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LiveWall Vertical Garden Helps Grand Rapids Downtown Market Earn Prestigious International Award

June 4, 2015
June 4, 2015

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has received the Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record.  Each year a jury of editors selects designs from around the world.  These editors are searching for designs that best achieve the strategic objectives of rebranding, boosting productivity, and attracting customers.  They look closely at metrics such as sustainability/energy efficiency, work environment, and employee performance and productivity.  The LiveWall vertical gardens featured at The Downtown market helps maximize each of these areas.  The vertical garden is constructed of recycled components and sourced locally which helped contribute to the sustainability of the facility.  The living wall also creates a healthier work environment that boosts employee performance and productivity.  To learn more about the Downtown Market’s Good Design is Good Business award visit the Architectural Record website.

LiveWall Now Offers a Continuing Education Course for Specifiers

March 23, 2015
March 23, 2015

Planted living wall technology has evolved in recent years to include better solutions which are lower cost to maintain and more sustainable.  To help designers make informed decisions when it comes to designing living walls and vertical gardens, LiveWall has developed an online continuing education course.  The new ‘Green, Living Wall Design Considerations’ course is now available through AEC Daily.The course details design and specification considerations, outlines the benefits of living walls, and compares different system options.  After completing the course, designers will have an understanding of the plant material, lighting and system options.  They will also have a better understanding of the critical role lighting and maintenance play in the success of any living wall.  The course concludes with a collection of case studies highlighting successful indoor and outdoor green wall installations.

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Westland Real Estate Boosts Employee Morale with Indoor Vertical Garden in Long Beach, California

March 17, 2015
March 17, 2015

When designing the layout of their new Long Beach office, Westland Real Estate of Long Beach, California wanted to give their employees a comfortable working environment.  In order to achieve this goal, they installed a 480 square-foot LiveWall Indoor living wall system.  The green wall was installed to reduce the noise from the busy call-center housed within the office.  The large soil volume and healthy plants work together to naturally absorb vibrations and bring the volume down within the office.

The LiveWall Indoor system was selected because it is water-efficient and offers a drip-free solution for office applications.  This wall features a variety of indoor tropical plants that will thrive in an office environment.  See this and other California living walls in our project showcase.  Research by Alex Haslam of the university of Queensland found that an office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity by 15%.

PacMutual Brings Los Angeles’ Tallest Vertical Garden to Southern California

March 17, 2015
March 17, 2015

PacMutual is the proud owner of the tallest living wall in Los Angeles, California. The LiveWall system was selected after a lengthy testing and approval process to make sure it met strict building codes in Los Angeles.  The vertical garden stretches more than 80′ up into the Southern California skyline.  This green wall features an integrated irrigation system that maximizes water efficiency throughout the entire wall.  Southern California’s dry climate makes water management critical and the LiveWall system allows plants to use water efficiently, like in nature. Images of the fully planted wall will be made available soon.

Long Beach VA Hospital and LiveWall Bring a New Vertical Garden to Long Beach, California

March 17, 2015
March 17, 2015

The VA Hospital in Long Beach, California is home to a new LiveWall living wall.  This 1,400 square foot wall curves its way through the center of a courtyard used by patients.  The 10′ high wall is planted with a variety of perennials well suited for the Southern California climate.  This green wall was installed as a result of studies that show better patient outcomes when they are exposed to green space during the healing process.  For more information and images of the VA Hospital’s new living wall visit our project showcase.

Space Daily Delves Into the Benefits of Living Walls

January 8, 2015
January 8, 2015

Space Daily, a website dedicated to professionals in the aerospace industry has featured a very interesting article focusing on the acoustic benefits of living walls.  This article centers around a study being conducted by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country in Spain.

The study finds that while traditional building materials are either effective at filtering low frequency sounds or high frequency sounds living walls are effective at filtering both low and high frequency sounds.  Read the complete article on Space Daily.

Fox News 9&10 Raves about LiveWall® Vertical Garden at Grand Rapids Downtown Market

December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014

Traverse City’s Fox News 9&10 visited the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids to review many of the vendors and features of the LEED Gold Certified public market. The team wrapped up their series in front of the Downtown Market’s Festive Holiday Living Wall, which was planted with poinsettias for the season, and couldn’t stop raving about the vertical garden.

Festive Holiday Indoor Living Wall On Display Through December at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

December 9, 2014
December 9, 2014
poinsettia indoor green wall

Holiday living wall plantings now on display at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s living wall just got a holiday makeover. The lush tropical foliage on the wall for the past few months was transformed in a day into a red and pink wall of poinsettias. It took about 14 man hours to remove the plants, clean the planters, and to plant the new poinsettias.





Tomorrow, the Downtown Market is holding a Winter Wonderland event featuring treats, kids crafts and Santa Claus.  We hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday, December 10 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cost: FREE

Living Art Pioneer Dave MacKenzie Takes His Art to the Next Level for ArtPrize 2014

September 19, 2014
September 19, 2014

Last year, artist Dave MacKenzie debuted his unique brand of living art using a 1,400 square foot living wall system containing 2,500 plants at ArtPrize®, the world’s largest publicly voted art contest.  This year, Dave is back with a bigger and more intricate design.  Entitled ‘Breathe,’ the living mural is home to more than 3500 plants and reaches over 20 feet tall at its peak and stretches 150 feet long.

ArtPrize 2014 Web Site PR Post

‘Breathe’ separates itself from MacKenzie’s earlier work by breaking the traditional mold of a rectangular canvas.  The new design is curvilinear, graphic, and interactive.

“The largest graphic includes a windblown pattern of color in which white flowers spell Breathe O2 (oxygen) and symbolize the air.  The green patterns, above and below, represent the forests and fields.  And, the yellow in the upper right hand corner symbolizes the sun, which fuels photosynthesis, which yields oxygen (O2),” says designer Dave MacKenzie.

“This vital process happens within the leaves, and therefore ‘Breathe’ also features leaf-shaped graphics of Michigan native trees, including catalpa, oak, beech and maple,” MacKenzie adds.

Using the LiveWall® system as the canvas, the entry surrounds and buffers the noise and odors of the B.O.B.’s waste dumpsters and air-conditioning equipment.  ‘Breathe’ was inspired by the idea of restoring the built environment to a more natural state.  The living architecture movement is a growing trend in design that aims to restore balance to urban settings by reintroducing vegetation lost during urbanization.

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MacKenzie stretched beyond the use of plants and incorporated lighting elements into the design of his piece as well.  These lights trace the outline of the leaf shapes and the veins that run through the leaves.  MacKenzie explained that these features symbolize the important role that light plays in the photosynthetic process, which creates the air we breathe.

MacKenzie hopes that his piece will inspire others to become passionate about living architecture and green walls.  “It’s essentially an environmental statement showcasing the importance of plants in our world,” MacKenzie said.

‘Breathe’ can be viewed outside of the B.O.B. during ArtPrize, which runs September 24 to October 11, 2014.

Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit Offers Free Rides This Week, Thousands Enjoy Living Wall at Central Station Stop

August 29, 2014
August 29, 2014

This week, Grand Rapid’s New Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service officially opened, offering free rides to everyone through Sunday, August 31.  At the Central Station stop for the Silver Line, riders enjoy a cooler wait next to the living wall installed last month as part of an effort to replace the landscaping lost when the new bus stop seating and shading were added for the line.

Riders eager to try out the new Silver Line on it's opening day stay cool next to the stop's living wall, which reduces the reflected light and heat for a more comfortable wait.

Riders eager to try out the new Silver Line on it’s opening day stay cool next to the stop’s living wall, which reduces the reflected light and heat for a more comfortable and relaxing wait.

Read more about the Rapid Central Station’s LiveWall brand green wall on our news page.

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