Project Profiles: Hospitality & Entertainment

B.O.B., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Roof Materials

The double-sided green wall surrounds guests with nature and provides fresh ingredients for the food they enjoy.

The double-sided green wall surrounds guests with nature and provides fresh ingredients for the food they enjoy.

The B.O.B.’s 900-square-foot Sky Patio was completed in August 2015 when its signature green wall was installed. The distinctive double-sided green wall surrounds guests with nature and provides fresh ingredients for the food they enjoy.

“Our living wall on the Sky Patio is a vivid symbol of our commitment to sustainability and support of the local environments where our restaurants are located,” says Alice Jasper, director of sustainability, the Gilmore Collection. “It greens up the exterior and interior of the rooftop patio, contributing to the beautification of downtown, making the patio more inviting from the street below and enhancing the dining experience of our guests.”

The two-sided green wall totals 608 square feet. Three exterior sections (48 inches in height) are attached to the outside of the fencing that surrounds the patio. Facing out to the street, these sections frame the Sky Patio on three sides with flowering annuals and perennials. There are five interior sections (45 1/2 inches in height), three on the inside of the perimeter fence, two on the back wall of the building. In addition to flowers, the interior sections include vegetables and herbs used in the kitchen.

The two-sided green wall totals 608 square feet.

The two-sided green wall totals 608 square feet.

“Local sourcing of ingredients is one of our main sustainable hospitality practices,” says Barbie Smith, the Gilmore Collection’s gardener. “With the green wall at the B.O.B., we grow ingredients right near the tables where our guests dine. You cannot get more local than that.”

“What chef wouldn’t want a garden with fresh herbs and produce right in their restaurant? A green wall makes it practical,” adds Mick Rickerd, chef at Bobarino’s. “We utilize the herbs in all our everyday dishes and the vegetables, like Swiss chard and rainbow carrots, in daily features. Our mixology team incorporates fresh basil, mint, lemongrass and thyme into special summer cocktails.”

Green Wall Manufacturer: LiveWall

Roof Report

The B.O.B. is the Gilmore Collection’s most ambitious project, and it exemplifies the company’s commitment to sustainability. The B.O.B. is an acronym for Big Old Building; the 70,000-square-foot, 4-story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as a grocery warehouse. It stood vacant for decades before the Gilmore Collection saved it from demolition and began its transformation into a landmark hospitality destination in downtown Grand Rapids. The B.O.B. offers multiple venues, including bars, restaurants, comedy and nightclubs, as well as the rooftop Sky Patio, which is accessible through Bobarino’s restaurant on the second floor.

Photos: LiveWall

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EcoStar Roof Is Installed on Farmhouse to be Featured on TV Show

An EcoStar roof was installed on This Old House’s 2016 Idea House in Emerson Green, a development in Devens, Mass. The Idea House focused on sustainable design, and EcoStar’s Majestic Slate was chosen for the durability and sustainability.

The Idea House, an updated farmhouse, will use less than a third of the energy of a typical new house of its size. This is done by utilizing efficient systems and sustainable building products. Majestic Slate was used on the home in Black Traditional 12-inch and Smoke Gray Chisel Point tiles. Majestic Slate is manufactured using up to 80 percent post-industrial materials. Millions of pounds of unnecessary waste are diverted annually from landfills or incarnation, and no slates are quarried for the manufacture of EcoStar synthetic slate.

An EcoStar roof offers a solution with little maintenance and can outlast the lifespan of many alternate roofing products. EcoStar products are made in the USA.

The Idea House in Emerson Green is to be featured on the TV show “This Old House” this fall.

EcoStar Synthetic Slate Roofing Tile Achieves Miami-Dade Approval

EcoStar LLC has been issued a Miami-Dade County, Fla., NOA #12-1127.04 for its Empire Slate line of synthetic slate roofing tile. Officially accepted on Nov. 7, 2013, by the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Product Control Section, Empire Slate is approved for use in Miami-Dade County as well as other areas where allowed by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Empire Slate meets the highest testing standards for wind resistance to 110 mph (D3161), Class C and Class A fire ratings (UL 790) and Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218). Empire Slate also meets the American Society for Testing and Materials standard for fungus resistance (ASTM G21-09) and carries approval from the International Code Council (ESR-3325).

Empire Slate is the second generation of synthetic slate tile made from postindustrial recycled content offered by EcoStar LLC and is backed by an available 50-year Limited Material Warranty or 50-year Gold Star Labor and Material Warranty. Available in a wide range of standard and custom colors, Empire Slate is the eco-friendly, lightweight, durable and easy-to-install alternative to natural slate roofing.