30 Jan GSky Surpasses 500 Versa Wall® Indoor Living Walls

Milestone for Innovative and Efficient Green Wall Design

Delray Beach, FL – GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a global industry leader in the design and production of interior and exterior green walls, announces the recent installation of the 500th Versa Wall® indoor green wall system, ideal for adding sustainable design to interior space at any scale. Engineered with a unique tray design for simplified installation and maintenance – plus higher water efficiency – the Versa Wall® is a versatile and long-lasting green solution for shopping malls, residences, corporate campuses, hotels, restaurants, and more.

GSky Versa Wall® customers include Fortune 500 companies, international airports, hotels, healthcare centers, and major universities with multiple locations. The Versa Wall®’s modular design allows for quick and easy installation, including around architectural features like doors and windows. Each Versa Wall® plant remains in its own four-inch pot, so full-grown plants can be swapped in quickly and cleanly, and walls can be redesigned at minimal cost to add seasonal color.

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, enhances productivity, and can be a branding feature for corporations.

GSky and its dealer network design, install, and maintain all Versa Wall® systems, giving customers creative control over a marquee feature that lasts. GSky’s comprehensive maintenance program with hardware coverage and plant guarantee protects every Versa Wall® with the most experienced team of vertical garden professionals in North America.

For more information on the Versa Wall® and examples of Versa Wall® installations from around the world, visit gsky.com/versa/.Cleantech La Living Green Wall

18 Dec Deck the Walls: Holiday Decorating With Living Plants

‘Tis The Season

Nothing rings in the holiday cheer like bold decor. While strings of lights and Frasier fir are the classic choices for holiday motifs, they are certainly not the only options when it comes to decorating. From wreaths to garland, there is no shortage of ways to bring the outdoors in for the holiday season.

Decor Without The Chore

GSky clients have the advantage of the perfect canvas when using our Versa Wall for festive design. For a quick and easy holiday embellishment, leave it to the pros and let us update your living wall. One of the simplest updates is adding a burst of color to complement your greenery. In red, pink or white, poinsettias add a lovely brightness to any living wall and are a festive choice for the season. 

Other Festive Foliage

Whether you have sprawling spaces to spruce up or you’re just looking to incorporate some seasonal cheer without breaking the bank, living plants offer a beautiful aesthetic—and even some stress relief!—to help you dress your home or office for the holidays, and we’re here to help. White, green and red are the traditional choices for the holiday season, additional colors can be just as beautiful. Some of our favorite festive plants include poinsettia, amaryllis, English ivy and mistletoe. We’ve completed holiday and other projects that run the gamut from soaring office lobbies to entire botanical gardens.

Of course, whether your space is big or small, home or office, indoors or out, no holiday decor is complete without a few boughs of holly and some classic seasonal tunes.

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18 Nov Enhancing Living Walls With Additional Design Elements

Living walls can make an incredible impact on the design of any space, be it large, small, indoors or outdoors. They bring a vibrant, eco-friendly element that perfectly balances the design of man alongside natural beauty. To further enhance living walls, here at GSky, we regularly install design elements that can transform the space. Here are few of our personal favorites.

Fins

Fins are architectural design components that offer a louvered look, creating an aesthetic that is at once simple and ornate. For the GSky installation at Netflix, for example, the fins are designed to be an extension of the existing building, drawing the eye in a continual gaze from the ceiling rafters to the living wall. For another client, Divco, the fins place emphasis on the living wall itself, drawing sharp focus to the center. Divco Netflix

Water

Leonard Da Vinci once famously said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Perhaps that’s one of the reasons we humans have such an architectural affinity for it. Water elements, like the one installed at AWeber, a client out of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, bring both visual and auditory elements to the mix, creating a peaceful atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Signage

A brand’s name and logo function as the face of the organization. They are the driving visual components of a company, and so it stands to reason that branded signage—when done correctly—can be a powerful visual to incorporate within a living wall design.   Versa Wall® at BSE Global in Brooklyn, New York.Versa Wall XT® at Proctor and Gamble in Inwood, West Virginia.

Monitors

While we tend to appreciate the natural components of living walls, in some instances, pairing them with technology can really amp up the appeal. The Twitter office in Cambridge, Massachusetts did just that, designing a beautiful green wall with undulating plants around a branded monitor. Twitter monitor on living wall

Versa Wall® at Twitter in Boston, Massachusetts.

Metalic elements 

Because of the unique way they capture and reflect light, metallic elements bring a subtle and sophisticated sheen to any design scheme. With this wall installed at Vancouver International Airport, metallic blocks and a variety of green and yellow plants are arranged in an alternating pattern, giving passersby a quick pause of elemental beauty during their busy travels.

Pro Wall® at Vancouver International Airport.

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22 Oct Does Your Lobby Make The Right First Impression?

In most businesses, the lobby is the welcoming center, sitting at the forefront of virtually every business interaction. The lobby is where visitors and clients have their first view of your organization, where they’ll wait for meetings, and so much more. But have you ever stopped to really think about what kind of impression your lobby makes? Is a client going to remember blank white walls? Probably not. Artwork? Perhaps. But for a lasting impression that is equally impressive and inviting, consider the addition of a stunning vertical garden to your reception area.

Living wall lobby Versa Wall® at Three Ravinia Drive in Atlanta, Georgia.

Green Walls: A Healthy Consideration

As green walls gain popularity, business owners and developers alike are recognizing their benefits. Thanks to living, breathing plants, green walls improve air quality with natural air filtration, reducing pollutants and keeping things fresh. With thoughtful design, green walls can also help deaden sound in large spaces, preventing noisy echoing. What’s more: A flourishing green wall is good for your health! There is increasing evidence that indoor plants positively affect our minds and our bodies, specifically as it relates to psychophysiological stress responses, alertness and energy levels.

Green wall lobby Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Versa Wall® at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Hutchinson Island, Florida.

The Push for Sustainability

The push for green walls is also part of the move toward sustainability in construction design. Green building initiatives are attracting a lot of well-deserved attention for their contribution to improving mankind’s footprint on the planet.

green wall lobby embassy suites amarillo Versa Wall® at Embassy Suites in Amarillo, Texas.

Beauty in Design

Green walls are more than just an environmental initiative; they truly are at the cutting edge of design. Living walls offer an inviting appeal like no other, captivating people with unique distinguishing factors that add incredible visual impact and a sense of elegance to every project.

green wall lobby bse global Versa Wall® at BSE Global in Brooklyn, New York.

Transform Space

From health to sustainability to great design, green walls can completely transform any space. If you’re ready to give your lobby an uplift, give us a call.

green wall lobby Paraiso Complex Versa Wall® at Paraiso Complex in Miami, Florida.

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25 Sep Incorporate a Green Wall for Parking Garages

Parking garages are critical components of urban design, but they don’t have to be all function and no fashion. Today’s architects are elevating the design of modern parking structures by balancing structural soundness, sustainability, and aesthetics, and incorporating a variety of natural elements.

Living wall on a parking garage Basic Wall® at Yoo on the Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

More Jungle, Less Concrete

Most of us don’t give a second thought to where we park our cars when we go shopping or to the doctor or to work. But parking structures are a crucial component of community planning. Without them, our city streets would be even more congested, and accessibility to retail, offices and other buildings would be limited. Parking garages afford us multistory spaces that free up our common areas and make our cities more enjoyable.   

Green wall in Hyde Resort & Residences Basic Wall® at Hyde Resort & Residences in Hollywood, Florida.

Adding Delight to the Dull

Installing a green wall onto a concrete structure brings life to an otherwise mundane piece of architecture. Living walls improve the style of the framework while reducing noise and air pollution.

Vertical garden in Delaware Pro Wall® at Incyte Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biophilia in Design

Another great aspect of this green trend in parking garages is Biophilia. Scientifically speaking, humans are attracted to nature. Biophilia is a philosophy that refers to mankind’s biological connections to the natural world around us. Biophilic design takes this concept into the architectural realm, placing deep emphasis on incorporating the natural world into the environments we build. Decorative living walls and green spaces like GSky delivers are deeply rooted in biophilic design, bringing beauty and well-being to what might otherwise be rigid, concrete gray cityscapes.

parking garages with green walls Pro Wall® at Transwestern in Los Angeles, California.

Endless Possibilities

Artistic and unique plant design complements the architecture of any parking garage. Interior or exterior, understated or expansive, GSky has a variety of green walls to suit every climate and location.

Green wall with parking garage at night Pro Wall® at Transwestern in Los Angeles, California.

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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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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.

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