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The Green Roof Symposium brought together experts from industry, policy, and research to increase public awareness and businesses’ understanding of how green roof technology can be utilized to help solve environmental problems such as air pollution, storm water runoff, biodiversity loss, and the heat island effect in urban areas. An afternoon tour of three green roofs in Oklahoma City followed.
The abundance of dark impervious surfaces in urban areas creates higher temperatures than in surrounding areas while increasing storm water runoff that damage and contaminate nearby rivers, streams and lakes. Green roofs provide areas of ecological services that sequester carbon, minimize heat absorption and decrease air conditioning loads in commercial buildings, while capturing and evaporating rain water to alleviate stress on the sewer system and nearby watersheds.
Jennifer Gooden, City of Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability Director
Russell Claus, City of Oklahoma City Planning Director
Opening Remarks / Kick-Off Keynote
Dr. Reid Coffman, University of Oklahoma, "Oklahoma and the 21st Century City"
Session 1: Policy and Planning
Presentation on how new green roofs are advancing urban development, followed by a panel discussion with experts on the emerging green roof market and forthcoming trends.
Steven Peck, President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto (Download Presentation)
Paul Kephart, Owner of Rana Creek Design, California
Jeffrey Bruce, Landscape Architect, Kansas City
Presentations by regional experts on current green roof research investigations, followed by a facilitated group discussion.
Reid Coffman, University of Oklahoma
Bruce Dvorak, Texas A&M University (Download Presentation)
Lee Fithian, University of Oklahoma (Download Presentation)
David Hopman, University of Texas-Arlington (Download Presentation)
Dr. Richard Sutton, University of Nebraska (Download Presentation)
Dr. Jason Vogel, Oklahoma State University (Download Presentation)
Session 2: Design and Implementation
Presentation on the design and implementation of green roof projects, followed by panel discussion with regional experts on current success stories, impediments and future opportunities.
Paul Kephart, Owner of Rana Creek Design, California (Download Presentation)
Jeffrey Bruce, Landscape Architect, Kansas City
Dr. Richard Sutton, University of Nebraska
Lunch and Exhibitors Showcase
Buffet lunch and time for attendees to mingle with green roof supplies, designers and installers
Green Roof Tours
Bus tour of local green roofs, including Q & A from suppliers, designers and installers.
Cardinal Engineering, Downtown OKC, Designed roof garden and green roof
Chesapeake Energy, “Central Park” turf-topped parking structure
Winnie May House, 1950s residential sloped green roof
Registration for the symposium has closed. The symposium was free to attend, but
was required. Full registration for the symposium included morning sessions, an
exhibitor’s lunch, and tours of three green roofs in Oklahoma City in the
afternoon. Attendees who could not attend the full day program could register for
the morning sessions or tour only.
L. Bruce, FASLA, is the owner and founder of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC)
which provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation’s
leading Architectural and Landscape Architectural
firms on a wide variety of project profiles including engineered soils,
green roof technologies, urban agronomy, green infrastructure, performance
sports turf, water harvesting, and irrigation engineering. JBC has worked on
over 60 green roofs encompassing over 12 million square feet and has been a
team member of five national Awards of Excellence from Green Roofs for
Healthy Cities and eight national Awards of excellence from the American
Society of Irrigation Consultants for innovative water management and
Jeffrey Bruce is President of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) and Chairman of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). Jeff is a lead instructor of GRHC seminars and Chairman of the GRHC Accreditation Committee. Mr. Bruce is a LEED accredited professional, a certified irrigation designer and an EPA WaterSense Certified Professional. He was one of the first accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRP) in North America. Mr. Bruce is author of the “Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites” seminar for GRHC and ASIC.
Reid Coffman is an educator, researcher and practitioner of landscape
architecture. In his work he combines the fields of quantitative ecology and
artistic expression to create places of social and environmental health.
Currently, he is an Associate Professor, Director of Green Lab, and leads the Experimental Green Roof Project at the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma. Over the last decade his research and writings on vegetative roof systems have been published widely throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Bruce Dvorak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He teaches sustainable site design, planning and construction. Bruce was involved with the design and management of a number of recognized green roofs including the Chicago City Hall Green Roof Pilot Project. As a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Bruce served on the Green Roof Task Force for the ASLA National Headquarters green roof in Washington, D.C.
Bruce is a member of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee and the ASTM International subgroup Sustainable Buildings and Construction. In 2009, Professor Dvorak and Dr. Astrid Volder established the Interdisciplinary Green Roof Research Group at Texas A&M University. Today, four research colleagues across three colleges at Texas A&M are working to develop sustainable green roofs for Texas.
Fithian is an Associate Professor in the Division of Architecture. Her
current research and teaching efforts are focused on Net-Zero and
Regenerative architectures within the interdisciplinary research in practice
studio model with a strong focus on the technical development and
integration of deep green sustainable design and BIM in the conceptual
design phase. Her current research collaboration focus with the National
Weather Center Green Roof project is looking into glare mitigation through
the use of vegetated roofs. Lee has a Master’s of Architecture as well as a
Bachelor’s in Engineering and in Computer Science and is pursuing a PhD in
Professor Fithian has licenses in Oklahoma and Massachusetts with over 17 years of commercial and governmental practice experience, including Director of Sustainable Design at the Benham Companies. Within the State of Oklahoma she has helped found the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and the State Chapter of the US Green Building Council and currently serves as Chair of COTE and Treasurer for the AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter. Since joining the faculty of the College of Architecture in 2005, she has maintained her own firm that consults on a vast array of sustainable and technical issues both in new construction and adaptive reuse.
Since accepting the position as a professor at Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2004, David Hopman, ASLA has energetically pursued a faculty role bridging practice and research. The courses he teaches reflect his research interests in plant materials and ecology, ecologically performative landscapes, landscape aesthetics, and computer visualization.
Professor Hopman designed and implemented the first extensive green roof in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2008 above the Life Sciences Building at UT-Arlington. He was in charge of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certification for The Green at College Park on the UT-Arlington Campus; one of the first three projects worldwide to receive certification in February of 2012. This important certification system is being developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The National Arboretum, and The American Society of Landscape Architects as a landscape corollary, with or without buildings, to the USGBC LEED certification system.
Renowned biologist, restoration ecologist and expert designer of living architectural systems, Paul Kephart is sought after for his skill as an innovator and pioneer in the fields of environmental planning and ecological design.
Paul applies ecological principles to architecture and design by integrating mechanical, plumbing, and energy systems with living systems, site, and structure. Paul has applied his ecological design training on some noteworthy large-scale architectural icons: Gap Headquarters, a pioneering large-scale living roof in a Mediterranean climate; California Academy of Sciences, incorporating a living roof designed for biodiversity; Croton Water Treatment Plant, slated to be the largest continuous living roof in North America; Museum of Northern Arizona, designed for science and cultural interpretation; Council District 9 City Hall, a living roof public park targeting urban renewal, and Transbay Terminal, a 5.9 acre city park on the rooftop of San Francisco’s newest architectural icon.
W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA is the founder and president of Green Roofs for
Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry
association. Since 1996 he has worked to advance the green roof and wall
industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects; organizing
conferences and workshops; writing articles; judging awards competitions;
building institutional capacity; lecturing; publishing and advocating for
supportive policies and standards at all levels of government. In 1999 he began
editing and publishing a quarterly green roof and wall magazine entitled The
Living Architecture Monitor™. Mr. Peck has written and lectured extensively on
the interrelationship between public policy, research and the socio-economic
benefits of living architecture, as well as on the topics of urban
sustainability and industrial ecology. In 2007 he co-founded the Green
Infrastructure Foundation, the charitable arm of GRHC, dedicated to
advancing all forms of green infrastructure. In 2010 Mr. Peck
co-founded the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition in 2010 to lobby for
living green infrastructure protection and investment in Ontario.
Dr. Richard K. Sutton, PLA, FASLA, GRP combines his native prairie plant and green roof interest and expertise in research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a member of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee, Dr. Sutton organized a Great Plains regional working group in 2010 to examine the use of prairie plants and stressed prairie communities as templates for green roof use. His current research is looking at ways to expand the biodiversity while lowering the costs of green roof plantings. He obtained his BS degree from Colorado State University, MLA from Utah State University and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published over 3 dozen popular and reviewed articles while co-authoring two plant books.
Dr. Jason Vogel is an Assistant Professor and Stormwater Specialist in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University (OSU), where he currently leads the Low Impact Development research and extension team. His research interests are related to water quality and water quantity issues at the interface of human and natural systems. Before joining OSU in December 2009, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Lincoln, Nebraska for seven years, conducting water-quality research. He got his Ph.D. from OSU in 2001 in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and also has degrees from Texas A&M and the University of Nebraska.
Cardinal Engineering, Downtown OKC, designed roof garden and green roof
Rooftop socializing at its best. The roof at Cardinal Engineering holds fun urbanity atop a historic building on Automobile Alley. By making half the roof accessible roof garden and half planted green roof, visitors get the best of both worlds. Sit down and enjoy.
Chesapeake Energy, "Central Park" turf-topped parking
The recreational roof built over parking on the Chesapeake Energy campus creates a flexible gathering space for events, concerts and gatherings. This intensive green roof not only acts as a formal aesthetic green space for the campus, but also provides great urban cooling and stormwater regulation. It is a great civic-scale example of combining social and environmental goals.
1950s residential sloped green roof
Prairie style precedent. Originally installed in 1951 to complete a prairie-style architectural aesthetic that also reduced summer temperatures, the Winnie Mae roof has evolved today into a ‘garden style’ sub-canopy green roof that continues its tradition with a more formal tone. Built on a slope, over the garage, it will inspire all do-it yourself homeowners. Simple, elegant and efficient.
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