A beautiful sunny day, a lot of smiling seniors, and a deep feeling of satisfaction…these were some of the highlights of an afternoon full of them for Greensulate as we celebrated the grand opening of Serviam Gardens, a 243-unit, green affordable housing development for low-and moderate-income seniors in Bronx, NY this past Tuesday. The project has been in development for over two years, and was built by the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation.
A stunning intensive green roof tops this fantastic green building, and it was there where a lovely lunch was served to celebrate this healthy green home located in the densely urban area. Bamboo seating areas, pergolas, kitchen herbs, a vast array of sedum, and several birch trees – the roof is like an instant trip abroad, a place where you can take a deep breath, kick up your feet, and simply relax. In addition to the green roof, there are many other energy efficient technologies in this building including rain water catchment systems that will provide all the water for the roof’s irrigation system.
Dylan Donahue and Jamison Hinder (pictured above) – two Greensulate employees who worked on the project’s installation – were there to fete the grand opening of the stunning green roof that featured carpentry by the amazing City Beautiful Carpentry, whose owner, Gary Baum, was also in attendance. Staffers from Robin Key Landscape Architecture, who donated their work pro bono, were also there.
Several other Greensulate staffers who contributed to the project, including Machias Schoen, Matthew Moghaddam, and Adrian Wilton were busy installing a green roof at the Lycee de Francais on the Upper East Side and unfortunately couldn’t make it. Their contributions, and those of former Greensulator and green roof professional Gustav Gauntlett, were toasted in absentia.