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A BIOPHILIC OASIS CATEGORY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL WITH A SPORTS FIELD AND CAF… PATIOS, THESE GREEN ROOFS ON A VANCOUVER-BASED LEED® GOLDCERTIFIED BUILDING PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR A SERIES OF ACTIVE AND ATTRACTIVE SPACES SPECS PROJECT: Broadway Tech Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia AWARD RECIPIENT: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. ARCHITECT: Bunting Coady Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: CWMM Consulting Engineers Ltd. PROJECT MANAGER: Tidball Projects ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Nemetz (S/A) & Associates MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Cobalt Engineering BUILDING ENVELOPE CONSULTANT: Trow Associates Inc. Images courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. B roadway Tech Centre is a high-tech office park built on a former brownfield site on a hillside in Vancouver, British Columbia featuring a variety of high amenity spaces built mostly on roof deck. Buildings No. 1, 5 and 7 are registered for Gold LEED® status with the Canada Green Building Council. The site is the former Eaton’s Department Store warehouse and distribution centre. Most of the warehouse is retained for production, distribution and underground parking spaces with offices and multiple rooftop gardens – covering a total of 270,000-squarefeet with depths varying between 12 and 36 inches – built above. Virtual Way, a dedicated city street on top of underground parking features interlocking concrete pavers atop a high, compressive-strength drainage layer. Intensive green rooftops include an athletic sports field, café patios, entrance plazas, and sport courts. The thematic use of waterfeatures creates places for both active and pas- “The use of water in this area creates a comfortable feel to outdoor seating areas and visually reflects the surrounding architecture and large canopy trees. These elements combined with cascading waterfalls at the main entry to conceptually represent the streams and falls found in B.C.” Randy Sharp, GRP, principal, Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia sive recreation. Lawn, shrubs and landscape berms supports trees on slab surrounding an all-weather synthetic turf field. Large canopy trees shade portions of the hardscape providing green corridors throughout the site. Water features with spray-heads and bubblers on boulders create visual delight and white sound to dampen traffic noise. Water channels link from the street through quiet gardens between the buildings built over the underground parking structure. The on-grade and rooftop gardens appear to integrate seamlessly. The judges were impressed not merely by the scale of the project but by the complexity of environment. The project contains a diverse collection of attractive and active spaces and the corridor-based design ensures that these spaces will be used by employees working the surrounding buildings as well as inviting local foot traffic. Added to this, is the extensive integration of water into the environment, to create unity within the space, and a sense of separation from the noise and rush of the city. This project is a true example of the intensive green roofs potential to create an accessible, biophilic oasis in the heart of a busy urban environment. D

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2009

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2009
The Case for Mandated Green Roofs
Student Sustainable Design Competition
GIF Road Show
U.S. Green Roof Industry Grew By 35 Percent in 2008
Part 1 of 2: Risk-Reduction Tools
On the Roof With . . .
The World's First Accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs)
A Haven for Butterflies
A Green Roof at Sea
A Biophilic Oasis
A Green Roof for Every Angle
Community Focal Point
Nature in the City
Growing Lives
A Green Roof with Wings
A Policy Pioneer
A Dedicated Researcher
Designing a Better Future
Fire & Wind Standards
GHRC Professional Development Calendar
Welcome New Corporate Members
Green Wall Research
Standing the Test of Time

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2009