Featured Project: University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing
University of Miami Lakeside Village student community housing
Coral Gables, Florida, United States
46,785 square feet of green roofs
Featured Project of Greenroofs.com August 24, 2021
According to the Miami Herald (April 23, 2021), Miami’s sea level rise bill is expected to rise to $ 4 billion by 2060, and not expected to keep all neighborhoods dry. Due to the hurricane season and the spotlight on the rising seas due to our global warming, we represent the design of the student community housing at the University of Miami Lakeside Village with many new and updated photos. ‘Arquitectonica and ArquitectonicaGEO. Its living architecture cleverly illustrates how to build with strategies of projected sea level rise; the project site is 70% permeable.
The Miami-Dade County Resilience Office said, “By 2040, sea level is expected to be 10 to 17 inches above 2000 levels.” Miami-Dade County’s 3-D Sea Level Rise Viewer allows planners and residents to visualize buildings that could be affected by a sea level rise from one foot to six feet:
The County Sea Level Rise Strategy describes five complementary adaptation approaches that can be combined depending on the needs and preferences of a community and the physical landscape:
Build on the infill: raise the ground on artificial backfill; Build like the keys: raise structures on stilts and live with more water; Building on heights around public transport: promote new developments in areas less prone to flooding along transit corridors; Develop greenways and blueways: expand riverside parks and make room for canals in our most flood-prone neighborhoods; Create green and blue neighborhoods: create a network of small spaces for water in our yards, streets and parks.
Unsurprisingly, the beautifully executed University of Miami Lakeside Village student community housing uses many of these strategies, including its steeply pitched green roofs!
Responding to the challenges of the 21st century, Miami-Dade County is modernizing its infrastructure, protecting communities, and supporting innovative solutions to sea level rise and climate change. We hope that living rooftops and green infrastructure will continue to be part of their programs and strategies!
Extract from the profile of the Greenroofs.com project:
Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research university located in Coral Gables, Florida. True to their vision of becoming an exemplary and excellent institution, it is embarking on a student housing plan in several phases.
Phase 1 is the 12-acre Lakeside Village student community housing consisting of 25 interconnected green-roofed buildings and a multitude of outdoor spaces, including a large yard, study areas, recreation areas and outdoor terraces. Designed by Arquitectonica with the landscape architecture of ArquitectonicaGEO, the residential cubes are arranged in a necklace of crowned forms of green roofs strung together to produce a single, undulating structure.
With its location on a sensitive coastal watershed in a hurricane area, the design demonstrates some of the best aspects of environmental sustainability in the built environment, as well as some of the more challenging scenarios. The new buildings include passive solar cooling, rain gardens and pending LEED Gold certification.
Best of all, every roof is covered in vegetation – the first of its kind in Miami. The unique challenges of these many green roofs include their steep slopes and location right in the center of a hurricane highway.
25 separate Henry-GRO extensive green roofs range in size from 3,259 to 627 square feet each; 7 have terraces with a slope of 4/12 and the others have a slope of 3/12. Each is tilted in a different direction and on a diagonal.
A GRO capillary action mat was used directly over the Henry 790-11 waterproofing to resist slippage while preventing root intrusion and facilitating the lateral flow of stormwater to internal drains. To address the slope and wind issues, a GRO slope stabilization system and a wind erosion mat were installed on the growing substrate.
After a thorough review, Miami-Dade gave notice of approval to the Henry-GRO system in February 2019, deemed more than capable of withstanding a Category 5 hurricane. Completed in November 2019, the green roof assemblies were then water-seeded with Bahia grass and planted with blood flower, fall blush tick seeds, scarlet sage, and native gatekeeper.
Architecture crosses heaven and earth, floating both ethereal and connected to the earth. The University of Miami Lakeside Village student community housing is a major breakthrough for green infrastructure in Miami and hopefully it will be the first of the city’s many green roofs.
Owner: University of Miami Housing and Residential Life and Division of Student Affairs
Site: Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Construction program: Educative
Type of project: Semi intensive
Cut: 46,785 sq. Ft.
Slope: 7 green roofs with 4/12 slopes & 18 with 3/1 slopes
Access: Inaccessible, Private
OPERATIONS AND PLANNING OF MU FACILITIES
BRAILSFORD & DUNLAVEY
FOAM AND ASSOCIATES
EDWARDS AND PARTNERS
DURABILITY / COMMISSIONING:
SEQUIL SYSTEMS, INC.
SUPPLIER OF VEGETATION COMPONENTS ON STRUCTURE:
GREEN ROOF OUTFITTER
GREEN ROOF INSTALLATION:
PARAGON PAINT AND WATERPROOFING
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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Editor Greenroofs.com and host of Greenroofs & Walls of the World ™ virtual summits