Dansko Green Roof & the Furbish Company

Posted in green roof, Jobsite Photos, News Link on November 30, 2009

October’s issue of Roofing Contractor magazine featured a great article titled “Reducing the Carbon Footprint” written by Michael Furbish.  The article’s title is a double entendre – Dansko is a progressive shoe maker, employee owned business with a strong community and environmental conscience.  The project profiled is a series of beautiful green roofs installed on the Dansko headquarters in West Grove, PA.  This is a project I am very fond of, not just because of the few hundred cubic yards of rooflite® the roof grows on, but also because it it the closest green roof on a LEED certified to Skyland USA’s own headquarters.

Dansko Green Roof, West Grove, PA

Michael Furbish is uniquely qualified to write about the project.  His outfit, the Furbish Company, installed the Dansko roof in May of 2008.  The project required about 140 cubic yards of rooflite® Extensive MC, 40 cubic yards of rooflite® Semi-Intensive, and 120 cubic yards of rooflite® Drain.  Roof garden design services were provided by Green Roof Service.  Upon completion of the 80,000 square foot headquarters and outlet, the building was awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.  The original print version of the Roofing Contractor article features some great photos of the project.  The October issue can be viewed online HERE, starting on page 34-35.  Additionally, given the proximity to the project, we’ve been able to follow up on this projects with some nice photos of our own, as seen below.

Based out of Baltimore, Furbish has been installing green roofs from New Jersey to Virginia since 2003.  They have a deep commitment to sustainable building approaches. And to them, its more than just about saving the environment. Green roofs and vegetated walls offer greater comfort to occupants, healthier indoor environs, lower costs to operate, and more beautiful aesthetics. They believe green building should generate cost effective solutions.

Furbish operates at a fast pace, always with multiple projects in the pipeline.  This year they’ve put in quite afe wgreen roofs since Dansko, including the6,500 square foot US Department of Interior Main Building green roof in Washington DC , the Barclays Building at Christiana Crescent in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Talbot Senior Center in Easton, Maryland; all pictured below.

So if you need a green roof or vegetated wall (bio filter) installed in the Mid Atlantic, you should make sure to get a bid from Furbish Co.