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Since 1936, the National Wildlife Federation or NWF has worked across the US to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice as America’s oldest and largest conservation organization. Built in 2000, the 95,000 square foot LEED certified NWF Headquarters in Reston, Virginia overlooks a wildlife sanctuary. Architect HOK took a common sense and common ground approach to conservation, minimizing habitat loss, and securing places for wildlife. The design team’s integrated LID strategy included a green façade with native plants for habitat restoration; bio-retention ponds for site water management; and vegetation for air quality improvement. The landscape is a tapestry of native plant materials that extend to the vertical plane through a freestanding 40’ high greenscreen® green façade. Integrated with the south glazed elevation, the green façade provides passive solar control. Energy modeling shows the deciduous sunscreen is more effective at improving energy performance than more expensive design options relying on fixed architectural sunscreens. A drip irrigation system uses water from the site’s retention ponds, and the green façade has a Biodiversity Zone behind and below its structure.

Native vines on the green façade offer great wildlife value and include Trumpet Honeysuckle, Trumpet Creeper, and Crossvine to name a few. Over the years the network of twining stems populating the screen has created a habitat for birds, insects and even raccoons and snakes, allowing intimate views of life in the trellis from inside. This added benefit is a constant delight to office workers and school groups that tour the building. The NWF’s commitment to natural infrastructure protects wildlife and enhances living architecture ecosystem services for flora, fauna, and people. The wide windows of its Headquarters allow daily glimpses of wildlife from within the office only 40 inches away, creating a “Biophilia @ Work” atmosphere for NWF employees.

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Greenroofs.com Featured Project 11/26/18 photo credits: greenscreen®; National Wildlife Federation; David Bockman, Green Eye Design, Google Maps; and Erica Flock, Earthshare.
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Al Shaheed Park is Kuwait’s historical, environmental and cultural platform with cutting-edge architecture and artwork. Providing the public with high quality programs, events and spaces, part of its mission is to spread awareness and to educate the public on the importance of the country’s land, history and environment. The park was developed by Al Diwan Al Amiri (a civic organization) to revamp and reclaim a portion of the former Green Belt, a series of gardens built from 1961-64 between the old city of Kuwait and its expansion. The nearly 20 hectare park was constructed in four successive stages, from 2013-2017. Al Shaheed Park is also one of the largest overstructure greenroofs in the world at about 75,000 square meters, utilizing ZinCo systems. In addition, several greenroofed buildings sit atop the park including on museums, the Visitor Center, and restaurants. Several living walls are located within the park, too, including at the main entrance Celebration Gate.

Designed by Sara Machado + Ricardo Camacho and The Associated Engineering Partnership (with numerous consultants), the expansive site is beautifully landscaped and holds monuments, botanical gardens, two museums, a congress center, the Visitor Center with cafes and restaurants, the Amphitheater, the Bird Aviary, the Green Belt Lake (used for park irrigation), a jogging and biking lane as well as a mosque. The park has two main monuments: The Martyr Monument is a seven meter high glass sculpture, and the Constitution Monument was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kuwait’s constitution. Thekra is a memorial museum that narrates the history and battles of Kuwait, including the Gulf War. The Habitat is an environmental museum that explores Kuwait’s habitats and aims to promote awareness and educate the public on the different ecosystems and the effects of pollution in the land. The Second-floor Underground Parking offers 900 spots and beautiful oasis fountains, and a unique element is the presence of underground gardens. The beautiful, sensitive, and multifaceted Al Shaheed Park is a public garden oasis in a desert city honoring its past and promoting sustainable cultural and environmental design.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 11/12/18 photo credits: Al Shaheed Park, Al Shaheed Park Museums, Al Hani Construction & Trading Company, courtesy of IGRA, Roland Appl, Watercube, Screenshot of Al Shaheed Park – Kuwait video (https://youtu.be/d5doYRHD5Fo), Linda S. Velazquez, and Aramis M. Velazquez.
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