Due to our extensive green roof design and construction experience, Mark Morrison was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the challenges of constructing green roofs. Our recent work developing a green roof terrace at 1 Lincoln Plaza was featured in the article.
Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park on the border of Brooklyn and Queens is one step closer to being forever preserved as a natural open space. MKM developed the master plan for the decommissioned reservoir and lead the reclassification effort of the dam to a low-hazard zone. This reclassification effort opened the door to the current pursual of a Critical Environment Area designation and to the proposed inclusion of the site on the National and State Historic Registers. Once the process is complete, the natural area and trails of Ridgewood Reservoir will be preserved for generations to come.
Read more about it in the Queens Chronicle.
Mark returned to his alma mater to speak. His talk "Replacing Green" covered the challenges of replacing the quantities of lost nature on an urban project site.
Mark K Morrison spoke about Planting Media for Greenroofs on December 9, 2016 at the 1st Annual Urban Soils Symposium - "Soils of Our City" - hosted by Brooklyn College. Mark presented the technical aspects of green roof growing media as well as a series of innovative projects to a group of scientists and designers. Attendees were excited to hear about initiatives MKM has pioneered for adding plant diversity to their intensive and semi-intensive green roofs.
"A really impressive group of people, with great talks and fantastic discussions! We have been receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on the day - some even say it was the best (symposium) they have ever attended."
- NYC Urban Soils Institute
“Hanging in this playground is practically a rite of passage for Upper West Side kids. The shady space has a pair of play sets to please climbers of all sizes and skill levels. The sandbox offers plenty of all-ages fun and there are swings for big and little kids alike. The namesake pachyderms add a little whimsy to the space, offering a creative spot to climb in any season or cool down with in the summer—thanks to the gentle spray flowing from them.”
-By Jody Mercier, NYC's Best Playgrounds: 14 Parks Worthy of a Subway Schlep (9/2/16)
MKM has been hired as the primary design consultant to redevelop Skyview playground in Bronx, NY, and also MKM served as project landscape architect during the construction period.
Green roof construction at 114 5th Avenue is completed. MKM has been working with the L & L Holding company to transform the upper terrace of a commercial building at 114 Fifth Avenue into an amenity for lunch, evening events and meetings.