Living Wall Promotes Health, Wellness At Rutgers

Sourced from The Daily Targum

Featured in the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) building, which was completed in 2015, is the largest interior living wall in New Jersey.

“(The IFNH) underscores the commitment of Rutgers University to new transformational initiatives across the many disciplines impacting food, nutrition and health,” according to its website.

A modern steel, glass and brick structure, it also houses the Center for Childhood Nutrition Education and Research (CCNER), the Center for Lipid Research (CLR) and the Harvest Café.

The wall spans three floors next to the staircase past the labs and childhood development areas in the IFNH. Rather than a wall simply painted green, it is comprised of various species of plants, growing together on a vertical plane, seemingly rooted to the wall.

It covers approximately 1,320 square feet with more than 5,200 plants of 46 different species, and was awarded the 2016 Landscape Architectural Merit Award: Planting Design from the New Jersey Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA), according to Greenroofs.

The wall was designed by EcoWalls LLC, which was founded by Rutgers alumnus Michael Coraggio, shortly after he graduated with a degree in landscape design in 2008. EcoWalls LLC worked together with The Ballinger Company, an architectural firm, and Parker Interior Plantscape, Inc., a display company, in order to implement the design.

“(Living walls) create biodiversity, improve air quality, they can filter water and act as a bio-filter, so they’re an interesting way of solving problems,” Coraggio said, according to American Farm Publications.

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