Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/13/16
Hotchkiss School Biomass Treatment Facility
Lakeville, CT, USA
11,500 sf. Greenroof
Project of the Week Description & Details
Founded in 1891, the Hotchkiss School is an independent boarding school nestled in the beautiful northwest corner of Connecticut. Part of the school’s commitment to becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2020, a state-of-the-art biomass central heating facility was built in 2012 to replace an aging steam plant. Located between a golf course and marshes, the new LEED Gold certified Hotchkiss School’s Biomass Treatment Center provides heating for the entire preparatory school which includes 85 buildings and approximately 600 residents. Designed by Centerbrook Architects, the architect of record, the low profile power plant is sited at the bottom of a sloping landscape and sports a highly visible undulating green roof. The treatment center burns woodchips and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by a third to a half compared to the oil-fired boiler it replaced; in fact, the school has cut a six-figure sum from its winter energy bill.
Installed in July, 2012 by Apex Green Roofs, the ZinCo USA Sedum Carpet green roof system on the biomass plant sits on top of a Sika Sarnafil waterproofing membrane. Due to the use of precultivated sedum mats which were laid directly onto the green roof substrate, the roof was covered by vegetation quickly. Designed for a combination of aesthetics and ecological value, its distinctive wavy living roof provides captures 50% of the site’s rainwater. And bioswales combine with rain gardens to further slow and filter rainwater before it enters the ground. Considered an immediate icon in sustainable commercial construction, the Hotchkiss School’s Biomass Treatment Center’s serpentine green roof is an exciting addition to an already beautiful campus, merging with the surrounding landscape, and protecting nearby wetlands from associated erosion and pollution.
Owner: Hotchkiss School
Location: Lakeville, CT, USA
Building Type: Other
System: Single Source
Size: 11500 sq.ft.
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Centerbrook Architects
Greenroof System: ZinCo USA Sedum Carpet System
Waterproofing Manufacturer: Sika Sarnafil
Waterproofing Membrane Contractor: Greenwood Industries
Greenroof Installation: Apex Green Roofs
Civil Engineer: Milone & MacBroom
Structural Engineer: DeStefano & Chamberlain
MEP Engineer: Van Zelm Engineers
LEED/Commissioning Consultant: The Stone House Group
Construction Management: O&G Industries
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