By Kat Harrold
Image by Realen Properties
Philadelphia has one of the most progressive green roof programs in the country. Their support for green roofs in based on an aggressive stormwater management plan to hold all run off on site. Beginning late this fall, The Philadelphia Convention Center Parking Facility will open utilizing an architectural marvel featuring a combined blue roof and green roof system designed by Green Roof Technology and Realen Properties.
Beauty and intelligence are key to the success of this project. Not only is the function of the green roof innovative and practical, the aesthetic will be just as exquisite. The green roof will be visible from the Philadelphia Convention Center and accordingly will feature an eye catching seasonal display of color through a mixture of native ever greens, grasses, and perennials. Crocus, and daffodils burst with color in the spring providing seasonal interest. In the fall and winter months scarlet mahonia and evergreen ferns add to the festive decor.