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One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Green Wall

One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Green Wall
April 6, 2016 Dean Hill

In 2015, the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County opened it’s 2nd Renewable Energy Facility (REF) and it is quite the feat of modern engineering with 3 massive boilers that can process 3,000 tons of trash a day, a 2 million gallon rainwater cistern and an ash management building that filters fly ash, lime and carbon powder to prevent the release of particulates.  The Waste-to-Energy facility is the largest in the country and will reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill by 90%.  Heralded as the most advanced and cleanest waste to energy power plant in North America, it is also unique that it includes a LEED Platinum Education Center as it’s front door.

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The Education Center, appropriately named “Away”, features a 45′ long by 16′ tall green wall on the west end.  The 720 s.f. of 48″x96″ greenscreen® panels are mounted onto a freestanding structural steel frame using a 5132R clip attachment and is planted with Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides).

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While successfully providing screening and in scale with the architecture of “Away”, it is a snippet of the installation that is just on the other side of the parking lot!

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It would be hard to entirely screen this facility, but the 5600 s.f. of 140 48″x120″ greenscreen® panels helps tone down some of the massiveness!  Well, maybe not so much, but the 20′ tall by 280′ long green wall goes a long way in effectively providing vertical plant material with a small ground footprint.

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greenscreen® panels are mounted to a structural steel framework with our engineered 5132R clip attachment and planted with Bengal Clock Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora).  Bengal Clock Vine has been used on a number of South Florida projects and has been very successful as an appropriate plant material selection for greenscreen®.  It is a fast growing vine (at least in Florida) that provides a nice blue flower when in bloom.

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For more information on plants that will be successful wherever your neck of the woods are located, greenscreen® provides a handy Guidelines For Green Facade Plant Selection resource that you can find over on the Plants tab.  Since we’re talking about resources, it is important to mention our experienced project managers on this project.  With the project being located in Florida, there were some very specific building and wind load codes that had to be met.  You may have noticed the significance of the steel support structure!  greenscreen® welded wire trellis panels and clip attachments are engineered to work in combination with the structural steel support and our knowledgeable (and friendly) project managers can help you navigate through this space, if your project calls for it.

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Speaking of friendly resources, meet Joanne Gulliksen, our rock star Florida manufacturing rep with Rep Services, Inc.  This isn’t Joanne’s normal office attire (although available by request) and she is a wealth of information regarding greenscreen® and the projects that have been installed in South Florida.  She can usually be found laughing and navigating South Florida traffic (but rarely at the same time) and feel free to contact her with any questions!

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Project Credits:

Landscape Architecture;  Urban Associates

General Contractor:  CDM Smith

Structural Steel and greenscreen® installation Contractor:  Quality Metals, Inc.

 

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