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PROFILES ON GREEN ROOFS

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Getting Smart About Building Green

Prologis Corporation Denver, CO
ValleyCrest Landscape Development Builds Garden Bridge

PROJECT FACTS
• Owner: The Prologis Corporation • General Contractor: The Weitz
Company

BACKGROUND
Prologis, one of the largest global providers of warehouse and distribution space, is also a pioneer in Denver’s LEED®-building movement. Prologis continues the

green trend with a new expansion and rooftop garden bridge above an atrium that will connect two buildings together. The campus is recognized by the US Green

• Landscape Architect: Norris
Design

• Landscape Contractor:

Building Council (USGBC) as “LEED® Silver Registered” and is awaiting certification.

ValleyCrest Landscape Development $640,000

• Total Landscape Contract Value: • Completion Date: April 2009

PROJECT SCOPE
ValleyCrest is completing the landscape, irrigation and hardscape of this intensive green roof bridge as well as the property’s surrounding on grade areas. Plants and trees native to the region were lifted to the roof and planted

in a 16-inch-deep planting tray while a specialized drip irrigation system runs from inside the building and distributes water directly to the root of the plants. Pavers, made from recycled concrete onsite, line the walkways for pedestrians.

GREEN YOUR ROOF WITH OPTIONS
Green roofs and roof gardens soften the harshness and isolation of cities and suburbs and play an important role in the development of LEED®-certified buildings. There are three types of rooftop gardens:

• Intensive: an accessible, park-like roof garden with conventional trees and plants requiring irrigation and maintenance. • Extensive: a traditional rooftop blanket of sedum or sod requiring little maintenance. • Semi-Intensive: a combination of both.

GREEN ROOF SPECTRUM

The rooftop garden bridge at Prologis Corporation connects the campus’ two buildings together. An intensive rooftop garden, the bridge is dotted with trees and plants that require more thorough irrigation installation and conventional maintenance.

A GREEN ROOF OFFERS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY VIEW.
According to a report published by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the initial cost of greening your roof is higher than conventional roofing systems, but a green roof can pay for itself over time. Green

roofs extend the lifespan of the roof membrane significantly by protecting it from sunlight and temperature variations. On-structure gardens capture and utilize stormwater as their primary source of irrigation while Green roofs and roof gardens cool the planet and protect against the

plants clean and filter the excess runoff.

urban heat island effect, reducing roof temperatures by as much as 80 degrees Fahrenheit in warmer climates.

COST SAVINGS WITH A GREEN ROOF
Standard Conventional Roof Green Roof

Initial Cost Per Sq. Ft. Average Lifespan Insulation Cost Savings

$5-$10 per square-foot

$10-$20 per square-foot

15-20 years No cost savings

40+ years 10-15 percent

www.valleycrest.com