New Living Roof @ Market & Van Ness

When the City bought the old Bank of America building on the southeast corner of Market and Van Ness in 2007, the plan was to remodel it to be Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) certified for existing buildings. One of the more visible improvements is the addition of a 9,500 ft2 living roof planted with California native plants like western sword fern, coast poppy, seacliff buckwheat and California fuchsia. The new plants are fed by a new 6,500 gallon rainwater harvesting tank and have attracted bees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and even the world’s largest Painted Lady “caterpillar”.

See below for some images and click here to see a time lapse video of the construction process.