PHS Young Friends Host Green Roof Tour

Join PHS Young Friends on Wednesday, August 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for a tour of the green roof at the PECO building at 2301 Market Street in Philadelphia. Spanning more than 45,000 square feet, the PECO green roof features an observation deck and stunning views of downtown Philadelphia.

The rooftop garden, on the top of an eight-story section of the building, holds growing media of up to eight inches thick, and the vegetative covering reduces rainwater runoff by up to 70%, and also insulates the building. It is the largest green roof on an existing building in Philadelphia. The planting design for the PECO roof contrasts  low-growing, non-native succulents over the extensive area with native perennials and ornamental grasses in the planting beds surrounding the viewing deck.

Tour participants must be at least 18 years of age. Click here to register, or contact Allison Burkhart for more information. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers (free for PHS members with a Young Friends add-on).

PECO Green Roof Tours to Begin

In December 2008, PECO teamed up with PHS to install a green roof at its headquarters building in Philadelphia.

The rooftop garden, on the top of an eight-story section of the building at 2013 Market Street, holds growing media of up to eight inches thick, and the vegetative covering reduces rainwater runoff by up to 70%, and also insulates the building.

Spanning more than 45,000 square feet, it is the largest green roof on an existing building in Philadelphia. The planting design for the PECO roof contrasts  low-growing, non-native succulents over the extensive area with native perennials and ornamental grasses in the planting beds surrounding the viewing deck.

PHS leads public tours of the green roof on the third Tuesday of each month, April through October, at 5 pm. The fee for tours is $5 for PHS members and $10 for nonmembers. Pre-registration and payment are required two days in advance of the tour. Participants must be 18 years of age, and there is a limit of 25 people per tour. The tours meet in the lobby at the PECO building, and include a short orientation followed by the tour. For more information, please contact PHS here or call Carol Dutill at 215-988-8869.

See a special video about the PECO green roof here.

Two-in-One Tour with PHS Young Friends

PHS Young Friends, and anyone interested in joining their ranks, are invited to tour the PECO Green Roof and Pops Up Garden on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. The tour begins at the PECO building (Market Street between 23rd & 24th streets) at 5:30 pm.

The fee is $5 for PHS Members and $10 for non-members. Click here to register or call 215-988-8869.

The PECO Green Roof is the largest retrofitted green roof on an existing building in Philadelphia, and it offers amazing views of the Philadelphia skyline. The PHS Pops Up Garden at 20th & Market streets is an urban vegetable garden that raises awareness for the City Harvest program. (Learn more about the garden here.) Complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers will be available for tour guests.

Want to attend the tour for free? PHS just launched a new PHS Young Friends Membership Add-On. The Young Friends Add-On may be added to any membership level and is available as either a Single Add-On for $30 or a Dual Add-On for $50. In addition to all the benefits you may currently receive as a PHS Member, Young Friends members receive a complimentary PECO Green Roof tour as part of their Add-On benefits. Additional Young Friends Add-On benefits include:

• Complimentary ticket to the Philadelphia International Flower Show Preview Party After Party (Single – 1 ticket; Dual – 2 tickets)
• Drink vouchers for the PHS Fall Garden Festival Biergarten (Single – 2 vouchers; Dual – 4 vouchers)
• Invitation to a PHS Young Friends Open House in the spring
• Discounted pricing to PHS Young Friends workshops or events throughout the year
• Volunteer opportunities for LOVE Your Park in the fall and early spring

For more information about the PHS Young Friends Membership Add-On or to purchase online, click here or contact Allison at 215-988-1628.

Green is in the Air: PECO Green Roof Tours

Imagine 45,000 square feet of vegetative space, including three inches of soil and layers of native grasses and plants that absorb and detain rain water. Now imagine that space several stories in the air, on a Center City rooftop.

In 2009, PECO  completed the largest green roof ever installed on an existing urban building in Pennsylvania. The “living roof”  prevents rainstorm runoff, regulates the temperature of the building (decreasing reliance for heating and air conditioning), creates habitats, and provides cleaner air. Best of all, it’s available for all to see.

PECO has again teamed up with PHS to provide tours of the green roof. Tours will occur on the third Tuesday of every month at 5 pm starting in April and ending in October. The first tour will be on Tuesday, April 19. The fee is $5 for PHS members and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited and pre-registration at least two business days before the tour is required. Tour participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Visit the PHS website for more information on the PECO project and click here for more tour information.

Outstanding Images from the PECO Green Roof

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to take a tour of the green roof at PECO’s downtown headquarters, you are in luck. PHS’s Margaret Funderburg took these photos recently during the fall clean-up, and they show just how beautiful it is up there. Tours of the green roof will resume in spring 2011.

Enjoy the slideshow!

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