A private, master’s level university located in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood, Queens University has been an educational beacon in the state of North Carolina for over 150 years. To provide students and faculty with state-of-the-art classrooms and offices, Queens broke ground on the Rogers Science and Health Building in May 2011. In line with the university’s commitment to green initiatives, the building was designed with multiple features that would help it qualify for Platinum LEED certification.
In addition to a rooftop greenhouse and a parking lot canopy featuring photovoltaic solar panels, the Health and Science’s design called for a 24 foot by 35 foot living green wall composed of plants native to the Tar Heel State and a double-helix design.
Visual allure was not the only reason behind the decision to add a green wall to the exterior of the building. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (the architectural firm that created the construction documents) noted the fact that the wall could be used as a teaching tool, offering students and faculty the opportunity to interact with a living, breathing ecosystem on campus. With experience creating some of North America’s most celebrated vertical gardens, Ambius was selected to undertake the installation. The wall’s unique DNA-strand design sets the project apart from any other green wall previously constructed.
“Part of our green wall message is that DNA is always with us, and as the DNA strand is made of evergreen, we have a living statement that the fundamentals of life are always with us,” said Dr. Reed Perkins of the Environmental Science Department at Queens University.
Comprised of 14 plant species that range from English Lavender to Yellow Jasmine, the wall was erected over the course of 2 weeks. Luckily for you, the below time-lapse video shows the wall being installed in under a minute.
To find out more information about the Queens University Green Wall, read the full Case Study here.
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