More than 300 rooflite projects in the Mid-Atlantic in 2017
Posted in Blog, Possibility, rooflite News on October 15, 2018
In honor of the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo happening in our home city of Philadelphia this year, we are excited to share that 2017 was another successful year for rooflite in the greater Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic region.
We shipped our high-quality rooflite soil products to 336 green roof projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. These installed projects cover 2,023,000 square feet of space. 44% of the projects were extensive green roofs, and 56% were intensive green roofs.
These numbers reflect a trend we’re seeing across the country – more and more buildings are starting to incorporate accessible green roofs to allow for social gatherings, interaction with nature, and amenity space. Our growing list of projects in this region is especially gratifying because our home office is located just south of Philadelphia, and we’re happy to see the region embrace green roofs.
Some notable rooflite projects in Philadelphia include the following:
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia features an innovative 145,000 square foot rooftop garden, made with rooflite®. The garden provides therapeutic activities for patients and gives patients and their families a respite from the hospital. This project is a perfect example of combining various types of green roofs to create a varied and lush urban landscape above structure.
- Cira Green at Cira Centre South: Cira Green is Philadelphia’s first elevated park. The 1.2 acre park, which sits 95 feet above street level on top of Cira Centre South, overlooks Philadelphia and the Schuylkill River. It consists of different green roof areas, including large lawn areas and planters with trees and colorful perennials – our rooflite® soil, engineered specifically for the different types of green roofs included in this project, was used to build this unique urban park.
- Philadelphia Free Library, Parkway Central branch: Opened in 2008, this green roof was the first on a city-owned building in Philadelphia, and it was born out of an initiative by then Mayor Michael Nutter to make Philadelphia the greenest city in the country. The 5000-square foot, semi-intensive green roof, made with rooflite, was features more than 5400 plants, including sedum and grasses. It offers energy-saving and environmental benefits, including improving air quality, reducing stormwater going into city sewer systems, and keeping the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
In the past 10 years, we’ve seen an explosion of green roof installations in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The Mid-Atlantic region is now one of the hubs of the green roof movement in the U.S.
Green roofs represent possibility – the possibility to make a real and measurable change for our urban environments, one roof at a time. How can we help you make a change with your green roof project?