High Museum of Art's Frances Bunzl Center Topped Off with Green Roof
The High recently completed the installation of a GreenGrid® Green Roof System atop the Frances Bunzl Center, which serves as the administrative center for the Museum. The installation by Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON®) is the largest modular system installed to date in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 6,680-square-foot vegetated green roof will help clean and reduce storm-water runoff, reduce the urban-heat-island effect, reduce energy consumption, extend the roof life and improve air quality. This particular green roof also has the ability to retain about 62,000 gallons of storm water per year.
For the High's modular system, vegetation and engineered growth media were pre-planted in lightweight modules made of 100 percent post-industrial recycled plastic. Low-growing vegetation and hearty, drought-resistant plants such as Sedum 'Murale,' Sedum' Weihenstephaner Gold,' Sedum 'Sexangular' and Sedum 'John Creech' were then installed in four inches of soil. The modules were then placed on the administrative center's roof. The plant leaves will turn colors in the cold months of winter, and all will bloom in the spring.
The project at the High Museum of Art/Woodruff Arts Center was conceived by Woodruff Board of Trustees member David Harris and was made possible through funding by the Kendeda Foundation and matching funding provided by a Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources awarded to the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants are awarded to projects that prevent, control and/or abate non-point source pollution. For more information, visit www.gaepd.org.
"We look forward to working with the community to make a difference in Atlanta one green step at a time and extend the benefits of GreenGrid® to our many sustainability partners in the Southeast," stated Patrick G. McCann, WESTON President and CEO. "We are working with clients across the country to develop sustainability goals that many times include green roof technology. Not only does the system save money, but it positively affects the environment, adds value to the property and is a key component in green building design." In late 2007 WESTON reached the 1 million square-foot mark of GreenGrid® installations nationwide, including a 2.3-acre installation at a shopping center in Pennsylvania.
GreenGrid® Green Roof System
GreenGrid® Green Roof System is a proprietary technology of ABC Supply Co., Inc. licensed exclusively to Weston Solutions, Inc.—an employee-owned company that delivers integrated, sustainable solutions for environmental restoration, property redevelopment, design/build construction, green buildings and clean energy. WESTON is dedicated to making a difference in the world, with 1,800 employees in 60 offices around the globe building strong stakeholder relationships and solutions that work. For more information about GreenGrid®, visit www.greengridroofs.com. For more information about WESTON, visit www.westonsolutions.com.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High's Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum's size, creating a vibrant "village for the arts" at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is the largest arts center in the Southeast as well as one of the four largest in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines five visual and performing-arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.
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