Testa Produce
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The Testa Produce greenroof; Photo by Jon Sedey in Sustainable Chicago.Project Name: Testa Produce
Year: 2010
Owner: Testa Produce
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 45650 sq.ft.
Slope: 60%
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Submitted by: Roofmeadow

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Greenroof System Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Architect: Epstein
Structural Engineer: Structures Unlimited, P.C.
Landscape Architect: Allen L. Kracower and Associaties
General Contractor: Summit Design and Build, LLC
Roofmeadow-Certified Contractor: Robert Ebl, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.
Located in the old Union Stockyards complex on the outskirts of Chicago, this green roof was designed by Roofmeadow and installed by Roofmeadow contractor, Robert Ebl, Inc. for Testa Produce's new corporate headquarters and distribution facility. Once a brownfield site, the building is now LEED Platinum making it the first industrial building to achieve that status. The facility also includes the first free standing wind turbine in the City of Chicago, a solar hot water system, recycled concrete, LED lighting and solar tracking skylights.
Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.
Completed on November 19, 2010, the Testa Produce green roof includes a 7,500 square foot barrel roof at the face of the building. The 4.00 inch thick profile on the barrel roof has a maximum pitch of 43 degrees. The media on the barrel roof is stabilized with a cellular confinement system. The cellular confinement web is in turn supported by the weight of the adjacent flat extensive green roof, without the aid of any fixed anchors to the building structure. This is the first time that this approach to slope stabilization has been implemented on such a large scale. The 3 inch thick 30,000 square feet flat roof was planted with Sedum plugs.

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The Testa Produce greenroof; Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.The Testa Produce greenroof; Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.The Testa Produce greenroof; Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.The Testa Produce greenroof; Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.Photo by Jon Sedey in Sustainable Chicago.The Testa Produce greenroof; Photo Courtesy of Roofmeadow.
Testa Produce is located at 555 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609; 312.226.3237. See the case study from Roofmeadow. Visit the Testa Warehouse Green Features page. Read the March 2, 2012 Chicago Produce Firm Runs Earth-Friendy Operation by Hosea Sanders at WLS-TV Chicago (ABC7) and the September 14, 2011 Local Wholesale Produce Distributor Aims to Reinvent LEED Standards by Jon Sedey in Sustainable Chicago. Learn about Roofmeadow in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.
 
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