Press & Media Coverage

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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

March 14, 2013

American Hydrotech Hires Bruce H. Duncan as International Sales Manager

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (March 14, 2013) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the addition of Bruce H. Duncan as International Sales Manager. His responsibilities will include the promotion of Hydrotech's products and assemblies at the architectural level and provide support to Hydrotech's sales representatives and authorized applicators for all markets excluding the United States.

Duncan brings more than 30 years of construction experience, holding a variety of sales, sales management and marketing positions with Dow Chemical. "The industry relationships and deep knowledge of Hydrotech's products and assemblies Bruce has will be instrumental in bolstering our sales efforts on an international level," said David Spalding, President of American Hydrotech, Inc.

Duncan... Continue Reading

March 1, 2013

Native Growth And The Built Environment Blend Perfectly

Floating homes on Lake Union are all the craze. These homes, situated on rafts semi-permanently moored to a dock, are unique and provide luxury. When contracted to add a green roof to a new floating home, WALP member firm Pacific Earth Works was awarded the bid to work on the project that proved to be a challenging task. But the rewards were spectacular for the Monroe-based company.

Along the way, they earned a well-deserved Grand Award in the Residential Construction Category in WALP’s 2013 Environmental Landscape Awards Program.

The project called for a unique wrap-around, extensive, built-up green roof surrounding the outdoor patio area of the new floating home on Lake Union. The project was designed by the home owner and GC Design. Pacific Earth Works installed the American Hydrotech green roof system which featured sedum tiles atop a build-up system including a... Continue Reading

December 26, 2012

American Hydrotech Celebrates Monolithic Membrane 6125®’s 50 Years of Proven Performance

50 Year Logo

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 14, 2012) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced 2013 marks the 50 th anniversary of the company’s flagship product – Monolithic Membrane 6125 ® - a unique waterproofing membrane offering proven performance on roofs, vegetated roofs, plazas, vertical foundations, reflecting pools and other structures. Since American Hydrotech’s founding in 1977, this product has been at the core of the company’s roofing assembly innovations, and trusted by architects and designers in projects spanning across more than two billion square feet of roofing and waterproofing in more than 36 countries.

“I have specified [Monolithic Membrane 6125] for over 32 years on many projects all over the world and once installed, the clients have never had a single issue with... Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Newly-Opened Barclays Center Plaza at Atlantic Yards Features Innovative Garden Roof® Assembly by American Hydrotech

Barclay's Center November 2012

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (December 19, 2012) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today revealed the company is behind the innovative and visually-appealing green space outside Barclays Center Plaza at Atlantic Yards, the newly-opened landmark sports and entertainment arena in Brooklyn, NY.

Originally designed by SHoP Architects and the sport facility practice at Ellerbe Becket, the arena was constructed above the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center subway station. American Hydrotech technology successfully helped bring the architects’ plans to life, transforming the subway transit entrance into an green space for residents and patrons of the center to enjoy. The project features custom InstaGreen® Sedum Tile vegetation installed over Hydrotech’s... Continue Reading

July 18, 2012 Published by: The Applicator - Volume 25, Number 2

Greening the Way

Garden roofs, also known as green (or eco) roofs, are an exciting trend in the A/E industry, showing up on projects around the country, including the Seattle Civic Center, Latter-day Saints Conference Center (Salt Lake City), and The Gap Headquarters (San Bruno, Calif.).

Though some may view it as an emerging trend, green roofs have a long and established history. Our Babylonian ancestors installed elaborate vegetated roofs in the terraced structures of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built around 500 B.C., which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Early 20th century installations include New York City’s Rockefeller Center (1930s), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum (1950s) and Madison Square Garden (1920s).

Like so many technologies, green roof engineering has vastly improved over time, allowing the industry to migrate to more modern garden... Continue Reading

February 1, 2012

Green Roofs – Evolving From Amenity to Performance in Green Infrastructure

It’s an exciting time to be in the Green Roof industry. Education and interest have grown exponentially in recent years, and usage of green roof technology is constantly expanding on a global scale. Efforts to promote green infrastructure as a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional “grey” infrastructure continue to create new opportunities for Landscape Architects to incorporate green roofs into their projects. “Green” elements have long been used on roofs, though in the early days very sparingly, and very cautiously. Designers and engineers employing the technology had no official standards or information to work with. Soil weight, root ball weight, and plant selection decisions were based on trial and error, as well as preliminary information and suggestions from engineers, horticulturists, and nurseries. Important design considerations were to avoid roof overloading,... Continue Reading
November 7, 2011

American Hydrotech Promotes Kevin Serena to Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinator

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 7, 2011) - American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the promotion of Kevin Serena to Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinator. In this new role, Serena will be responsible for the ongoing development of the quality control verification process for Hydrotech’s Garden Roof components, in addition to serving as main point of support for Hydrotech staff, sales force and Green Roof Professionals in all regions across the U.S..

“American Hydrotech has great confidence in Kevin’s abilities as he continues to be a highly-respected, professional asset to our company, vendors and customers,” said Richard Hayden, Garden Roof Department Manager of American Hydrotech, Inc. “His new role will allow Hydrotech to continue improving our level of quality control... Continue Reading

February 16, 2011

American Hydrotech Hires Richard C. Hayden as Garden Roof Department Manager

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 16, 2011) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the addition of Richard C. Hayden as Garden Roof Department Manager. In this role, Hayden will be responsible for overall management of the Garden Roof department, including ongoing promotion of Hydrotech’s Garden Roof® Assembly in and effort to educate and engage architects, owners, developers and installers in the design, installation and overall benefits of green roofs.

Hayden brings more than 30 years of landscape architecture experience to Hydrotech, an expert in all aspects of design and management of streetscapes, parks, plazas, infrastructure and site development projects for schools, fire stations and other municipal facilities. His experience has included a number of green roofs in the... Continue Reading

February 1, 2011 Published by: Anna Suardini – Sustainable Facility Magazine, February 2011

Room to Grow: Rooftop Vegetable Gardens Provide New Opportunities in Urban Environments

Room to Grow: Rooftop Vegetable Gardens Provide New Opportunities in Urban Environments

A grown produce increases, urban communities are becoming more and more creative in finding ways to meet that demand. Urban agriculture can be as simple as windowsill herb gardens or as vast and vibrant as large community gardens that encompass entire city blocks. The acres of unused building rooftops in these areas present the perfect environment to contribute substantially to the volume of locally grown produce in urban communities.

GARY COMER YOUTH CENTER, CHICAGO Not only do urban rooftops provide the space, sunlight and fresh air plants need to thrive, but in especially challenged neighborhoods they also provide a safe space for community members to interact with nature. At the Gary Comer Youth Center on Chicago's south side, students cultivate and maintain an 8,600-square-foot rooftop vegetable garden. The garden is part of a comprehensive "seed-to-table" program where... Continue Reading

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2019) The Ace Hotel is located in Chicago’s Fulton Market Historic District. It features 159 guestrooms and amenities including rooftop event spaces with stunning views of the city. The complex features several...
  • October 18, 2018
    American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the vegetative roofing market, today announced the availability of the Fourth Edition of the company’s widely acclaimed Garden Roof® Planning Guide. For the last five years, updated print, online and app...
  • August 28, 2018
    Over the last two decades, the roofing industry has undergone some major changes, one of which is a growing recognition of the value of roof space other than keeping occupants warm and dry. Two veteran roofing professionals share their thoughts on...

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