawing people in.
Designed as a place where people, energy, and ideas come together in wellness, CODE is inviting to tenants and the larger community as a beautiful connection to nature with its partial public realm and eight biodiverse, accessible green roofs.
Owner: CSH Development LLC
Location: Charlottesville, VA, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive Greenroofs
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 15,500 sq.ft. of greenroofs
Access: Accessible, Public & Private
GREGG BLEAM LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
PATRICK CULLINA HORTICULTURAL DESIGN + CONSULTING
GREENROOF SYSTEM GARDEN ROOF:
AMERICAN HYDROTECH, INC.
ROOFING INSTALLATION THROUGH GROWING MEDIUM:
INTERNATIONAL ROOFING CORP.
GARDEN ROOF INSTALLATION THROUGH IRRIGATION AND PLANTING:
LIVING ROOFS, INC.
LIVING ROOFS, INC.
BASELINE, HUNTER, NETAFIM
TREE ANCHOR SYSTEM:
ENGINEER – MEP:
ENGINEER – STRUCTURAL:
FOX & ASSOCIATES
ENGINEER – CIVIL:
DAVID TOZER LIGHTING DESIGN (DKT LIGHTING)
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