The Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project is a two- Phase project to be constructed at Gould Hall. Phase I is a Feasibility and Design Study and Phase II is Construction and Documentation. This proposal is to fund Phase I with work to be completed by the end of August, 2011. A student Design Team will lead the project from initial building assessment through construction and monitoring stages. As a Demonstration Project, students will transform a blank concrete wall into a showcase of improved habitat that fosters diverse native species, a rainwater harvest method, local food production, and systems that reduce building heating and cooling energy demand that can help the campus reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its sustainability goals. A student-led design and construction effort, the Demonstration Project will provide numerous campus benefits as well as enhanced hands-on education opportunities.
The Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project will address several aspects of sustainability outlined in the UW Climate Action Plan including water recycling, sustainable land use planning, sustainable and local food production, energy and carbon footprint reduction and UW green marketing and branding efforts. Question #2 outlines additional ecological benefits such as water quality improvement, habitat creation and native plant use.
The two phase project is outlined below: Phase I (May – August 2011)
1) Assess the feasibility of constructing a Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting system at Gould Hall, where students can experience, study, maintain and monitor the near and long-term effects of the installation. Feasibility will include site assessment, building structural analysis, water harvesting volumes, micro-climate analysis, and existing green wall and green screen construction methods and materials. The Feasibility Study will engage the necessary support from the College of Built Environments and Campus Facilities.
2) Develop designs for the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project with involvement of the College of Built Environments and Campus Facilities. Design will include structural support and soil systems, plant selection, sustainable materials, irrigation, future maintenance systems, and a detailed budget to cover costs of construction, installation, and near-term monitoring and maintenance.
3) Develop a Feasibility and Design Report that outlines results and includes construction documents for building the Demonstration Project. The report will be displayed online on the Green Futures Lab’s Living Wall webpage as well as physically in the Lab, which is located adjacent to the proposed Green Wall and Green Screen installations.
Phase II (October – December 2011, with future funding)
1) Work from the construction documents produced in Phase I to acquire materials and construct the biodiversity green wall, the edible green screen, and the roof water harvesting system, including structural systems, irrigation system, and planting. Work will be completed by both expert contractors and the student Design Team.
2) Create an As-Built Plan documenting construction alterations to the design.
3) Display video footage documenting construction as well as photos, plans, and information about the project on the GFL’s Living Wall webpage.
4) Perform monitoring and maintenance as necessary to document environmental benefits of the Demonstration Project. Repair any problems that arise from wear and tear and document on- going maintenance needs.