Tempe Transit Center Covered in Green

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We've seen solar-powered transit shelters, but this eco-friendly transit center with transit stops outfitted with green walls may be a first.  With the help of greenscreen green walls, the City of Tempe Transit Center is seeking LEED Platinum certification.  The mixed use facility, designed to be 52% more efficient than a traditional building of its kind, went with green walls to provide a buffer from the harsh Arizona sun and heat. 

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As you can see below, the green walls help to cool and shade the surrounding areas through evapotranspiration.  Plants used in the application include Queen's Wreath and Cat's Claw vines, while the installation also integrates with a rainwater downspout that transfers water into a bed of soil 

Manufactured by a Los Angeles-based company, greenscreen is a three-dimensional, welded wire trellising system that provides space for plants to grow and intertwine.  The trellis panels can be applied in conjunction with the built environment, such as with this ASU School of Sustainability, or used in other ways. And we're seeing the product used with greater frequency. 

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Photo credits: Greenscreen.


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  • Anonymous

    This project will be highlighted this year at the GreenBuild Conference November 10-13. Stop by and check it out.

    For further information on the Tempe Transportation Center or the LRT stations that use similar materials check out our website.
    http://www.otak.com
    look under what we do|architecture

  • Anonymous

    Very simple and natural way to solve a problem. Nice!

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Condo Auctions

    Very pretty. I would be happy to see these installed all over the area. There just is not enough green in Arizona.

    -Tyler

  • http://www.empire-solar.com/ Richard

    Nice! I like plantsies. Well, we can also have our homes to be like plants when we use solar energy.

  • Dan S.

    Nice to know that people really appreciate what we’ve done.
    It’s nice to see a lot of greens in the desert especially if you are waiting
    for a bus. Cool effect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000099288607 Anonymous

    Nicely done! One piece of incorrect information: the ASU School of Sustainability did not participate in this project. The shelters were designed by Otak and Architekton, and constructed by Adolfson & Peterson.

    Bonnie Richardson AIA, LEED AP
    Architect/Principal Planner City of Tempe
    Project Manager for Tempe Transportation Center

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