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2013 GRHC Award Winners Announced

GRHC has announced the 2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence. Pictured above is the Sam Cuddeback Assembly Wing at Drew School in San Francisco, Calif., who won the Exterior Green Wall Award.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has announced the 2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence. Winners will be honored during the 11th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference, which will be held October 23rd - 26th in San Francisco, Calif.

"GRHC is very pleased to celebrate this year's Awards of Excellence winners for their outstanding contributions to the world of living architecture," said Steven Peck, President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. "Everyone involved with these projects should be proud of this recognition, as over 35 of North America's most innovative new examples of living architecture were submitted, making for very tough competition."

Awards recognize outstanding projects in seven different design categories, as well as accomplishments in research, policy development, and corporate support.

The Awards ceremony will take place on Friday October 25th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis during the Awards of Excellence Luncheon.

Although multiple landscape professionals in different fields contributed to the projects, only the award winners are named below. For a complete list of projects details please visit

2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence Winners:

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects & NEDLAW Living Walls won the Interior Green Wall Award for the 1,460 square foot green wall at Papadakis Integrated Science Building, Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. This living wall, the largest on a US university campus, invites a more full engagement with the university experience while cleaning the building's air and reducing energy consumption.

  • SYMBIOS Ecotecture, a green roof designer, installer and maintenance provider won the Small-Scale Residential Award for a 565 square foot green roof at the Skyhigh Residence in Fairfax, Calif. Built on a steep hillside that gives the inhabitants gorgeous views of the surrounding wildlands and nearby mountains, the Skyhigh Residence green roof offers a direct connection to the area's ecosystem.

  • SYMBIOS Ecotecture, a green roof designer, installer and maintenance provider also won the Extensive Industrial/Commercial Award for the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, Calif., a 12,790 square foot green roof. Situated along the Petaluma River, this green roof helps the water recycling facility it sits on provide clean water for the community, while also demonstrating the sustainable aspects of building integrated vegetation.

  • Landscape Architect firm, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC won the Extensive Institutional Award for the Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., a 193,000 square foot green roof. The green roof atop one of the most architecturally advanced arts centers in the US beautifully complements the building, and is the largest stormwater detention facility in the State of Missouri.

  • Recover Green Roofs, LLC, a design, build, maintain firm won the Special Recognition Award for a 1,300 square foot green roof at the Olive Street residence in Winchester, Mass. Bringing green roofs to a suburban residential location where they frequently are not seen, the judges chose to recognize this project for the example it sets for lower density development across North America.

  • Project Architect and Landscape Architect: ROMA Design Group won the Exterior Green Wall Award for the Drew School, Sam Cuddeback Assembly Wing, in San Francisco, Calif., a 1,750 square foot vertical garden. Besides being an extraordinary educational resource for the high school, this living wall brings a vibrant lushness to the public environment of the city.

  • Landscape Architect: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. won the Intensive Institutional Award for the Vancouver Island University, Cowichan Campus in Duncan, BC, for a 50,000 square foot green roof. The green roofs at VIU successfully connect the university to both the ecosystem of the Cowichan Valley and the values and culture of local Cowichan Tribes.

  • MKM Landscape Architecture won the Intensive Residential Award for the Visionaire Green Roof, a 2,075 square foot project in New York, N.Y. The roof terrace at The Visionaire maximizes the productive capabilities of this certified LEED Platinum building, combining urban agriculture, stormwater retention, and impressive plant variety.

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