Five Recent Canadian Silva Cell Installations

Mississauga Civic Square soil cells - before

Mississauga Civic Square in 2010, at the time of installation

I like to periodically share information about recent Silva Cell installations, and today’s roundup is all Canadian projects – many for which we have before and after pictures. The soil volumes, applications, and age of these projects vary, so make sure to pay attention to the installation summaries for each. The above picture is from an installation at Mississauga Civic Square in 2010. Click through to see the after picture!

Mississauga Civic Square soil cells - after

The trees at Mississauga Civic Square in summer 2013

Mississauga Civic Square (Mississauga, ON)
Designer: Janet Rosenberg & Studio
Contractor: Pave Al Ltd.
Installed: November 2010
Trees: 16
Silva Cells: 1,010 frames and 830 decks
Soil volume per tree: approx. 630 cubic feet

Old Kingston Road soil cells - before

Old Kingston Road in 2010 at the time of installation

Old Kingston Road soil cells - after

Old Kingston Road in summer 2013

Old Kingston Road (Pickering, ON)
Designer: Aecom – Coburg
Contractor: Wyndale Paving Co. Ltd.
Installed: November 2010
Trees: 32
Silva Cells: 760 frames and 380 decks
Soil volume per tree: approx. 250 cubic feet

Goldstone Elementary School soil cell installation

An installation at Goldstone Park Elemenary school is providing soil to nine playground trees

Goldstone Park Elementary School soil cells

Goldstone Park Elementary School Silva Cell installation took place in August 2013

Goldstone Park Elementary School (Surrey, BC)
Designer: Craven Houston Powers Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Contractor: Olivit Construction
Installed: August 2013 (no after picture available yet)
Trees: 9
Silva Cells: 130 frames and 70 decks
Soil volume per tree: approx. 150 cubic feet

First Avenue rooftop soil cells - before

Midway through the installation on the First Avenue rooftop in 2008

First avenue rooftop soil cell tree in 2013

The tree on the First Avenue rooftop, as seen from the street, in 2013

First Avenue Rooftop (Vancouver, BC)
Designer: eckford tyacke + associates (formerly Eckford & Associates)
Contractor: Houston Landscapes
Installed: October 2008
Trees: 1
Silva Cells: 40 frames and 20 decks
Soil volume per tree: approx. 450 cubic feet

3rd Avenue Saskatoon soil cells installation

3rd Avenue in 2010, the installation nearly completed

3rd Avenue Saskatoon soil cells - after (2013)

The trees along 3rd Avenue in Saskatoon in summer 2013

3rd Avenue (Saskatoon, SK)
Designer: City of Saskatoon
Contractor: n/a
Installed: April 2010
Trees: 26
Silva Cells: 720 frames and 360 decks
Soil volume per tree: approx. 300 cubic feet

To learn more about these installations, or any other Canadian projects, contact mjames [at] deeproot [dot] com.

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