Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
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The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine on June 8, 2012. Photo courtesy of Roofmeadow.Project Name: Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Year: 2010
Owner: Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2293 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Submitted by: Roofmeadow

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Greenroof System Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Mayfield Gardens, Inc.
Architect: Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine on June 20, 2011. Photo courtesy of Roofmeadow.
This retrofit Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine green roof built on modified bitumen is part of the highly respected University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System. The green roof area is not large, but it is visible to all visitors of the facility from the atrium and the glass elevators which shuttle people from the lobby to the upper floors of the building. Visitors to the facility can sit in a cafe with tables and chairs overlooking the green and wait for their appointments and enjoy the view as they have lunch. The green roof, located by a bank of floor to ceiling windows, helps to moderate the temperature extremes on the roof area and it works to manage stormwater.
The thin assembly supports pre-grown sedum mats interplanted with Festuca glauca. The roof area is sited in a protected nook of the building offering shelter from high winds coming off of the Schuylkill River. This siting allows for the planting of perennial grasses within the much tougher sedum species.

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The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine on June 8, 2012. Photo courtesy of Roofmeadow.The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine on June 20, 2011. Photo courtesy of Roofmeadow.
Read the March 28, 2011 Perelman Center's Roof Goes 'Green' by Greg Richter in Penn Medicine. Learn about Roofmeadow in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.
 
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