Over the next month, a green roof will be installed on Parkway Central’s Beaux Arts building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The project represents the first green roof on a city institution in Philadelphia and follows last summer’s roof replacement project. In addition to aesthetic benefits, green roofs—which consist of vegetation that aids in waterproofing, insulation, and drainage—help keep a building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, as well as aid in storm water management and air quality.
The project got some “green” of its own yesterday when PECO joined H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as supporters of the project. PECO donated $50,000 and presented the Library with a check made out of moss.
The Library’s green roof will face Logan Square and encompass both the east and west sides of the terrace on the southern quadrant of Parkway Central’s roof. Moshe Safdie and Associates, the internationally celebrated architectural firm, is designing the green roof, which is expected to be completed in late September, 2008.
Mayor Michael Nutter has said that he wants Philadelphia to be one of the “greenest” cities in the country. As the Library plans for the expansion of Parkway Central—which includes the addition of 180,000-square-feet of innovative, modern space—close attention is being paid to ensuring that the new addition adheres to green building practices.
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