June 27, 2005
Rendering the ASLA green
roof, perspective looking south
(Image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates,
ASLA Receives Grant for Green
Chesapeake Bay Foundation will provide $20,000
and assist with outreach.
ASLA has received a grant in the amount of $20,000
for the construction of its green roof from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
(CBF), which is sponsoring green roof demonstration projects in
Washington, D.C. The purpose of the CBF grant program is to demonstrate
green roof technology, encourage its use, and illustrate the feasibility
of green roofs to reduce excess runoff and improve water quality.
The foundation issued three grants in 2004, and additional grants
will be issued this year.
Public outreach a key component
One of the main objectives of the CBF grant
program is to initiate public outreach activities and to demonstrate
the operation and performance of the green roof. This, of course,
is also one of the principal objectives of the ASLA green roof.
Now that the ASLA green roof has been selected as a qualified project,
CBF will carry out education and outreach activities pertaining
to the roof.
In its grant proposal, ASLA stressed that it will
also be providing educational opportunities through the green roof
project in two distinct areas. First, the roof will serve as a demonstration
project for “a wide audience of building design professionals,
regulators, and real estate investment and development interests,
as well as the general public.” Second, the project will help
communicate the “critical role landscape architects play as
part of an integrated approach to sustainable urban design, architecture,
stormwater management, and the greening of rooftop space for multiple
ASLA noted that these outreach efforts are already
underway, as the entire planning, design, and implementation process
of the roof is being documented and summarized for widespread distribution
through LAND Online, press releases, and the ASLA website.
Conference sessions on the green roof are planned for the ASLA Annual
Meeting and other appropriate venues, and Christian Werthmann, assistant
professor at Harvard University, is writing a book describing the
planning and design process for the roof. Princeton Architectural
Press is slated to publish Werthmann’s book. Other methods
of public outreach that have been discussed include live webcams
showing the roof and street level displays that highlight the benefits
of green roofs.
In addition to the funds from the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. (MVVA) is making
at $5,000 in kind contribution to the project.
Green roof projected construction schedule
During a conference call last week, representatives
from MVVA presented the following projected construction schedule
for the green roof project, which was drawn up in consultation with
Conservation Design Forum and Gensler. ASLA has set Earth Day, April
22, 2006, as the target date for dedicating the roof.
June 15 – July 15, 2005
The design team will make its final design revisions
and present them to the ASLA Green Rood Task Force for review. Once
the design is finalized, the team will begin pre-growing the green
July 16 – August 15, 2005
The design team will draw up construction documents
and present them to the Task Force for review.
August 16 – September 15, 2005
Bidding and negotiations on construction services
and materials will take place.
September 16 – October 15, 2005
The design team will acquire the necessary permits for construction.
October 16, 2005 – Jan 15, 2006
Construction will begin. The team will finalize all contracts and
begin architectural work on the building, including demolition,
stair enclosure construction, HVAC relocation, enclosure finishes,
compressor relocation, roof replacement, and the construction of
the north and south waves. Some green roof material will also be
installed at this time.
January 16 – March 15, 2006
Construction will be put on hold for the winter
March 16 – April 15, 2006
All remaining green roof material will be installed
on the roof and any final details will be added.
April 22, 2006 – Earth Day
ASLA will dedicate the green roof.
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