Nedlaw Living Walls has been awarded the contract for development and installation of a living wall system at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The 16-foot tall by 23-foot wide structure will be a key feature of the University’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE) and is scheduled for installation in June 2011.
The living wall will be located on the mezzanine level overlooking the atrium in the public area of the CSEE building and will be a vertical garden comprised of diverse tropical plant species. In addition to its role as environmental art and an interior amenity, the living wall will also contribute to indoor air quality through the recirculation and natural filtration of internal air through the growth medium, which is a unique feature of the patented Nedlaw Living Wall biofilter system.
The living wall for the CSEE was designed in collaboration with Halifax-based Barrie and Langille Architects Limited and its Toronto associate Moriyama and Teshima Architects. Michael Barrie, project team leader, notes that interest in environmental features such as living walls has increased significantly in recent years, pointing out that this is the fourth installation his firm has worked on with Nedlaw Living Walls since 2009. Two completed installations are located at the Waterfront Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in the new Centre for the Built Environment in Dartmouth, and a third is featured in the newly renovated NSCC Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax.
Installation of the living wall at the Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2011, with an official opening of CSEE slated for mid-September.