Life Expression Wellness Center
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Life Expression Wellness Center; Photo (c) 2004, Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved.Project Name: Life Expression Wellness Center
Year: 2001
Owner: Life Expression Wellness Center
Location: Sugarloaf, PA, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6000 sq.ft.
Slope: 58%
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Submitted by: Linda S. Velazquez

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Principal: Charlie Miller, P.E., Roofscapes, Inc.
Architect: Van Der Ryn Architects
Landscape Design & Installation: David Bros. Landscaping
Waterproof Provider: Sarnafil, Inc.
Waterproofing Installer: Houck Services
Plant Provider: Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms
Photo (c) 2002, Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved.Photo (c) 2003, Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved.Photo (c) 2003, Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Life Expression Wellness Center, located in Sugar Loaf, eastern PA, is a 6,000 sf Roofmeadow? Type I: 5" Flower Carpet greenroof atop the Chiropractic Center. Completed in June 2001 and designed by Van Der Ryn Architects, the intent of the sloped and curved greenroof was to echo the surrounding hills. It is believed to be one of the steepest greenroofs in North America. The Life Expression Wellness Center is the winner of the 2004 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities North American Green Roofs of Excellence Award in the Extensive Institutional category.
The Life Expression Wellness Center during growth medium placement; Photo (c) 2001, Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved.Construction; Photo (c) 2001, Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved.
The undulating curves of the Life Expression Wellness Center have roof deck pitches ranging from 3:12 (14?) to 7:12 (30?). The unique roof design allows runoff to discharge along the length of the eaves, creating a curtain effect.The vegetated cover reduces the rate and quantity of runoff, and also prolongs the duration of runoff, further emphasizing this curtain effect. The plants were supplied by Emory Knoll Farms. This project also incorporates an integrated leak detection system furnished by Roofscapes, Inc.

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Construction; Photo (c), Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reservedPhoto (c), Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reservedPlants supplied by Emory Knoll Farms; Photo (c), Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reservedPhoto (c), Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reservedPhoto (c), Roofscapes, Inc. All rights reserved
Learn more about Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants, Roofscapes, and Sika Sarnafil in The Greenroof Directory. See the Roofscapes Case Study here, and the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award here.
 
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