Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010 - (Page 24)

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE SPECS CATEGORY: Intensive Industrial Commercial PROJECT: 250 Hudson Street, New York, New York; two semi-intensive green roofs totaling 3,500-square-feet AWARD RECIPIENT: FXFOWLE Architects, New York, New York CLIENT: Jack Resnick and Sons, Inc. DESIGN TEAM: Images courtesy of Coe Will, FXFOWLE Architects Landscape Installer/Designer & Maintenance Plant Fantasies Structural Engineering Gilsanz Murray Steficek Architect of Record A-Squared Architects Construction Manager Plaza Construction Corp. “ 24 BECAUSE TENANTS WERE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS GREEN ROOF, IT WAS NECESSARY TO SATISFY BUILDINGCODE EGRESS AND ADA REQUIREMENTS. THUS THE AMOUNT OF ACCESSIBLE/ USABLE SPACE WAS DICTATED BY THE AVAILABLE MEANS AND METHODS OF EXITING. Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED, Founding Principal, FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR PRAIRIE IN THE CITY PART OF A $30 MILLION RETROFIT, GREEN ROOF DESIGNERS USED PLANTS AND FLOWERS OF DIFFERENT TEXTURES TO CREATE A RELAXING ROOFTOP SPACE FOR TENANTS rowning a former industrial printing building in New York City's Hudson Square district, the 8,000-square foot rooftop green amenity space for the building's tenants and includes two semi-intensive plantings totaling 3,500 square feet. From lunch breaks to private events, visitors to the green roofs enjoy sweeping views of the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan from a properly scaled, prairie-like setting with varying plants and flowers able to withstand the windy conditions atop this 15-story building. The green roof also attracts birds and insects, providing a microclimate for various species amidst the urban ecological context. To accommodate structural loads for this accessible roof, new 8" concrete slab was added above the existing concrete roof slab. This addition enhanced the insulative qualities of the existing roof, thus reducing energy costs and, along with the actual green roofs, contributed to a very dense acoustic buffer for building occupants below. Plantings provide a variety of color throughout the seasons, beginning with pink Armeria in the spring, yellow Roses during the summer, and lavender Asters in the fall. Several species of plants were also chosen for their aesthetic properties and functionality within the space including white Crabapple trees. Flowers and shrubs were also chosen in part for their drought and wind resistance, as well as their natural propensity to New York's climate. Judges commented on the extraordinary “surrounding aesthetics and context” of this prairie-like green roof, “made all the more remarkable because it is a retrofit.” C FALL 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010
From the Founder - Urban Agriculture
Strata - T.O.’s New Green Roof Construction Standard
On the Roof With…Richard Conlin
Project - Farming for the City
Beekeeping - Diary of an Urban Apiarist
Exemplary Design - GRHC’s 2010 Awards of Excellence Winners
A Green Roof That Moves
Steeped in Ecological Design
Creating Community
A Model of Municipal Leadership
A Green Roof That Works
Like a Grassland Stream
Prairie in the City
Recycling Rainwater
Research - Increasing Urban Food Security With Extensive Green Roofs
Economic Valuation of a Rooftop Food Garden
Grhc Update - Macro-Scale Food Production
New Corporate Members
New GRPs
On Spec - Urban Agriculture — Hero or Hype?

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010