Drexel University Home to 1570-Plus Square Foot Biofilter
BRESLAU, ON, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - NEDLAW Living Walls has completed
the installation of the largest known active living wall in the United
States. The 1570-plus square foot structure is located at Drexel
University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was designed and
installed as part of the new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building.
According to Dr. Alan Darlington, president of NEDLAW Living Walls, more
than 1100 individual plants and 20-plus different plant types were used
to fill the wall. "The active living wall at Drexel University is some
70 feet tall and over 22 feet wide," says Darlington, noting that the
wall, which incorporates the patented NEDLAW Living Walls biofilter
system, is capable of generating between 16,000 and 30,000 cubic feet
of 'virtual' outside air per minute.
The Drexel University wall was designed by NEDLAW Living Walls in
collaboration with Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects as a
key component of the sustainable design features of the Papadakis
Integrated Sciences Building, which is targeting LEED designation for
energy efficiency. The six-story, 150,000 square-foot building will
house 44 research and teaching laboratories for biomedical engineering,
biology and organic chemistry, and a fossil preparation lab. Principal
architect, Donald Schmitt, says the goal of incorporating the
five-story active living wall is to "set a new standard of
architectural and sustainable design excellence, one that will engage
students and faculty alike in an interactive environment for learning
According to Dr. Donna Murasko, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
at Drexel University, "the living wall not only improves the overall
learning environment, but also creates an opportunity for further
research into even higher quality living walls in the future."
Darlington notes that the benefits of an active living wall extend well
beyond its aesthetic contribution to the space it inhabits.
"Traditionally, air quality systems in buildings replace used, 'dirty'
indoor air with new outside air. In the summer, this new air must be
cooled and in the winter it must be heated before being distributed.
This conditioning of the new air represents a substantial portion of
the energy costs of a building. An active living wall supplies the same
quality air as what you would get outside, at a fraction of the energy
The patented biofilter system, which appears as a plant wall, is also
effective at removing a number of airborne gaseous pollutants that
negatively impact indoor air quality. It does this by connecting to the
building's air handling system that is used to draw 'dirty' indoor air
over the root zone of the plants. As part of this process, the
beneficial micro-organisms that make their home in the root zone of the
plants, use the airborne pollutants as food and break them down into
water and carbon dioxide.
Installation of the active living wall in the Papadakis Integrated
Sciences Building at Drexel University is now complete, with an
official opening scheduled for September 20th, for the upcoming academic year.
About NEDLAW Living Walls
NEDLAW's patented living wall biofilters utilize green plants and
beneficial microbes to produce high quality indoor air and beautiful
plantscapes. They are the only living walls that act as both biofilters
and plantscapes to actively remove chemicals, dust and spores from
indoor air, returning fresh air to the living environment. For more
information about NEDLAW Living Walls, visit us at www.naturaire.com.
About Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Diamond and Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is known for design excellence through unremitting attention to user
needs and innovative and sustainable design solutions. The
Toronto-based firm works worldwide designing academic buildings,
medical and research facilities, performing arts centers, mixed-use and
commercial buildings. Current projects include the Mariinsky Opera
House in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Global Innovation Exchange at
Wilfrid Laurier University, and the SickKids Hospital Research Tower in
About Drexel University
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is the 14th largest private university in the United States and ranked second among
national universities in the U.S. News list of "Up-and-Comers." Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on
experiential learning through its cooperative education program and
translational research initiatives.
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For further information:
Dr. Alan Darlington
NEDLAW Living Walls
Diamond and Schmitt Architects
416-862-8800 (ext. 454)
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