Press & Media Coverage

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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 www.hydrotechusa.com/GRPG 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 guide@hydrotechusa.com 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

September 5, 2014

American Hydrotech Installed at Levi’s® Stadium

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (September 5, 2014) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, is pleased to announce that Garden Roof® Assembly and Ultimate Assembly technology are installed in Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. These green spaces are part of a larger renovation for the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, which achieved new sustainable benefits and aesthetic appeal for fans and arena patrons.

More than 350,000 sf of American Hydrotech’s waterproofing membrane was used to install a green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. Hanover Architectural pavers offer added flexibility to the design of the 27,000 sf of Garden Roof Assembly and 20,000 sf of Ultimate Assembly full of growing local media. American Hydrotech materials can also be found on more than 60,000 sf... Continue Reading

July 2, 2014

American Hydrotech Launches iPad App for Planning Vegetative Roofs

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 2, 2014) American Hydrotech Inc. has released a free, interactive digital version of the company’s popular Garden Roof® Planning Guide. The app was unveiled last week at the AIA Expo in Chicago.

Visit www.Hydrotechusa.com/GRPG to download the Garden Roof® Planning Guide app or search for ‘American Hydrotech’ in the iOS App Store. Any iPad 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. “Our new app comprises 18 years of vegetative roof... Continue Reading

December 18, 2013

American Hydrotech Releases the Third Edition of the Garden Roof® Planning Guide

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (December 18, 2013) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today released the third edition of the company’s Garden Roof® Planning Guide. This new, complimentary resource empowers both new and veteran architects, landscape architects, building owners, contractors and installers to learn more about vegetated roofs and the various assemblies that arecurrently available and being used on today’s structures around the world.

The Planning Guide addresses vegetative assemblies in an easy-to-ready format across categories such as: technology and materials, proper planning and design, installation and maintenance. It provides readers with an in-depth look at today’s environmental challenges and urban landscape, as well as an overview of green roof components and best practices... Continue Reading

September 24, 2013

American Hydrotech Hires Nigel Chiddick as Western District Sales Manager

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (September 24, 2013) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the addition of Nigel M. Chiddick as Western District Sales Manager. Chiddick will be based in Los Angeles, CA, and responsible for new and existing American Hydrotech customers throughout the states of Washington, California and Oregon.

Chiddick brings more than 10 years of commercial roofing experience to American Hydrotech, including working in various roles for Snyder Roofing since 2001.

“With the addition of Nigel in our Western District, American Hydrotech continues to demonstrate its commitment to outstanding customer service and quality, highly effective installations on new and existing projects,” said Charles Cronenweth, Western Region Manager, American Hydrotech. “Nigel’s... Continue Reading

September 4, 2013

Living Architecture: Five Growing Trends

American Hydrotech was recently featured in Green Building and Design’s September/October 2013 issue in the article "Living Architecture: Five Growing Trends" . The article digs into the reasoning behind the sudden growth of green roofs being installed by interviewing experts in the field whom give “five reasons why green infrastructure is looking at a strong and vibrant future”.

American Hydrotech comes in at number four with Prioritizing Maintenance. Dennis Yanez, national marketing manager for American Hydrotech, and Nate Griswold, senior garden roof technical sales coordinator, both express the importance of choosing the right plants for the right environment. The environment can be harsh on a high-rise roof so hardy plants that can handle the rough winds and extreme sun would do well in that type of environment. Griswold and Yanez also talk about the importance... Continue Reading

July 29, 2013

American Hydrotech Hires Rob Erklin and Rick Kile as Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinators

Rob Erklin

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 24, 2013) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the addition of two new Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinators to the company’s Garden Roof Department – Robert Erklin for the Eastern Region and Rick Kile for the Western Region.

"We are proud to have these two industry veterans join the American Hydrotech Garden Roof Department team,” said Richard Hayden, Garden Roof Department Manager at American Hydrotech, Inc. “Their vast experience and technical backgrounds will not only enhance our offering, but also deepen our commitment to delivering the latest innovative concepts and outstanding customer service to our customers, from project concept to completion.

With more than 20 years of experience, Rob Erklin served in various sales and... Continue Reading

March 19, 2013 Published by: SHADE

Green Goes Skyward

"Green roofs are one of the fastest-growing segments in the roofing industry," says Trey Whitley, southeast district sales manager for American Hydrotech, a waterproofing and roofing company.

Green roofs can be divided into two categories: extensive and intensive.

An extensive green roof requires little maintenance and is primarily built for environmental benefits. They require only two to five inches of soil and are more suitable for retrofitting onto existing roofs.

Intensive roofs are suitable for human habitat and are widely used on commercial buildings. Requiring a soil depth of at least six to 12 inches, they incorporate all types of plants. These roofs require a great deal of maintenance, especially up front.

"In the Southeast, if you get behind in getting these roofs established, you'll always be chasing them," says Whitley. "For that reason,... Continue Reading

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