Hilldale Shopping Center – Madison, WI
DescriptionAs one of the oldest shopping destinations in Madison since opening in 1962, Hilldale is a unique collection of high-end retailers. The current redevelopment underway at Hilldale marks the reinvigoration of the stable but aging suburban shopping mall through a multi-use approach. This strategy integrates restaurants, entertainment, lodging, office space, structured parking, and additional retail.
The original development pattern of buildings surrounded by surface parking was replaced by a dense urban layout with outdoor spaces for cafes, plazas and pocket parks to create a new and inviting pedestrian environment between shops. This scheme transforms the busy mall into a street style outdoor shopping experience equipped with pedestrian walkways, social gathering spots, and lush landscaping.
GreenBlue Urban were brought in by the designers, REALM Collaborative and Saiki Design, to consult on the best way to achieve a mature tree promenade for this “street-style” shopping space. Considerations like walkability, maintenance vehicle access, and minimal closure times during construction were examined during the design of the RootSpace ArborSystem into this area. The trees along the pedestrian walkways that provided access to the various shops needed to grow into large specimen shade trees that would provide beautiful décor as well as comfort and protection from the outdoor elements.
RootSpace was used to ensure that adequate uncompacted soil volume, along with the required irrigation/aeration and root management, was provided for these trees. In addition to being made from 100% recycled plastic to help towards the sustainability of the redevelopment, RootSpace also boasts industry-leading strength being H-20 load rated with minimal surface, and provided a track record that couldn’t be matched by other systems in the market – since GreenBlue Urban invented the world’s first soil cell in 1998.
The design also incorporated a green infrastructure element to the scheme by utilizing GreenBlue Urban’s RootRain system throughout the RootSpace connected to ArborVent inlets. This provided a sustainable component for stormwater management while serving the purpose of irrigation for the trees.
A GreenBlue Urban representative was onsite for the installation to support the contractor and ensure that the process went smoothly. This onsite installation support is a free service that GreenBlue Urban provides for on most of our projects.
GreenBlue Urban was extremely helpful with design support and preparing layouts and details for the project. Thank you very much GreenBlue Urban!!"Landscape Architect, REALM Collaborative
I like the versatility of the RootSpace system and can see how it could be used on many different projects we work on."
Site Supervisor, Tri-North Builders (General Contractor)
This was our first RootSpace installation and I was a little confused by the drawings at first and wasn't sure how it all went together, but the GreenBlue representative that came to site really helped us get going on the right track. It’s a straightforward system and the installation went smoother and smoother as we progressed."
Site Foreman, The Bruce Company (Landscape Contractor)