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Greenroof Project of the Week for July 8, 2013: U.S. EPA Region 8 HQ, Denver Office

on July 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm under Project of the Week: 7/8/13

U.S. EPA Region 8 HQ, Denver Office
Denver, CO, USA
19,396 sf. Greenroof

Project Description & Details

The LEED-NC Gold certified U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 Office is a 248,849-square-foot facility located in Denver, CO, that serves approximately 850 employees. The facility, a product of more than three years of planning, design, and construction, serves as a hallmark of environmental sustainability in a prominent lower downtown historic district location featuring photovoltaic arrays, wind turbines, and a three-terraced modular GreenGrid greenroof used for research.

The primary objective of EPA’s green roof is to absorb runoff and release it at a reduced and measured pace, minimizing deleterious impacts to the South Platte River from concentrated stormwater runoff. In addition to recording stormwater management efficacy, a consortium of experts representing the EPA, the City of Denver, Colorado State University (CSU), and the Denver Botanical Garden examined plant species, irrigation regimes, and soil media compositions in an effort to optimize performance for the local Front Range climate zone. The research resulted in the 2010 Design Guidelines and Maintenance Manual for Green Roofs In the Semi-Arid and Arid West©.

Year: 2006
Owner: GSA/EPA/Government Properties Trust
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 19,396 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Modular Greenroof System: GreenGrid
Principle Investigator: James E. Klett, Ph.D., Colorado State University Green Roof Research
Graduate Research Assistant: Jennifer Bousselot, Colorado State University Green Roof Research
Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
Sustainable Design Consulting and MEP Engineering Design: Syska Hennessy Group
Horticulturist & Growing Medium Consultant: Weston Solutions
General Contractor: Opus Northwest for Building, Weston Solutions for Greenroof
Irrigation Design: Larry Keeson
Maintenance Company: Weston Solutions

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

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