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Green roofs atop the new U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters Building provide natural insulation, minimize rainwater runoff and improve outside air quality. They also offer a sensational view for upper floor occupants and provide for a pleasant walk between the two wings of this sprawling complex.
The new U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters at Suitland Federal Center, Suitland, Md., is a state-of-the-art facility, designed and built to provide a world-class workplace for 6,000 of “America’s Fact Finders.” The complex is one of the most impressive buildings in the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) portfolio, with sweeping curves and glass cladding with vertical wooden louvers. And it is not short on green space, either. Continue Reading
Joint Commission Standard EC.8.10 requires hospitals to establish and maintain an appropriate environment. And what could be more appropriate to the needs of recovering patients, their families and friends, and hospital staff members than a healing garden? Most especially, this healing garden.
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is a 120-bed facility on the near west side of Chicago, offering physical medicine and rehabilitation. An addition to the hospital was built in 1998, and now, atop its fourth-floor roof, there is a 10,000- square-foot healing garden featuring 6,000 square feet of planting beds. Construction on the garden began in spring 2003 and was completed that fall. Continue Reading
It’s a new world when it comes to commercial architecture and construction. No longer is the
focus only on expert craftsmanship, innovative design and attention to detail. Rather, all eyes are examining the process itself, the materials used, and most of all, the impact of construction on the environment. And there has been a quite a crowd jumping on the green bandwagon. Continue Reading
Demonstration Roof The American Society of Landscape Architects decided its own roof would make an excellent demonstration model.
Challenge: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) wanted a high profile location to demonstrate how landscape architects can play a central role in green roof design and construction. The organization decided to look no further than atop its own Washington, D.C., headquarters building—a black tar surfaced roof on the 11-year-old brick building.
Criteria: ASLA felt strongly that landscape architects have quite a lot to contribute to the green roof industry and wanted to use this project to serve as a showcase for those talents and contributions. The group also wanted to create an education tool for both landscape architects and the community in general. “There’s a potential to do a lot with a green roof project in Washington... Continue Reading
Lushly planted green roofs that change color with the season are the centerpieces of two new buildings in downtown Seattle. The roofs provide not only a distinctive design feature for the buildings but also important environmental and economic benefits for the city of Seattle.
The Justice Center’s 8,500 square-foot garden roof was completed in 2002. From the very beginning, sustainability was a top design criterion, says Knut Hansen, senior associate for project architect NBBJ Design. The design features an intricate planting design guided by an image of sunlight reflected in a shallow streambed. But not only is the design visually appealing, the plants on the roof retain moisture and reduces the amount of stormwater entering the city’s storm sewer system. Continue Reading
Green roofs have become increasingly popular over the past several years due to their ability to provide a wide range of sustainability, energy and ecological benefits while often enhancing the aesthetic qualities and architectural creativity of buildings. Continue Reading
With the State of Maryland's Smart Growth initiatives, adopted in July of 2002, we (DNC Architects, Inc.) were able to demonstrate that a greeen roof, with all the associated benefits, could be added to a redevelopment project and that the payback would be immediate. Continue Reading
Seattle’s New City Hall and Justice Center Garden Roofs Represent the City's Environmental Initiatives.
Visitors to Seattle’s new City Hall and Justice Center probably don’t spend much time considering the sustainability, energy savings and ecological benefits of these new civic buildings’ high profile garden roofs. They’re too busy enjoying the views.
Architects often represent the high caliber of creativity in their work by reserving a space in their plans for art. In two recently completed Seattle projects, that space has been reserved on their roofs. Rather, the actual roofs have become works of art. Both projects incorporate a variety of colored, 12-inch-square pavers, that, while both attractive and functional on the roof level, form intricate mosaics when viewed from higher elevations. Continue Reading