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Greenroof Project of the Week for February 3, 2014: Duke University Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center (OCC)

on February 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm under Project of the Week: 2/3/14

Duke University Marguerite Kent Repass
Ocean Conservation Center (OCC)
Beaufort, NC, USA

2,440 sq. ft Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Built in 2006 and located on Piver’s Island at the head of the Beaufort Inlet in North Carolina, the Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center (OCC) is a state-of-the-art teaching facility for Duke University’s Marine Lab serving as a beacon for sustainability. Designed by the office of Frank Harmon Architect PA, the OCC was awarded Gold LEED certification in 2008.

In 2010 a Xero Flor pre-vegetated extensive greenroof was installed, selected due to the structural capacity of the building, availability of regionally sourced material, and the challenges associated with a windy coastal climate as it is certified to resist high wind loads and is also an FM Global accepted assembly for this building and location. Protected with Sika Sarnafil waterproofing, Living Roofs, Inc. worked with Xero Flor America and Frank Harmon Architect to design the system and the irrigation which is supplied by a rainwater catchment system. The greenroof components were tested against wind uplift during a direct hit on August 27, 2011 with Hurricane Irene and when Hurricane Earl skirted the Outer Banks of North Carolina on September 3, 2010: The green roof experienced zero soil erosion or damage.

Year: 2010
Owner: Duke University
Location: Beaufort, NC, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,440 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Frank Harmon Architect, PA
Greenroof Consultant & Installation: Living Roofs, Inc.
Greenroof System: XF301+2″XT Vegetated Mat Assembly with Enhanced Wind-Uplift Security Modification, Xero Flor America
Waterproofing Material: Sika Sarnafil
Construction: Curtis Construction

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