Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)
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Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) Greenroof on June 9, 2012; Photo Courtesy Xero Flor AmericaProject Name: Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)
Year: 2012
Owner: Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1210 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Submitted by: Xero Flor America

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Owner/Designer: Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Planning & Culture
Waterproofing Design and Installation: Velcheck & Finger
Greenroof System: Xero Flor Hybrid Extensive Assembly
Pre-vegetated Mat: Xero Flor XF301
Greenroof System Supplier: Xero Flor America
Installation Contractor: Gibraltar Landscape & Construction LLC
Irrigation Contractor: Milwaukee Lawn Sprinkler
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) Greenroof on May 30, 2011; Photo Courtesy Xero Flor America
Officially called the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, most Milwaukeeans refer to the beautiful botanical attraction as simply "The Domes." A popular place for weddings, events, and a great visit for tourists, the Domes are a fun, peaceful place to spend an afternoon. Visitors encounter three distinct climates in the domes: a desert climate, tropical climate, and the third is the Floral Show dome, features rotating seasonal floral displays.

The enormous geodesic hemispheres of Milwaukee County?s Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory ?Domes? are iconic structures for the regional plant-loving community. Beneath each dome are unique ecological habitats, now connected from above by a 1210 sf roof top field of mixed Sedum species using the Xero Flor XF301 vegetation mat.
The lightweight green roof assembly serves as an educational reference for park visitors, while prolonging the roof?s performance life and supporting the county?s goals for stormwater runoff management and urban heat island reduction.

Because the roof is not accessible to the public, an educational kiosk will be constructed inside the building to explain the green roof creation and its associated benefits.

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Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) Greenroof on June 9, 2012; Photo Courtesy Xero Flor AmericaMitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) Greenroof on May 30, 2011; Photo Courtesy Xero Flor America
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) is located at 524 South Layton Boulevard Milwaukee, WI 53215; 414.257.7275; visit their website. The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is featured in the month of October in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World? Calendar.

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