An Update on ASLA Green Roof Plant Growth
June 5, 2007
Richard Hindle, with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), visited the ASLA green roof to research the condition of the roof’s plantings after a year of growth.
ASLA Green Roof Gets Second Round of Planting
September 11, 2006
Initial research shows less vigorous growth on south wave caused by high temperatures, experimental plants, and vandalism by birds, while plants under metal grating show vigorous growth.
Ohio Gratings Walks the Walk with Landscape Architects
August 21, 2006
Bar grating specialist has been specified for several high-profile landscape architecture projects, including the ASLA green roof.
Sasaki Associates: A Comprehensive View on Sustainable Design
August 7, 2006
Multidisciplinary firm brings philosophy of green design to all aspects of its practice, including its own offices, and the projects it supports, like the ASLA green roof.
American Hydrotech Has ASLA Green Roof Covered
July 10, 2006
Company’s long history with roofing and wide range of green roof installations made it the clear choice for the Society’s demonstration project.
Geoff Egbers, ASLA, Gets Behind the Green Roof
June 19, 2006
Residential landscape architect supported the green roof project because he supports ASLA and the profession.
ASLA Green Roof Opening Draws Press and Politicians
May 8, 2006
Political dignitaries and heavy press coverage mark opening of ASLA’s important demonstration project. LAND Online has exclusive audio of the week’s events.
ASLA Green Roof Web Cam Up and Running
April 24, 2006
Just in time for this week’s dedication, ASLA has installed a web cam on its green roof.
ASLA Green Roof Enters Final Phase of Construction
April 10, 2006
Representatives from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. and Forrester Construction provide construction watch tour of the ASLA green roof in conjunction with the National Building Museum.
Firms and Chapters Lead in Green Roof Contributions
February 6, 2006
Brian Clark and Associates issues challenge to Iowa landscape architects, and ASLA Kentucky President Geoff Egbers, ASLA, has inspired other firm leader to contribute to the green roof by making an early pledge to the campaign.
Emory Knoll Farms: Cutting Edge of Sustainability
January 23, 2006
Emory Knoll Farms is supplying plants and consulting services for the ASLA green roof project. Find out why this company is on the cutting edge of green roof technology, and how they walk the walk, when it comes to sustainability.
Fundraising for ASLA Green Roof off to Good Start
December 19, 2005
Several leading landscape architecture firms and the Idaho/Montana Chapter of ASLA have committed significant contributions to support the green roof ASLA is building on its headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.
Contributions from firms are deductible for federal income tax purposes (personal contributions are not) and may be pledged over three years, payable by December 31, 2008. To contribute, complete the online pledge/contribution form. Contributors receive a number of high-profile recognition benefits based on the amount of the contribution.
Product Manufacturers, Suppliers, Contractors Offer Assistance with ASLA Green Roof
December 5, 2005
A number of the top product manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in the business have generously offered donations and discounts to help close the ASLA green roof budget gap created by increased materials and labor costs due to the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
ASLA Kicks Off Green Roof Fundraising Campaign
November 21, 2005
ASLA is seeking contributions from members and landscape architecture firms to build the green roof on its downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters building. These contributions are needed to close a budget gap created by increased materials and labor costs due to the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Green Roof Moves Forward with Minor Changes
August 8, 2005
ASLA roof is set to contain six distinct green roof conditions.
At the beginning of this week's conference call between the ASLA Green Roof Task Force and the design team charged with completing the roof, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.'s Chris Counts, ASLA, project manager and associate in charge of the project, joked that the team will take away from the ASLA green roof project "a lesson in HVAC placement, more than anything." In fact, the heating and air-conditioning units on the ASLA roof-which have been shifted around the roof numerous times during the design process-resulted in yet another design change as the team heads toward drawing up construction documents for the roof.
ASLA Receives Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant
July 25, 2005
The $25,000 grant will go toward the construction of the ASLA green roof.
ASLA has received a $25,000 Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Program, a partnership between Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and the federal government. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is charged with administering the grant.
ASLA Green Roof Design Finalized
July 11, 2005
Board of Trustees gives final approval for budget.
In separate conference calls held last week, the ASLA Green Roof Task Force approved the final design for the roof, while the board of trustees gave final approval to the project's budget
ASLA Receives Grant for Green Roof Project
June 27, 2005
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.
ASLA Green Roof Design Nearly Finalized
May 31, 2005
MVVA and CDF present detailed designs and planting choices.
Representatives from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., and Conservation Design Forum, Inc., came to ASLA headquarters to present what may very well turn out to be the final design concepts for the ASLA green roof project. The major elements of the roof remain intact, but several of the elements have been tweaked to ensure that the roof provides the Society with the best and most varied demonstration green roof possible. Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, Chris Counts, ASLA, project manager and associate in charge of the project, and John Gidding, project designer, presented the overall design and technical aspects of the roof; while David Yocca, ASLA, project principal for CDF, presented on plant selection.
Click here for boards presented at the meeting.
CDF's David Yocca on the ASLA Green Roof
May 31, 2005
LAND sat down with David Yocca, ASLA, to discuss the green roof project, the design process, and the objectives of the project.
After his presentation to the ASLA Green Roof Task Force, LAND Online sat down with CDF project principal David Yocca, ASLA, to discuss his firm's involvement in the ASLA green roof. CDF, which designed and implemented the green roof for the Chicago City Hall, is consulting on the ASLA project for the lead firm Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates.
ASLA Green Roof Rounding Out
May 2, 2005
Designers discuss three preliminary elements to the roof.
In a conference call late last month with the ASLA Green Roof Task Force, Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, discussed some of the preliminary elements Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. (MVVA) and Conservation Design Forum (CDF) are considering as possibilities for the ASLA green roof. During the conference call, Van Valkenburgh described three tentative elements of the roof with the task force: two half cylinders, or "waves" of vegetation that would dominate the roof, an observation platform that would consist of a grated steel walkway placed over plantings, and a masonry structure that would house the stairwell and elevator shafts. Here are some details for each element.
Click here for boards and sketches presented during the conference call.
ASLA Green Roof Begins to Take Shape
April 18, 2005
Garden will emphasize positive ecological and environmental impacts of green roof technology.
Last week, members of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Conservation Design Forum (CDF) held a charette to discuss the ASLA green roof, formally beginning what Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA called "an equal partnership," to build a high-profile green roof in the middle of downtown Washington, D.C.
ASLA to Install Green Roof on Headquarters
April 4, 2005
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Conservation Design Forum to collaborate on design, installation, and monitoring.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is replacing the roof on its downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters building with a green roof. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., will lead the design process, collaborating with Conservation Design Forum to develop the design and specifications for the approximately 3,300-square-foot roof surface. Gensler will provide architectural services relating to the roof access.