As cities seek to attract residents and visitors to the urban core, new sports-anchored mixed-use districts serve as integral parts of the equation. These facilities and surrounding districts offer critical opportunities to educate the community on sustainability, with green roof strategies serving as the framework for the conversation. Developers of sports, entertainment, retail, office, healthcare and residential projects use green roofs and walls to promote health and wellness while creating vibrant downtown spaces and districts.
In addition to the economic benefits of these districts, design strategies related to the site and landscape, transportation, materials and resources, energy, urban farming and the indoor environment can help minimize impact on the environment while improving the cities in which we live. Chris DeVolder, HOK’s sustainable design leader for Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, will discuss the impact of green roofs and walls on building healthy communities.