In a very congested urban environment the rear outdoor space of Engin Co #28 in Washington DC is all concrete and brick, including pavement, walls and ceiling. SInce this is the only outdoor space for the firemen to use, a greenwall was installed to add warmth and humanize this environment. As at Engine Co #29, this green wall isn’t installed in the most prominent place to the public view, its in the rear where it can make a real difference to the building occupants. Instead of greenwashing its green warming
The site had unique challenges for the installation since there was very little working area. The planted panels were laid out in the bumper area of the parking deck and on the scaffolding, leaving little area to walk around.
The window and door openings also slowed the installation down with aligning for trim and irrigation lines.
Custom water diverters were installed at door and window heads, but due to the odd sizes these drains had to be installed in the diverters to direct the excess water to the lower panels. These fussy details all contributed to a longer than normal installation considering the total square footage of 320 sq ft.
Some panels needed to modified with these blank surfaces for pipe and electrical light fixture penetrations.
The plants in the wall range from Shady species at the bottom to partly shady varieties in the middle ,to full sun types at the top. Strawberries are interspersed throughout the wall providing fresh food as a great side benefit.