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PROFILES ON GREEN ROOFS

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Getting Smart About Building Green

Eaton Vance Corporation Boston, MA
ValleyCrest Builds Roof Garden for Investment Firm’s New Headquarters

PROJECT FACTS:
• Owner: Eaton Vance Management • General Contractor: Shawmut
Design and Construction Wolff Design Group

BACKGROUND
Boston-based headquarters investment to a firm, Eaton Vance office Corporation, building in moved the its 310,000 square-foot Financial

District of Boston.

Undergoing a complete retrofit, the building’s amenities

• Landscape Architect: Copley • Landscape Contractor:
ValleyCrest Landscape Development $250,000

will soon offer outdoor entertainment space and a landscaped roof deck.

PROJECT SCOPE
Despite the challenge of proximity to businesses, congested weekday traffic, minimal laydown area, and unruly winter weather, ValleyCrest is managing to work within a tight construction schedule. The crew has installed square and round pre-cast

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

concrete planters, placed hundreds of yards of specialized soil mix and planted fourinch-cal. Skyline Honey Locust trees, all of which were lifted to the 13th floor roof by crane. In the spring, the team will plant colorful perennials along with a blanket of

sedum material. Once complete, this intensive roof garden will afford breathtaking views of Boston Harbor and the newly constructed Rose F. Kennedy Greenway.

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:

Intensive rooftop gardens, like this park-like garden at Eaton Vance, are generally easily accessible and utilize conventional trees and plants that require more intensive labor like irrigation, feeding and 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

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