Press & Media Coverage

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February 1, 2018 Published by: Roofing - January/February 2018

The Chicago Blackhawks Go Green

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 1, 2018) The Chicago Blackhawks have captured the hearts of the city of Chicago along with three Stanley Cups in the last decade. The Blackhawks routinely lead the league in attendance at the United Center, and fans were excited when the team announced it would build a new 125,000-square-foot training facility and community center in downtown Chicago.

Completed earlier this year, the MB Arena features two NHL-sized ice rinks and other amenities including a fitness center, dining options, and spaces that can be rented for outings and events. The facility is the practice site for the Blackhawks and also hosts youth hockey, adult hockey leagues and public skating.

When plans for the project were unveiled, architects and planners mandated the facility meet or exceed all green and sustainable standards for the city. Chicago has been a leader in... Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Hydrotech Expands Garden Roof® Assemblies with the InstaGreen® GT-4 Tray

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (October 11, 2017) American Hydrotech – a market leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products and assemblies, today announced the introduction of the InstaGreen® GT-4 pre-vegetated tray, an expansion of the InstaGreen® product line within the Garden Roof® portfolio of assemblies.

The GT-4 tray is one option for a stormwater management plan by providing valuable green space as a BMP on roofs to handle the first rains. It consolidates all growing media, drainage and vegetation in one convenient package for easy transport and installation by roofing professionals and landscape contractors. The tray is composed of 100% fully recycled content and features other key benefits such as:

• 12” x 24” high performance format can hold up to 4” of media for optimum plant growth

• Unique reservoir base design for... Continue Reading

September 14, 2017 Published by: Stormwater Awareness

Webinar: Managing Storm Water at the Initial Point of Impact - The Roof

On October 10, 2017 at 2PM CDT, Hydrotech will be discussing the number of ways that storm water can be managed on the roof top, including vegetated roof and blue roofs. These high capacity assemblies can be efficient means of managing storm water, particularly in the urban environment. Continue Reading

September 1, 2017 Published by: NOLAWATER

Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative

On September 19, 2017, Hydrotech will be presenting Beauty Meets Performance: Vegetated Roofs as a Stormwater BMP. The intent of the lunch series is to help water professionals better understand the design, construction, and maintenance of green infrastructure. The series will act as an outlet for discovering quality stormwater management products and techniques. Continue Reading

April 3, 2017 Published by: Living Architecture Monitor

Update on Wind Standards

Wind data is a critical issue to consider when building a new structure. An increase in the number of green roofs on buildings has driven a need for new wind design standards to be written for vegetative roofing assemblies. Richard Hayden discusses what is being done to update the protocol that is in place to incorporate built-up (loose laid) vegetated roofing assemblies. Continue Reading

October 20, 2016 Published by: High Performance Building Forum

Vegetated Roofs and Stormwater Management

(November 15, 2016) Richard Hayden, Hydrotech's Garden Roof Department Manager, will be speaking at the 2016 LED Specifier Summit and High Performance Building Forum.

The design community continues to struggles with how to handle ever-increasing stormwater requirements from various local and federal agencies. This session will give designers and their design team colleagues the latest information they need on how to incorporate vegetated roofs into a BMP/stormwater plan. Continue Reading

September 27, 2016 Published by: Architectural Products

Going Green

(September 28, 2016) Washington State has always been considered a pioneer when it comes to the adoption of greener and more sustainable practices. One of the most sustainable practices is to reuse an already constructed building and enhance that building from within to bring it up to today’s green standards. In 2002, the city of Bellevue, Wash., sought to consolidate all functions under one roof; however, doing so would require additional space as it had outgrown its existing City Hall structure. The city decided to save $50 million on new construction costs and purchase an existing 227,000-sq.-ft. office building at 450 110th Ave., formerly occupied by Qwest. In 2004, architectural firm SRG Partnership began modifying the concrete structure, including seismic upgrades; also added were a new facade, a heating plant and enhanced power distribution. Teams installed a gravel ballast-... Continue Reading

July 16, 2016 Published by: Forester Daily News

Stormwater Systems Benefit from Green Roofs

(July 16, 2016) Excerpt from an article in Forester Daily News

Green roofs – also known as vegetated or garden roofs – are key green infrastructure elements and are being increasingly recognized for their “valuable ability to absorb, reduce, and delay stormwater from reaching sewers or other grey infrastructure systems,” says Richard Hayden, garden roof product manager with Chicago-based American Hydrotech.

Green roofs work by storing rainwater in several areas of a layered assembly: in open pore spaces of the growing media and within the drainage and water retention system that underlies the growing media and plantings.

The rainwater is retained until the assembly is completely saturated, and excess water is slowly released from the roof into the site’s stormwater system. Stormwater runoff volume also is reduced because of evapotranspiration, which cools the... Continue Reading

July 1, 2016 Published by: Waterproof! Magazine

City Creek Center Rooftop Water Features Complicate Build

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 1, 2016) City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the largest mixed-use urban developments built in the last 10 years. It's also one of the most innovative. Completed in 2012, the 23-acre project includes dozens of world-class stores, hundreds of apartments in high-rise residential towers, and an underground parking structure with room for more than 5,000 vehicles. Obviously, waterproofing a project of this magnitude was a major undertaking.

The story of City Creek begins in the early 2000s, when the Mormon church bought the aging malls across the street from the faith's world headquarters with plans to rejuvenate downtown. Leaders wanted something both world class and enduring. Water serves as a central feature. Reflecting pools, fountains, and a stream all sit atop a massive "green roof." Consultants recommended an integrated... Continue Reading

September 24, 2015 Published by: Stormwater Magazine

Green Roofs: A Primer

(August 5, 2016) Excerpt from an article in Stormwater Magazine .

With their myriad benefits, green roofs are becoming increasingly incorporated into new and existing projects. The International Green Roofs and Walls Project Database lists 1,599 projects totaling 33,334,677 square feet, and the number is growing. Green roofs—also known as vegetated or garden roofs—are key green infrastructure elements and are being increasingly recognized for their “valuable ability to absorb, reduce, and delay stormwater from reaching sewers or other grey infrastructure systems,” says Richard Hayden, garden roof product manager with Chicago-based American Hydrotech.

Green roofs work by storing rainwater in several areas of a layered assembly: in open pore spaces of the growing media and within the drainage and water retention system that underlies the growing media and plantings.... Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Garden Roof® Planning Guide App Now Available on All Major Platforms

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 27, 2015) American Hydrotech’s free, interactive Garden Roof® Planning Guide app is now available on all major mobile platforms. Visit to download the Garden Roof® Planning Guide app from either the Apple Store, the Google Play Store, or the Windows Store.

Any mobile device user can immediately download the app for a comprehensive guide to vegetative roofs, from concept to completion. Users can also learn about the American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly and its benefits, including economic incentives and environmental factors like stormwater management.

The app features pinch-to-zoom product photography, video animations, photo galleries showing Garden Roof® Assemblies in real-world applications, and design considerations. In addition to the new app, readers can send an email to or visit the... Continue Reading

October 3, 2014

Hydrotech Vegetated Roof on New Chicago Bulls Practice Facility

Advocate Center - Chicago Bulls Training Facility

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (October 3, 2014) Professional sports teams across the nation are continuing to establish arena districts for convenience of athletes and fans, complete with restaurants and bars to provide a destination for an enhanced entertainment experience. In September 2014, the Chicago Bulls constructed the Advocate Center – a $25 million 16,000 SF practice facility and front-office headquarters on Madison Avenue across the street from the United Center, the team’s home court since 1994.

The Advocate Center, considered a “basketball palace” by some league officials, features state of the art weight training and other amenities for athletes while delivering eye-catching architecture and further development of the city’s gentrifying West Loop Corridor. The west side of the facility has a "saw-toothed façade" while the north side features glass walls to allow Bulls fans... Continue Reading

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