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The Barnes Foundation Greenroof; Photo Courtesy of RoofmeadowProject Name: The Barnes Foundation
Year: 2012
Owner: The Barnes Foundation
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Non-Profit
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 13000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Roofmeadow

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Tod Williams and Billie Tsien
Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership
Waterproofing Contractor: EDA Contractors
Green Roof Media Provider: SkyGarden
Pre-vegetated Sedum Mats: Sempergreen
Greenroof Provider: Roofmeadow
Waterproofing Manufacturer: Sika Sarnafil
Installation/Roofmeadow Network Contractor: G.R.A.S.S.
Looking south east. The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia. ? 2012 Tom CraneGreen Roof; Photo: ? 2012 The Barnes FoundationView from 21st Street. The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. ? The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation's 93,000-square-foot building designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, conceived as a "gallery within a garden and a garden within a gallery," is set within a four-and-a-half-acre site with landscape architecture by Olin Partnership. The building provides significant new facilities for the Foundation's core programs in art education, as well as for temporary exhibitions and visitor amenities. At the same time, the legendary Barnes art collection is presented within a 12,000-square-foot gallery that preserves the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Merion gallery, as well as the founder's conception of a visual interplay between art and nature.

On September 27, 2012 The Barnes Foundation?s new building was the first major art and education institution in the U.S. to achieve Platinum LEED from the USGBC.

The 13,000 sf green roof on the newly opened Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is a compliance green roof intended to satisfy the Philadelphia Water Department?s stormwater management requirements. Established with pre-grown Sedum mats which were interplanted with perennials, the simple, extensive green roof is unusual because of its ability to support flowering plants in a thin un-irrigated assembly. Throughout the spring and summer Achillea, Talinum, Dianthus, and Phlox will provide a progression of color through the green carpet.
The Barnes Foundation Greenroof; Photo Courtesy of RoofmeadowPhotovoltaic Panels on the Upper Roof; ? 2012 The Barnes Foundation
In addition to the vegetated roof, other green project elements include the site selection that focused on redevelopment and accessibility, significant energy use reduction, materials selection of rapidly renewable, local, and recycled content?including floors reclaimed from Coney Island?s boardwalk?and water efficiency measures both inside and outside the building. A design that will reduce potable water consumption by 44%, will work in concert with plants in the beautiful gardens surrounding the building which were chosen in part for their hardiness and drought-tolerance.

Designed by Roofmeadow and installed by G.R.A.S.S. the green roof lies on a roof which protects a priceless and historic art collection. The collection, relocated to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from its original home in Lower Marion Township, is a destination for art lovers and tourists intent on seeing Dr. Albert Barnes' impeccable selection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. A quality installation is of utmost importance to any client but even more so when the green roof sits on a roof that is protecting a priceless art collection.

Not just a stormwater management device, the green roof is in harmony with the striking minimal architecture designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Olin Partnership designed ?The Garden? for the gallery. EDA Contractors provided the waterproofing.
Roofmeadow Certified green roof media was provided by SkyGarden.

Additional thumbnail photos:

Aerial view rendering of the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia; Photo: ? 2012 The Barnes FoundationThe Barnes Foundation Greenroof; Photo Courtesy of RoofmeadowAerial view from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street. The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. (March 2012) ? 2012 Tom CraneThe Barnes Foundation Greenroof; Photo Courtesy of RoofmeadowLooking south east at night. The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia. ? 2012 Tom Crane
The Barnes Foundation is located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130; info@barnesfoundation.org; 215.278.7000; visit their website. Read the following press releases: The Barnes Foundation?s Philadelphia Campus Awarded the Highest Level of Environmental Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council from The Barnes Foundation of September 27, 2012 (where you can also see the 5:16 video "The Barnes Foundation: A Model for the Future"); The Awaited Barnes Opening is Here! from Olin Partnership of May 17, 2012; and Barnes Foundation to Open its New Philadelphia Campus with Ten Days of Free Admission May 19 through May 28, 2012 from The Barnes Foundation of March 20, 2012. The Barnes Foundation is featured in the month of March in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World? Calendar.

Learn about the folllowing companies in The Greenroof Directory:
Roofmeadow; Sika Sarnafil; and Sempergreen. Contact the following companies for more project info: G.R.A.S.S.: http://www.onionflats.com/GRASS/; Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: http://www.twbta.com/#/news; EDA Contractors: http://www.edacontractor.com/; and SkyGarden: http://www.stancills.com/skygarden/.
 
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