Green ceiling: World’s largest green roof soon to cover newly renovated Vallco Shopping Center in Cupertino


Courtesy of Holly Langbein

Sandy Hill Property Company will add the world’s largest green roof above the future town center for Cupertino. The plan is shown in the featured image.

With a $3 billion plan, Vallco Shopping Center’s new owners will renovate the old mall and build the “largest green roof in the world” on top of it.

Called “The Hills at Vallco,” the project, initiated by Sandy Hill Property Company, incorporates the community’s opinions and matches with Cupertino’s General Plan. The new center will also act as a town center for the community and downtown Cupertino.

“I definitely feel like we are certainly on the cutting edge of sustainability and technology,” Harker Green Team adviser Diana Moss said. “Companies all around the area and our school, as an example of that, are trying to be more conscientious of what we are doing to create a livable society. I think I’m very energized and excited about seeing that kind of thing happen.”

The 30 acre green roof will include 3.8 miles of walking and jogging trails with a variety of gardens and orchards for visitors’ pleasure.

California’s drought proves as another factor to consider while building the green roof.
“The Hills at Vallco, which is designed with a goal of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification, will use recycled water for irrigation, heating, cooling systems and recapture of rainwater to reduce water consumption,” said Sandy Hill Property Company’s managing director Reed Moulds. “Additionally, the sustainable park will feature native, drought tolerant and climate responsive landscaping that thrives on little to no water.”

The project also includes a contribution of $400 million to local schools.

This piece was originally published in the pages of The Winged Post on October 16, 2015.