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The Strand Case Study: Revamping Safety, Accessibility, and Clean Air via Green Infrastructure

– Liverpool’s famous The Strand, which runs past the historic Royal Albert Docks, will benefit from a two-part urban renewal project that includes green infrastructure throughout its highly trafficked corridor.  – Efficiency for all modes of travel – including cars, bicycles, and public transport – while centering on pedestrian safety and public health, are just... More

Silva Cell® 13 Years, 21 Countries, 2,200+ Projects and Counting

The Silva Cell has been the gold standard for soil cell products since we pioneered the industry in 2008. Integrating trees, soil and stormwater has created a revolution in green infrastructure, bringing the environmental effectiveness of the forest to the city throughout the UK, Canada, USA and 18 other countries around the world. A critical... More

Green Infrastructure and the 3 Cs: Alexandra Park Case Study

This is the second of a series of five featuring case studies that illustrate the need for a paradigm shift for how streets and sidewalks are designed and constructed, from the old linear view of city infrastructure to a new paradigm for green infrastructure that is based on Creativity, Collaboration, and Compromise (CC&C). This post... More

Silva Cells Shine at Award-Winning Pike & Rose in Maryland: Case Study

– 1,300 Silva Cells help make tree health and urban forestry health central to a new sustainable development in North Bethesda, Maryland. – 40 sidewalk trees at the 24-acre Pike & Rose development have ample tree root support to grow strong, maturing for generations. – Community and resilience are at the heart of the Pike... More

Edmonton Federal Building: The Centennial Plaza Chooses Silva Cell

A Green Infrastructure Champion – The Federal Building in Edmonton, Alberta, was unoccupied and lifeless for over two decades (1988–2010). Now, the renovated Art Deco building is occupied, integrated with its newly created plaza space and streetscapes with thriving greenery.  – A five-year construction renewal project from 2010–2015 included the installation of 3,000 (2X and... More

Silva Cells’ Star Performance at Wembley: A Case Study

– The world’s most well-known and recognized stadium, which went from seeing 2 million visitors a year to 9 million by 2016, is getting its entryway revamped complete with green infrastructure. – The sheer scale and complexity of this project required a flexible long-term tree growth solution that accommodated numerous underground utilities. – Silva Cell... More

Silva Cell Allows for Efficient Soil Filling: Saving Time and Cost

The installation experience with Silva Cells is the most efficient on the market. Part of what makes the installation process straightforward, smooth, and easy is how our contractor partners fill the Silva Cells with soil. The Silva Cell was designed with ease of construction in mind, keeping the needs of the tree in the forefront.... More

Green Infrastructure and the 3 Cs: 300 Front St. Case Study, Toronto

Creating a Standard for a Green Infrastructure Sidewalk This is the first of a series of five posts featuring case studies that illustrate the need for a paradigm shift for how streets and sidewalks are designed and constructed. This new paradigm for Green Infrastructure is based on Creativity, Collaboration, and Compromise (CC&C), and is demonstrated... More

Guilds Lofts Courtyard—The Yards of DC: Silva Cell Case Study

– Silva Cells help deliver on-site stormwater management that integrates water, soil, and tree roots through bioretention. – Eight trees each have 800 ft3 of soil and manage 1,600 gallons of stormwater at The Guild Lofts with 282 2X Silva Cells. – Water is captured on-site from the roof to the ground. The plaza where... More

Silva Cells’ Structural Independence Means There’s Never a Need for Onsite Modification

A question we’re sometimes asked is, “can Silva Cells be cut?” Meaning, can they be modified in the field to fit around obstructions? The short answer is no. We do not advise cutting or in any way modifying individual Silva Cells. Think of it like playing the game Jenga, where you stack up rectangular wood... More