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Asbury Woods Nature Center
Erie, PA, USA
5,000 sf greenroofs Project of the Week: December 4, 2017 Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Mini Description & Details

A model of sustainable design with a focus on energy conservation, the state-of-the-art Asbury Woods Nature Center sits on over 205 acres of rich, ecologically diverse land in northwestern Pennsylvania, boasting 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Designed by Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens, in late 2005 the Center opened its doors to the new addition along with modern updates to the existing 1930’s cottage.

The Exhibit Hall features live animal habitats, a turtle pond, an amphitheater/program area, and a live honeybee hive exhibit plus three new classrooms, covered by the 5,000 square foot vegetative roof that visitors see as they enter the building. Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Provided and designed by Roofmeadow, a Sedum carpet tops the dramatic barrel-vaulted roof with pitches up to 7:12, creating a striking counterpoint to the forested surroundings of the Asbury Woods Nature Center. The un-irrigated Type I vegetative roofing system has a 5” depth with Sedums and flowering herbs such as Allium schoenoprasum and Talinum calycinum.

In the flat portion cuttings of various Sedum species were used including S. sexangulare, S. sieboldii, and S. spurium. A small curved informational kiosk was also planted at the building entrance by Lichtenfels Nursery. The Asbury Woods Nature Center green roof was funded through a $63,892 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Energy Harvest Grant. Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center


Desiring to improve green roof education, Director Brian Winslow had a small curved informational kiosk planted at the building entrance to inform visitors. Installed by Lichtenfels Nursery, the Roofmeadow contractor who also installed the Asbury Woods Nature Center living roof, the kiosk provides signage and welcome shade. Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Year: 2005
Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. and the Millcreek Township School District
Erie, PA, USA
Building Type:
5,000 sq.ft.
Inaccessible, Open to Public Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Roofmeadow
Plant Supplier: Emory Knoll Farms
Plant Installation: Lichtenfels Nursery
Roofmeadow Contractor: Lichtenfels Nursery
Lead Architect & Landscape Architect: Jackie Kaminsky & Gregory Copeland (currently with Domokur Architects), Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Structural Engineer: I. A. Lewin & Associates
General Contractor: Odyssey Builders Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

All the Info:

View the Asbury Woods Nature Center Project Profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database. Project Week Asbury Woods Nature Center

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Asbury Woods Nature Center Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube: Project of the Week 12/04/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Roofmeadow, Domokur Architects, and Asbury Woods Nature Center.

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