It’s tough to put into words the pride we feel from completing a major new roof deck, terrace or garden project. Luckily, our incredible clients have done it for us. We are extremely proud to have received this email from Andy Loftus, General Superintendent and Project Manager for New Line Structures, the GC at Gotham, Tishman Speyer’s massive commercial project in LIC. We couldn’t ask for a better client than New Line, this project has been a truly rewarding experience from every angle. Thank you, Andy!
“This craning operation was perfectly planned out and perfectly executed on the day of the crane event (rooftop tree mobilization). You had as many supervisors on-site as you did workforce and this is a rarity these days and it was very much appreciated. If every contractor operated this way our daily oversight with regards to safety and work would be significantly reduced. Again “Thank you and you team” and we’re excited to see the end results of the 5th floor setback.”
-Andy Loftus, General Superintendent and Project Manager, New Line Structures
The massive rooftop park, a full acre of green space five stories up, connects the two commercial towers, both fully leased. Our team craned 88 populus trees to the fifth-floor space, installing them along with over 25,000 perennials and native grasses, including salvia, carex, eragrostis, viburnum and persicara. The ‘park in the sky’ is the largest elevated garden in the area, cementing the JACX’s domination among commercial projects in Long Island City.
On the Brooklyn waterfront nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges is 45 Main Street, a 475,000 square-foot office building and one of the signature properties of the neighborhood known as DUMBO. Here, developer Two Trees Management has converted the former factory building to create a mix of private and co-working spaces with incredible views a short walk to the waterfront. With the ground floor dedicated to retailers and the arts, the rooftop is a 9,500 square-foot shared space designed by Landscape Architect James Corner Field Operations and built by Blondie’s Treehouse Inc. We retrofitted the rooftop on this historic building with a mix of stone and wood surfaces. A herringbone pattern of grey and white granite creates a distinct area for blue bistro tables. In the south section of the rooftop an elevated ipe platform introduces an additional level for more casual lounging. Large planters of weathered Corten Steel feature Gleditsia, Amalenchier, Dogwood and Witchhazel as well as perennials and grasses. Custom ipe benches create privacy seating and serve as space dividers along the north and east walls. To install this project on time, Blondie’s brought in a 140-ton crane and secured permits allowing the closure of Washington Street. In a single morning, we lifted 250 cubic yards of soil and drainage stone, twenty-five 15’ trees, each with 30” root balls, 1,600 one gallon perennials as well as pavers and a variety of construction materials. Without the crane, this material would have required the freight elevators for a solid week, a difficult prospect in a busy building at full occupancy. Over a period of nearly four weeks, Blondie’s craftsmen and gardeners fabricated custom woodwork and planters and carefully planted thousands of perennials, shrubs and trees, transforming this rooftop from an empty and unutilized space into a fully realized, functional and quite gorgeous urban landscape.
Sempergreen® Vertical Systems is the creator and supplier of SemperGreenwalls, a unique vertical garden system. With a global reach and a mission to improve the quality of life through innovations in sustainable design, Sempergreen is the leading source of green living wall systems for indoor and outdoor use. Blondie’s Treehouse Inc. is a Preferred SemperGreenwall Installer. Companies with this distinction are recognized by Sempergreen for their proven installation skills and deep knowledge of the product, with an emphasis on quality, execution and client happiness. The SemperGreenwall is composed of modular Flexipanels, which arrive fully planted with lush, fully-grown plants. Flexipanels employ a generous 2” thick mineral wool based profile designed to nourish the plants by promoting and protecting robust, healthy root systems. The SemperGreenwall is truly a modular system, in that neighboring Flexipanels allow each plant’s roots to roam freely between panels, keeping plants healthier and creating a 3-dimensional vertical garden. A key innovation is the electronic sensory system that monitors the irrigation and distribution of fertilizer and nutrients. This cutting edge technology allows for remote monitoring and pinpoint accuracy, creating a highly efficient maintenance program with unmatched results.
Blondie’s Treehouse is proud to present the newly completed, 11,000 square foot roof deck at 50 West 23rd Street, a conversion project by developer Two Trees Management. Sitting atop the 11th floor, this space is perhaps the most complex and amenity-rich rooftop spaces anywhere in the Flatiron district.
Budgeted at $2MM and designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architect responsible for the High Line, Blondie’s Treehouse’s team of 35 gardeners and tradespeople built this treasure on budget and ahead of schedule. Led by the team of Tina Dituri, Director of Design and Construction, and Charles Casanova, Director of Sales, the scope included translating the Design Development set of drawings and specifications into a complete and realized piece of architecture.
By controlling the entire project from the bid through the shop process, Blondie’s utilized their in-house team and extensive network of local fabricators. Highlights include a stacked ipe deck detail, custom CorTen steel edging, a made-to-order laser cut CorTen screen, pavers, lounges, and a tech bar.
Plants need water, plain and simple. A ready supply of water is a precursor to the success of each and every garden. In addition to carefully selecting the right plants for a project and amending soil conditions, Blondie’s Designers and Project Managers choose an appropriate irrigation system for each new garden. An automatic irrigation system ensures that each plant receives the proper amount of water, delivered at exactly the right time. When properly programmed, irrigation systems help gardens to achieve peak efficiency, minimizing wastewater and runoff.
Our designers and technicians have years of experience providing a complete range of irrigation services, including:
– Mapping and installing irrigation systems
– Seasonal monitoring and maintenance
– Repairs and replacements
– System start up and year end winterization
– Retrofits and upgrades of existing irrigation systems
Our clients range from residential rooftops to large scale commercial gardens; freestanding containers on 30sf terraces to 20,000 sf green roofs; from single zone to multi, wireless sensor systems, drip, fixed spray sprinklers, in-ground rotors and pop-ups… you name it, Blondie’s is your full service irrigation provider.