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GreenScaped Buildings Installs Living Wall for Law Firm
Wall for Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch a first for California law firms
(San Diego) – Unprecedented momentum behind environmental issues is transforming the business community. Going green, concerns about climate change and global warming are changing work environments and everyday ways of doing business that couldn’t be imagined even a few years ago.
The San Diego-based law firm Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch has committed to reducing its carbon footprint and operating in a sustainable way. When it started planning to move into new office space at 525 B Street downtown, the firm incorporated sustainable building principles with original design and technology features into its new offices, including a first of its kind “living wall” as part of its two-story open air contemplation garden at the top of the 22 story building.
Living walls or green walls are systems that allow plant materials to grow on vertical spaces indoors or outdoors. Unlike traditional trellises, these systems support soil or inorganic growing medium so that the plants are not rooted into the ground. These innovative types of walls grow in “found space,” using far less floor space than typical gardens.
Businesses such as restaurants across the nation are embracing edible living walls, but it is still rare for occupants of traditional business space to incorporate these sustainable elements into their buildings. The wall at Procopio was installed by Jim Mumford of GreenScaped Buildings of San Diego. Mumford is well-known as one of San Diego’s “Eco-Warriors,” an emerging expert in sustainable building and a green roof and green wall pioneer.
Tom Turner, Managing Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, said “In designing our new office space we have tried to add as many elements as possible to make our operation sustainable, as well as to create a people-friendly environment, including the skylight that spills natural sunlight through a glass stairwell into the top four floors of the building. The green wall not only makes a bold statement about our commitment to the environment, it also makes a strikingly beautiful addition to our unique open air contemplation garden. Jim Mumford is at the cutting edge of a terrific trend, and we are pleased to be a part of it.”
“Procopio is creating a healthy, natural environment literally from thin air,” says Mumford. “So many of us care about the environment and the legacy we are leaving our children. It’s important to us that we do business with people and firms who think the same way we do. It’s smart for a law firm to demonstrate its commitment to the future through the thoughtful way it has designed its unique workspace.”
Mumford constructed and planted the wall over the course of two weeks at the law firm. It is composed of two 64 square foot sections on a north facing wall. Each is made up of 73 individual plants, all commonly known houseplants including Imperial red philodendrons, variegated spider plant, golden pothos, mother and bird’s nest ferns, arrowhead plants, and various colorful bromeliads.
Mumford has been growing green walls as part of his living laboratory at GreenScaped Buildings, using various methods and products that contribute to low impact development, sustainability and restorative buildings. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of his green roof and walls, they produce increases in biodiversity, cooling buildings and reducing of the urban heat island effect, carbon sequestration, cleaning the air of particulates and adding oxygen.
Mumford has installed an edible wall at Chef Mario Batali’s restaurant Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood, California, as well as a green wall at San Diego Urban Corps, along with several other smaller commercial and residential projects.
“The explosion of interest in green walls is nothing short of amazing,” said Mumford. “Green roofs are wonderful but not practical for everyone. Green walls can be built for a fraction of the cost in many more places and unlike green roofs, easily seen and appreciated up close.
“We can now bring nature into our everyday workspaces in a way I never imagined when I was first planting pots in building lobbies 30 years ago,” says Mumford. “It’s the most exciting development to hit our industry in modern history. The real credit goes to people like the management of Procopio who are leading the way and generating awareness of sustainability issues with this project at their new offices.”
The new building is one of the first in San Diego to obtain LEED® Certification for Existing Buildings, while Procopio is pursuing its own LEED® Certification for Commercial Interiors.
For additional information, visit www.greenscapedbuildings.com and www.procopio.com
About GreenScaped Buildings
After more than 30 years of providing award-winning plantscaping service and design to the region as the owner of Good Earth Plant Company, Jim Mumford and GreenScaped Buildings has expanded the focus to include green roofs, living walls, and rainwater harvesting systems. Mumford’s passion for low impact development, sustainability and restorative buildings will cultivate a legacy through GreenScaped Buildings for which future generations can be proud.