completed in may 2012, this lush 7,000 square foot green roof project is nestled high up amongst the towers of midtown manhattan. designed by HM White Site Architects, this semi-intensive green roof features diverse perennial plantings integrated with ipe decking as well as a 3-hole putting green. a series of beautiful, rolling topographic features create an undulating meadow landscape that stands in stark contrast to the highly urban context. its existence will not only enhance the experience of it’s users for years to come, but will also serve as a representation for progressive ecological design in the built-environment, reflecting what we can do to make our cities more livable, efficient, and sustainable.
client: Rutgers University, NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health
measuring 40 feet tall by 33 feet wide, this hydroponic, living wall is composed of 75 to 100 various flora and foliage species with 6,500 individual plants. situated near a staircase under the atrium, the living wall is a stunning testament of nature’s beauty as it creeps around the corners, and glimpses of it can be seen throughout the building.
this urbanstrong project is currently being designed for a condo in upstate new york.
the integrated solar green roof will bring all the advantages of two incredible green building technologies: solar electric panels AND vegetated green roof.
the solar panels will offset 100% of the common area electricity bills (hallways, lobby, laundry, elevators, exterior lighting), dramatically reducing monthly energy bills.
meanwhile the water-tight green roof will insulate the top floors, help to manage stormwater and avoid flooding, and provide a private, lush amenity space with sweeping river valley views, boosting property values for all units in building.
this urbanstrong planted living green wall in the lobby of a co-op on the upper east side of manhattan makes a striking first impression on visitors to the building.
how many people do you see taking selfies in front of a marble wall? a much better investment for your building, home or office entrance way is a LIVE, planted wall.
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this massive, 17,000 square foot green roof atop Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan's Union Square vicinity, is a welcome addition for tenants who live in the four Zeckendorf residential towers surrounding the site. keeping up with cutting edge development, owners decided to place a green roof on top of a new waterproofing system in the courtyard when it was time to replace the original membrane.
upon completion of this project, unit owners were able to take advantage of a significant tax abatement incentive available from the city of New York’s plaNYC to help cover the cost of installation.
soil depths range from 1”- 24” and allow for a rich planting palette that includes shrubs, herbaceous perennials, trees, and a succulent groundcover mix inoculated with mosses. along with an incredible 170 cubic yards of growing media, these plants act to mitigate storm water-related issues, reduce energy and maintenance costs by protecting the waterproofing from excessive sun exposure and increased heat retention, while beautifying and increasing property values.
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PS41 (Public School 41), is a public elementary K–5 neighborhood cachement school. founded in 1867, P.S. 41 is located in greenwich village in manhattan.
the Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL) at PS 41 establishes a living lab to boost environmental literacy and enable students to learn about their stewardship role in the health of the planet. Students also use GELL for hands on lessons in chemistry, biology, mathematics, nutrition and aesthetics. the vegetated rooftop provides habitat for birds, bats, butterflies and other insects, reduces the city’s carbon footprint and mitigates storm water runoff.
designed and built atop a residential townhome in Brooklyn, this 350 square foot intensive green roof acts as a primary outdoor amenity space for a family of four. a rich plant community that includes shrubs and grasses, flowering perennials, sedums, and low growing groundcovers is combined with tumbled bluestone walkways, decking, and planters to create a garden used for outdoor recreation, entertainment, and growing vegetables.
the owners also use the roof to reduce their environmental footprint and their electric bill with incorporated solar panels, which produce approximately 50% of the home’s energy needs. the green roof helps the photovoltaic elements produce more reliable power during high summer temperatures by keeping the roof cool.