Port Imperial to Plant Rooftop of Second Condo Community

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Installing this week, 1200 Avenue’s new 21,600 square-foot LiveRoof® system will provide beautiful amenity, stormwater management


An Ariel View of the Port Imperial Building

As Port Imperial’s 1200 Avenue green roof will be highly visible, the project team demands both a functional and beautiful solution

Next week, contractors will begin installation of a planted roof atop 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial. The 103-unit, seven-story building is part of the $2 billion master-planned Port Imperial South Community, located along the Hudson River. Lennar, owners of the previously-opened 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial and 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial, are installing their second green roof as construction nears completion at the second of four condominium buildings planned at The Avenue Collection.

The newest community offers skyline views for 75 percent of the building. In addition to a host of social and health amenities, a third-floor outdoor plaza will feature an open lawn, planting areas, seating, fire pit, sundeck and pool. On Monday, September 28, contractors will begin installing a 21,600 square foot LiveRoof brand system, which will feature a patterned mix of red and gold low-growing sedums. Ornamental grasses will also be used to block view of rooftop mechanical equipment from adjacent windows and seating areas.

Green roofs provide nature, function and beauty. A patented, subterranean modular system unites the soil and plants creating a naturally beautiful meadow-like aesthetic. The roofs provide aesthetic, environmental and social benefits. Financial benefits can also be achieved from a vegetative roof including: extension of roof life, energy conservation, enhanced public relations, and conservation of municipal septic systems. The rooftop garden will provide important stormwater management as required by local legislation.

“Although the green roof is required, we believe it is an important feature to our communities as it supports environmental stewardship and provides significant aesthetic value,” says Craig Klingensmith, division president for Lennar Northeast. “Lennar fully supports greening efforts and the positive effect the planted roof will have on the local community.”

Lennar contracted with several organizations to complete the vegetative roof project including Belle Associates (General Contractor), Handel Architects, Melillo & Bauer (Landscape Architects) and FM Improvements, who installed the planted roof.

Using locally sourced plants and soil, the custom-grown green roof for 1200 Avenue was cultivated approximately 150 miles from Weehawken by LiveRoof licensed grower Creek Hill Nursery of Leola, PA.

“As Port Imperial’s 1200 Avenue green roof will be highly visible, the project team demands both a functional and beautiful solution,” said Ron Strasko, owner of Creek Hill Nursery. “We worked with the design team to develop custom blends of proven plants that both support engaging design and are adapted to perform in this rooftop microclimate.”

The LiveRoof brand green roof system was also used to plant the rooftops of other nearby Lennar developments, including 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial and Henley on Hudson.

Reporters are invited to view the installation of the 1200 Avenue green roof system next week.

INSTALLATION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 28. Photographers/Videographers Welcome
Please contact: Paul Cook, Creek Hill Nursery, 717-723-0855

About Lennar Corporation
Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is headquartered in Miami, Florida and is one of the nation's leading builders of quality homes for all generations, building affordable, move-up and retirement homes. The Company operates primarily under the Lennar and U.S. Home brand names and utilizes a Dual Marketing strategy consisting of the Everything's Included(R) and Design Studio(SM) programs. Lennar's Financial Services Division provides mortgage financing, title insurance, closing services and insurance agency services for both buyers of the Company's homes and others. Its Strategic Technologies Division provides high-speed Internet access and cable television to residents of the Company's communities and others.

Media Contact:
Craig Klingensmith
Division President, Lennar Northeast

About LiveRoof® Global, LLC
LiveRoof Global, LLC (http://www.liveroof.com) is the horticultural science company that developed the LiveRoof® Hybrid System, whose natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance at the lowest level acquisition-installation-maturation-maintenance costs. Combining the best elements of proven green roof technologies, LiveRoof establishes a seamless vegetative surface rooted in a continuous layer of soil. This design maximizes environmental benefits, energy savings and rooftop aesthetics. Regional growers in its global network adapt LiveRoof plants for local conditions and customize plant selection for every project. The proof is on the roof showcased in LiveRoof projects that stand out as signature elements on commercial, public, university and school buildings throughout the globe.

Media Contact:
Amber Poncé, GRP
Business Development Manager
LiveRoof Global, LLC

About Creek Hill Nursery
Creek Hill Nursery is a growing liner production company nestled in the verdant valley of Lancaster County, PA. We specialize in cell-pack starters of herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses and deciduous woody plants. Founded in 1990, Creek Hill Nursery is the result of over 25 years of propagation experience. When you walk through our greenhouses you will see many new plant varieties. We have aligned our organization with horticultural groups on the leading edge of introducing and breeding new plants from around the world.

We grow the finest plant material, delivered on time, with the highest level of customer service. Creek Hill Nursery is committed to exceeding your expectations.

Media Contact:
Paul Cook

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