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D & D Building, Inc. of Wyoming, Mich., erected the 324 sq. ft. 30' x 10' 8" green wall at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The east orientation of the green wall, the plant zone and the need for the plants to "over-winter well" were all considerations for the plant palette. LiveWall suggested 'Blue Wonder' catmint, purple Bergenia, plus two varieties of geraniums and Coral Bells. The wall design creates distinct blocks of color with flowers that bloom at varied times during the growing season.


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Recessed and affixed to the wall are aluminum rails and mounting tracks that accommodate 30 8" and 255 16" planter modules and irrigation conduits. Hortech Inc. grew 500 plants over the winter in the LiveWall planter inserts, so that the plants would be hearty at the time of the installation.


The 30' tall green wall on the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Culinary/Allied Health Building was constructed with the LiveWall® system, which supports plants as nature intended--roots growing downward, stems and leaves growing up.

Many green wall installations are retrofits, but the new building was construction with a green wall as an integral design element. The green wall has three components: plastic planter modules, module liners (for growing plants off-site) and rails with mounting tracks and irrigation conduits. The rails attach to the wall; the planter modules are secured into the rail slots; and the pre-planted liners inserted into the modules.

The green wall is set between sets of windows on three sides, which make the areas that frame the green wall light and bright. Their green and blue glass colors symbolize earth and sky to express the project's design goal.

Parts of the 13-acre site on which the Healthy Living Campus was constructed were flood-prone. The project included moving and adjusting Portage Creek to decrease flooding in the area. There is landscaping and a new trail along the creek, and pervious paving for the parking lot.



As seen in LASN magazine, June 2017.






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