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G-O2® Living Wall Revealed at WTC Liberty Park

Plant Connection, Inc. is extremely proud to announce that their patented G-O2® Living Wall System was revealed at the opening of the World Trade Center’s Liberty Park on June 29, 2016.


Credit: Santiago Calatrava

This notable accomplishment comes after 3 years of intensive planning, designing, engineering, and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, engineers, and contractors. Collectively, they have transformed the site that was once the Deutsche Bank building into a meaningful and memorable space where life and greenery symbolize the rebirth of Lower Manhattan – while always remembering the past.

Diagram by the Port Authority of NY&NJ and The Tribeca Trib
Credit: Port Authority of NY & NJ and Tribeca Trib

The World Trade Center’s Liberty Park is an elevated, one-acre linear park (inspired by the nearby iconic High Line), built on top of a vehicular security-screening center, and overlooks the original footprints of the World Trade Center, now the National September 11th Memorial. Designed for the Port Authority by landscape architect, Joseph E. Brown, the park features many trees, shrubs, perennials and unique seating that provides a place for visitors to reflect, relax, and recharge amidst the bustling city.

An architectural rendering of the proposed park, next to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.  Credit Port Authority of New York

Credit: Port Authority of NY & NJ


Credit: Port Authority of NY & NJ

One of the park’s most striking features is the multihued 25 feet high and 336 feet long G-O2® Living Wall by Plant Connection that transforms the prosaic walls and garage entrances leading to the network of underground roadways and loading docks. The living wall plantings were designed in a staggered, horizontal grid to complement the 9/11 Memorial. The broad bands of color also help soften the scale and façade of the building along Liberty Street.


Credit: Plant Connection, Inc.

The living wall is home to over 20,000 evergreen groundcovers and flowering perennials (Baltic Ivy, Common Periwinkle, Coral Bells, Japanese Spurge, and Wintercreeper) that provide year-round visual interest of color and texture, while thriving vertically in the partially shaded environment. The plants are housed in 845 stainless steel patented G-O2® Living Wall panels. An extensive 18-zone drip irrigation provides water for the living wall, while a built-in monitoring system ensures the living wall’s health. Custom stainless steel catch basins hang under the living wall panels to capture any residual water.


Credit: Plant Connection, Inc.

The Liberty Park G-O2® Living Wall, like all of Plant Connection’s G-O2® Living Walls, was pre-grown before it was installed, ensuring that the roots anchored into the panels and media before hanging vertically. Beginning in 2015, the planted panels were grown at Plant Connection’s nursery in Riverhead, NY, where they were monitored and maintained by horticulturists in an optimum greenhouse growing environment.


Credit: Plant Connection, Inc.

Plant Connection has designed, manufactured, and grown over 21,000 square feet of G-O2® Living Walls in North America, ranging from public parks, corporate offices, schools, restaurants, hospitals, and even treehouses! Throughout all of these different projects, Plant Connection has observed how green walls continuously make people feel better when they are in the presence of such forms of “living architecture.”


Credit: Plant Connection, Inc.

There is something about being around plants that makes people automatically feel better. It is a concept called Biophilia – humans are naturally drawn to parks and greenery. Plants are an important part of our life here on Earth and innately help reduce stress, improve health, and purify the air. When you can incorporate plants in a place where you wouldn’t expect them, people are always fascinated, happy, and uplifted.


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As one retired 9/11 NYPD officer expressed after seeing the living wall coverage:

“Thank you, Melissa, for your hard work, on behalf of our fallen brothers and sisters. It is nice to see that people haven't forgotten. I would love to see this before I pass. Unfortunately, the pain is still too great to go there. You are bringing such beauty to this solemn place. Again, thank you. Your work is very much appreciated.”


Credit: Plant Connection, Inc.

Liberty’s Park G-O2® Living Wall offers a touch of Earth amid a concrete jungle – and what better place to provide a piece of serenity and enhance the environment. The G-O2® Living Wall at Liberty Park pushes aside boundaries and invites people to come together from all walks of life to simply breathe fresh air and enjoy the newfound beauty. A living green wall grows in Lower Manhattan and the resiliency of New Yorkers continues…


Credit: Santiago Calatrava

Cities Alive Conference

When: November 1-4, 2016
Where: Washington, DC

Join green roof and wall industry leaders this November in North America’s foremost city for green roof policy and implementation – Washington, DC – for the 14th Annual CitiesAlive Conference.

This year’s conference will highlight advancements in living architecture design, research and policy, with a focus on stormwater management. Explore the science behind green roof and wall performance and learn how these technologies are enabling designers to meet municipal stormwater management requirements. 

PCI's Melissa Daniels will be one of the panelists for the lecture Green Walls & Water Management; Stormwater Management & Potable Water Use Best Practices on November 2. See the conference agenda for full program details.

For more information and to register, please visit citiesalive.org.

Vines for Green Façades 

Using established, pre-grown plants 4’-6’ tall, you can be assured your green façade will take off and reach new heights faster! Grown by experienced nursery producers, get a head start with larger, healthier plants for your green wall project.

Plant selections offered for wall mounted, horizontal and columns, and freestanding applications.

Click on the image below for the Vines Inventory. Please contact us for more information.
 

Sneak Peek

Stay tuned for our next e-newsletter featuring Yahoo! 
About Us
 
Plant Connection, Inc. is the exclusive global grower and US distributor for the patented G-O2® Living Wall System. With full horticultural support and innovative design, G-O2® products represent the best quality available in the marketplace today.

PCI manufactures, designs, and grows G-O2® Living Walls, which are specially engineered for plant performance and sustainability.

As a modular system, it mounts easily to different surfaces, allowing for multiple applications. Its own built-in pressure compensating irrigation system and state-of-the-art remote monitoring system ensures the viability of your custom plant selection.
About G-O2® Products
 
As a full service green wall company with a thorough horticultural background, we will consult with you on plant choices for your specific location. Our patented G-O2® Living Walls are successful because:
  • All plant material is specially customized for each project.
  • All products come pre-grown by PCI, which allows you to have a mature and healthy product ready for installation.
  • Complete horticultural support offered from design concept to installation and maintenance with trained horticultural professionals and design specialists.
Design Services
 
Our team of formally trained landscape designers and horticulturists can assist you in creatively greening interior and exterior spaces and cultivating living artwork.

From site evaluation, through design concept and plant selection, our specialists will consult with you and develop a detailed plan that meets your project requirements.

We can provide concept drawings, custom CAD panel layouts, and final planting plans and will support you throughout the entire design process.

Informational Seminars

PCI also provides informational seminars that illustrate the benefits of green walls and green roofs to Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Designers, Homeowners, Contractors, and Developers.

If you are interested in learning more about implementing our products on your projects, please contact Melissa Daniels for more information.

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