05 Feb Bomb Cyclone Didn’t Stop GSky From Installing Green Walls
2017 ended, and 2018 started, with a “bomb cyclone” bringing snow, ice & wind chills that reportedly plunged temperatures in the Northeast below 20 degrees several times.
While the weather made life miserable outside, GSky brought vibrant nature and beauty inside by installing five living walls all during the winter storm. This was not an easy feat, but the experience, planning & partners that GSky has in place made the process possible.
The walls consist of interior tropical plants that don’t tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees, which increased the level of difficulty finishing these walls before the new year. However, GSky’s team pulled through and made it happen. Not only did the walls bring nature inside while it was frozen outside, but with GSky’s sustainable technology, they’ll be standing there for years to come.
Read more about the five green walls that were installed during the bomb cyclone:
Embassy Suites — Denton, Texas
Two vibrant vertical green walls made up of 1,752 plants were installed at the Embassy Suites in Denton, Texas. These 22 foot high walls flank a stone water wall feature in the lobby of the hotel with LED rail track lights lining the green walls. Not only does the lighting support the needs of the plants, but it also adds to the ambiance. The plants were designed to form a bold curvilinear design to flow seamlessly across the living walls, adding to the feeling of life and movement in the area.
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology — Terre Haute, Indiana
Over winter break at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, a vibrant green wall was installed in the newly expanded Hulman Memorial Student Union. The school wanted to welcome the students back to the Union with a dynamic and lively green wall. They accomplished this with 1,458 plants placed in a curvilinear form to represent movement and life.
“I must admit, I was skeptical about a living wall when we first started discussing it from a maintenance perspective. I couldn’t have been more wrong and the design is just amazing. Really catches your eye as you enter our new main entrance. What a beautiful system with benefits that keep giving over time.” – Michael A. Taylor, MSM, CEFP | Senior Director Facilities Operations for Rose Hulman
ASICS — Boston, Massachusetts
Located at ASICS’ new product creation and design lab in Boston, Massachusetts, is a newly installed Versa Wall®. The living green wall incorporates the ASICS logo within the plant design. “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body” is an old Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived, so it’s only fitting that their green wall represents those words through the design.
Long Island Marriott — Long Island, New York
This 367 square foot Versa Wall® was installed in the lobby of a Marriott in Long Island, New York. With 2,350 tropical green plants designed giving the impression of a natural background of foliage, it adds depth, dimension and texture. A beautiful wooden frame surrounds the plants enhancing the natural beauty in the lobby for guests and employees.
Hotel at Avalon — Alpharetta, Georgia
The Hotel at Avalon, located in Alpharetta, Georgia, is the city’s first full-service hotel in almost 20 years. Upon entering the hotel’s lobby, two Versa Walls® border each side. Paired with the walls are modern swings for guests to enjoy. Installed as quiet, natural backgrounds, the luxury hotel atmosphere evokes a graceful, modern ambience.