Three more top design awards for 2013 announced by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities:
Drew School, San Francisco, CA
The ROMA Design Group of San Francisco worked with French master Patrick Blanc on the design of the vertical garden covering the street-side wall of the new theatrical arts and assembly building at the Drew School. The 1800 square foot garden is home to more than 100 species that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and more in this dense urban location. Small trees and shrubs are at the top of the wall, while smaller plants are located down near the sidewalk. It is also design as a living laboratory for educational purposes, integrated into the school curriculum.
The 1460 square foot wall engages the five-story atrium and a four-story elliptical stairway. It has a closed-loop hydroponic system and contains 1500 plants, all integrated into the air handling system of the new Papadakis Integrated Science Building. The living wall is said to have the potential to provide 75 to 80 percent of the fresh air intake of the building. Wow!
Kaufman Performing Arts Center, Kansas City, MO
Reed-Hilderbrand designed the green roof over the parking garage and arts center -- a four-plus acre park that's actually a green roof stormwater detention facility. The six and eight inch growing media stores surface water for use in the landscape, which includes switchgrass and liriope, red oaks and Colorado spruce.
The green roof is open 24 hours a day to the public and tours are conducted on a regular basis.