12 Nov GSky® Versa Wall® Installed at BP’s U.S. Headquarters

Living wall part of a thoughtful redesign after Hurricane Harvey flooded building’s ground floor

GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a global industry leader in the design and production of interior and exterior green walls, announces it supplied a Versa Wall® Living Wall for the newly renovated BP U.S. headquarters, the oil company’s largest office. The building, which along with the rest of Houston’s Energy Corridor, had flooded during Hurricane Harvey and re-opened in May 2018. This first-floor overhaul was finalized in October 2019.

The Versa Wall® system, typically designed for interior spaces, is installed in a very protected exterior location. Thanks to Houston’s mild climate, the living green wall system will thrive at the front entrance of the BP office. Incorporating colors and shapes evoking BP’s iconic logo, the Versa Wall® is the focal point of the building garden-like entry space.

GSky was chosen to supply this artistic element to the redesigned building entry because of its versatility, design capabilities, and proven reputation.

Engineered with a unique tray design for simplified installation and maintenance – plus higher water efficiency – the Versa Wall® is the most versatile system on the market. Featuring a modular design that allows for quick and easy installation, the Versa Wall® can be easily configured to any size and installed around doors, windows, corners, stairs, or columns. It can also incorporate other design elements, including artwork. Each Versa Wall® plant remains in its own four-inch pot, so mature plants can be swapped in quickly and cleanly, and walls can be redesigned at minimal cost to add seasonal color.

The Versa Wall® system does not require constant watering, which promotes plant health and supports sustainability. Featuring patented vertical irrigation technology, the Versa Wall® system cuts water waste, prevents oversaturation, and boosts cost efficiency by automatically running a timed gravity-based irrigation cycle less than once a week, while other walls on the market may run several cycles each day. Completely customizable with vibrant tropical plants, the Versa Wall® enlivens decor, cleans the air, positively impacts the acoustic environment, and enhances productivity.

30 Jul GSky Unique Living Green Wall Maintenance Program

Interior Living Green Walls Backed by Only Plant Guarantee in the Industry

Delray Beach, FL – GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a global industry leader in the design and production of interior and exterior green walls, highlights its industry-leading maintenance program for Versa Wall® living green wall systems.

Proper care for the living green walls is essential for the living design’s longevity. The walls must be easily accessible, and standard care should be performed on an ongoing basis. To remain compact, plants must be properly pruned and cleaned. Regular fertilization ensures plants maintain the desired levels of color and vibrance. Effective maintenance holds living wall systems in check, keeps plants healthy, and preserves the intended aesthetics of each wall.

GSky’s 3-Point Maintenance Program

GSky Plant Systems offers an industry-leading comprehensive 3-point maintenance program with hardware coverage, standard on all walls for the first year after installation and available after that period ends. As part of GSky’s maintenance program, GSky® living wall experts regularly visit living green walls to ensure appearance. Periodically, GSky® trained technicians perform a battery of intermittent tasks to ensure excellent plant health, ideal moisture levels, and proper system functionality. With the only plant guarantee in the industry, GSky® replaces any plant attrition with healthy substitutes.

Since irrigation is essential for plant survival, irrigation systems, and drainage systems are maintained. Wall components, such as tanks, trays, filters, and fasteners, are also inspected and cleaned. GSky® trained technicians perform occasional lighting reviews, adjusting timers and fixtures when needed to ensures plants receive adequate light.

Maintenance Makes All the Difference

The Versa Wall® living green wall system by GSky® is designed for simple maintenance. An alternative to walls using pre-grown panels, GSky’s Versa Wall® allows for plants to be easily maintained and replaced with no mess due to the flexibility of the 4-inch pots that are placed directly into the system’s trays without any “re-potting.” With patented vertical irrigation technology, the Versa Wall® only requires water every 8 – 10 days.

Proven GSky® systems, backed by a trained network of maintenance providers, can succeed at locations where a living wall is creatively installed. Prior to installation, GSky Plant Systems and GSky’s dealers work with customers to select appropriate plants, allow effective access for maintenance, and ensure proper lighting conditions to ensure living wall vitality.

20 Aug Living Walls Take Root in The Modern Shopping Experience

December 2012 – Phase 1

Shopping centers are “Alive” and expanding globally

The Avenues is Kuwait’s most prestigious landmark to date and the country’s largest shopping and leisure destination. A total of 5200 square feet, the Versa Wall is located in Grande Avenue district, one of the design districts in the shopping center. The first Versa Wall installation served as a design launching point to the incorporation of a further five phase follow up.

February 2018 – Phase 2

Retail centers leverage green walls to add a “wow factor” to the shopping experience

Living wall in a mallThe design of much of the mall features five organic, flowing shapes and lends itself perfectly to the incorporation of living green wall elements. Green walls also improve the health of people since cleaner and more purified air circulates to carefully remove impurities and supply cleaner air to the environment. With high arching ceilings of glass that are pressurized to reduce heat transfer from the temperatures outside, the space allows for some of the most visually spectacular indoor green wall applications.The Avenue Mall in KuwaitThe first Green Wall of this second phase is situated around the “Eye of the Avenues” an 18’ high dome of glass fragmented into a set of triangular flat planes to the far end of the impressive Grand Avenue. The second and third green wall locations are in the brand new Grand Arcade, a new district that is of a more enclosed design compared to the open concept of the Grand Avenue.Kuwait living wall in The Avenues

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30 Jul Plant Design: Vancouver Airport Living Wall’s New Look

Located immediately outside the international arrivals gate at the YVR Canada Line Station is this living green wall. Originally installed in 2009 using GSky Plant System’s Pro Wall®, this north facing wall has become an area landmark. In 2018 this wall was upgraded to GSky’s new Versa Wall XT® system with panels added to enhance the design.

Standing 50 feet (15.24 meters) high, this wall has a sincere presence about it. Though the layout may seem simple, it is symbolic. Like its predecessor, the inspiration for this project was drawn from the mountains. Adding powder coated aluminum inserts enhance the original design with texture and interest—which is all easily managed through the Versa Wall XT® structure.Incorporating both industrial and natural elements into the updated plant design, this renovation strives to create a visually interesting concept for a green wall while keeping the original design intent. The rigid, geometric openings allow the potted plants to peek through, creating a true work of art for passing travelers to enjoy.Developed for exterior walls, the Versa Wall XT® is designed to withstand Mother Nature and simplify maintenance. Instead of having pre-planted panels, the Versa Wall XT® holds one-gallon potted plants. The potted plants allow for quicker maintenance and plant replacement to keep the green wall looking full. Along with built-in water efficiency and pot management systems, this makes the living wall better suited for colder climates. With the updated frame and plant design, this living wall will be standing for years to come.

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22 May Hanging Garden Custom Design for McGuire Building

Living walls can enhance many spaces, both aesthetically and environmentally. But sometimes there isn’t a wall available for installation. Such was the challenge GSky faced with the McGuire Building in San Francisco: The building owners desired a vertical garden as a centerpiece for their modern, open office space, but lacked dedicated structural space.

Ready to conquer the challenge, GSky’s team got to work, installing three cylindrical pillars suspended from the ceiling through two floors, not touching the bottom floor. The pillar style incorporates GSky’s trusted Versa Wall® technology, which allows for modular pots and evenly watered plants. Utilizing the same technology in a different way, GSky created these suspended living walls out of corner trays connected together to create three circular-shaped walls.

The technology functions the same way it would on any GSky Versa Wall®, including industry-standard pots that allow for adaptability in design, as well as a drip-line watering system that flows through the wall into a planter bed, irrigating the plants throughout. Once the frame was settled, it was time to dive into plant design. With a full 360-degree view, this wall required an arrangement that would flourish at every angle. To create a visual flow from ceiling to floor, GSky installed 725 4-inch potted plants across the hanging cylinders.

To enhance the look and health of the plants, 360-degree lighting was installed on the surrounding the walls. This lighting allows observers from both the lobby and lower-level office space to enjoy the hanging garden.

To maintain the living wall, complete with trimming, repotting, and other upkeep, GSky uses a scissor lift, which provides ample accessibility. Like any wall they install, GSky has a variety of maintenance measures in place for the McGuire building, ensuring the spectacular garden thrives throughout the years.

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16 Apr Why Your Healthcare Facility Should Have a Green Living Wall

As humans, we long to be close to nature. Unfortunately, most work environments, especially those in the healthcare industry, are not designed with the natural world in mind. But according to science, maybe they should be. Plants, flowers, and other greeneries have shown to improve productivity and reduce stress in the workplace.

Healthcare employees are some of the most stressed out in the nation: In a recent survey, 69 percent of workers reported feeling stressed, and 17 percent reported feeling highly stressed. This is due to the intense nature of the job, but also has a lot to do with the sterile atmosphere in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and clinics, which typically have little to no greenery.

Some reasons to welcome plants into high-stress environments include:

Decreased Stress

Bringing greenery into the workplace has been proven to reduce blood pressure — a primary marker of an individual’s stress levels. In workplaces such as healthcare facilities, reducing the level of stress can greatly improve employees’ performance.   

Increased Productivity

Staying attentive is vital for employees, especially those in healthcare. In a study conducted by Texas A&M University, participants were found to be more productive in an environment where there were plants compared to environments without them.  

Cleaner Air

Through photosynthesis, plants improve air quality and provide energy-rich oxygen. By removing toxins in the air, capturing dust, and pushing out fresh oxygen, plants allow you to take a breath of fresh air inside.

Higher Level of Well-Being

Happiness dramatically impacts workers’ performance. Operating in an enjoyable environment keeps employees happy and healthy. A report conducted by Human Spaces noticed a 15 percent increase in well-being when plants were incorporated into a work environment.

If you’re thinking this all sounds amazing, but there is no way you can fit potted plants throughout your healthcare facility, we have a solution: green walls. Vertical gardens give you all the benefits of indoor greenery, even with limited space, beautifying an already existing wall area.

Increased Patient Recovery Time

The common goal of everyone inside a healthcare facility is to leave healthier. Integrating foliage into hospitals has been shown to reduce time spent in rehabilitation. Providing patients the ability to go back to normal life more quickly, but also have a better quality of life while there.

Here are some examples GSky Plant Systems has designed, installed, and currently maintain:

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic’s wellness offerings and services for healthy individuals and patients help improve their overall wellness. To compliment the center’s comprehensive approach to wellness, GSky installed a Versa Wall® to accent the lobby with living, breathing plants that will transform the interior into a relaxing oasis for the patients. The Versa Wall® is a fantastic display of living art that represents Mayo Clinic’s commitment to providing the best care to every patient.

Sparrow Health System

Sparrow has grown to become the Mid-Michigan region’s largest health system, and its diverse range of facilities offer residents some of the most advanced medical technology available in the world.

Sparrow has two Lansing campuses, Sparrow Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. Johns, Sparrow Ionia Hospital in Ionia, and an affiliate hospital, Carson City Hospital. The health system has dozens of satellite care centers. Sparrow also offers the Michigan Athletic Club, a 276,000 square foot facility voted one of the country’s top health clubs.

Hudson Spine

GSky has installed six Versa Walls® at Hudson Spine & Pain Medicine, located in New York, NY. Hudson Spine & Pain Medicine, led by Dr. Jonathann Kuo, is a multi-specialty medical practice focused on Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, and Wellness.

Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan North Health Center opened its doors in January 1995 making it Dayton’s first comprehensive facility devoted exclusively to outpatient care. With a commitment to putting patients first, Good Samaritan North Health Center’s newly renovated reception area incorporates a Versa Wall® system is designed for comfort, convenience, and reassurance.

Maine General Hospital

Kennebec Valley’s leading healthcare provider and Maine’s third-largest health care system, Maine General Hospital is a comprehensive non-profit organization. This 140 square foot Versa Wall® is situated in a waiting area for patients, accompanying them as they wait to be treated.

Carlingwood Dental

From general dentistry to cutting-edge procedures, Carlingwood Dental Centre employs the latest educational and technological advances to help you get the bite you need and the smile you want. Located at the front entrance, this Versa Wall® greets patients as they enter the building and nearby the staff throughout the day. 

Gilchrist Hospice Center

Gilchrist Hospice Care, a non-profit organization, is the largest hospice in Maryland and provides the highest quality hospice and support services, whether home-based or inpatient, to thousands of individuals and families residing throughout Central Maryland each year.

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