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Greenroof Project of the Week for March 11, 2013: International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

on March 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm under  Project of the Week: 3/11/13

International Institute  of Tropical Forestry  (IITF)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
12,600 sf. Greenroof

The International Institute of Tropical Forestry Greenroofs; Photo courtesy of Peter Philippi, rooflite

Project Description & Details

Located in San Juan’s Botanical Gardens, the mission of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) is to develop and disseminate scientifically-based knowledge that contributes to the conservation of forests, wildlife, and watersheds of the American Tropics. Updating and restoring its headquarters complex, the new design will reduce the actual environmental footprint with a modern storm water management system that incorporates green roofs, grass parking, rainwater harvesting and retention ponds.

Architect Jeannette Rullan from RMA Architects, greenroof consultant David L. Aponte from PRGD, and USDA engineer Juan Vissepo designed the three green roofs as an experimental intervention that would further the understanding in hydrological, thermal and ecological behavior/benefits in a sub-tropical scenario. ZinCo‘s green roof material and rooflite extensive growing media was installed on all three green roofs. A total of 22 species where used – around 16,000 plugs were installed on the project.

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Year: 2012
Owner: USDA Forest Service
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Building Type:  Municipal/Government
Type: Semi-Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 12,600 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

The International Institute of Tropical Forestry Greenroofs; Photo courtesy of Peter Philippi, rooflite

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Arquitect: Jeannette Rullan, RMA Architects and Engineers
Green Roof Specialist: David L Aponte, President, PR Green Design (PRGD) Inc.
Greenroof System: Nick Smith, ZinCo USA
Waterproofing: Firestone Waterproofing Products
Growing Media: Peter Philippi, rooflite

Click  here  to see  more information  about this project in  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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