Toronto, ON – Flynn Canada, Canada’s leading building envelope trade contractor, is honored to receive the Caterpillar Award of Excellence for Commercial Landscape Construction/Installation for their work on the Toronto City Hall Green Roof Project. This is the first time that a green roof has ever won the award as well as the first time Flynn Canada has been honored with the award.
The Toronto City Hall installation is Toronto’s largest publicly accessible vegetative roof. Featuring approximately 36,000 sq. ft. of LiveRoof® modules, the plant mix contains grasses, sedums, and perennials. Gravel pathways with concrete and wooden benches create a walkable park atop the podium deck open to visitors of Nathan Phillips Square. The entire podium deck covers approximately 120,000 sq. ft.
LiveRoof Ontario, Inc., a division of Hillen Nursery, Inc., grew the city hall’s green roof at their nursery near London. LiveRoof Ontario and Flynn Canada have collaborated on multiple projects. Most recently, the two companies completed the Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. The green roof features over 67,000 sq. ft. (1.5 acres) of trial-tested and proven plants.
Green roofs provide more than beauty; their vegetation soaks up rainfall and reduces storm water runoff. Additionally, they help reduce rooftop temperatures during summer, thereby protecting and extending the life of the roof membrane. In addition to using plants well-established in soil specially engineered for the extremes of a rooftop environment, the LiveRoof system features a patent-pending hybrid design combining the best features of all green roof systems. The system’s unique design allows for reduced municipal maintenance costs for the city hall’s green roof.
About Flynn Canada
As part of Flynn Canada Ltd., Gardens in the Sky has the advantage of being part of Canada’s leading building envelope trade contractor. Gardens in the Sky delivers outstanding green roofs and roof gardens for commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. They offer customized solutions to address the unique conditions on roof tops from concept, design assist, technical consultation, installation and maintenance. They foster partnerships with professionals, provide horticultural expertise and leadership in the creation of green roofs by inspiring, informing and enabling environmental initiatives.
About LiveRoof Ontario, Inc.: LiveRoof Ontario is the largest modular green roof producer in Ontario, Canada. They have supplied over 350,000 sq. ft. of modular green roofs to date. Located 20 minutes west of London, Ontario, in the quaint, agriculturally rich, town of Mount Brydges, LiveRoof Ontario, Inc. is a part of Hillen Nursery, Inc., one of the most trusted and respected nurseries in the industry. A family owned and operated company since 1983, Peter and Ellie Hillen are proud of their humble beginnings and remain as dedicated and passionate about this industry as they were over 25 years ago. Hillen Nursery Inc. is continually expanding and improving their production in an effort to bring new innovative products to you their valued customer
About LiveRoof®: Based in Spring Lake, Michigan, LiveRoof, LLC is the top horticultural science company in the green roof industry. Exceptional in design and function, the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System is the most refined horticultural solution. LiveRoof establishes a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that covers the rooftop with seamless vegetation. Licensed regional growers customize plant selection for every LiveRoof project. They deliver the system’s modules abundantly vegetated with locally cultivated, full-grown plants for an instant green roof and trouble-free ownership. LiveRoof’s natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance with ultra-low maintenance costs. The proof is on the roof — showcased in over 800 installations that total more than 3 million square feet.