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Green Roof is a Highlight of SEPTA’s 33rd and Dauphin Bus Loop




Philadelphia, PA – A sustainable, vegetated roof has been retrofitted on top of the last remaining "trolley depot" preserved by The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The green roof of the facility, which is now used as a bus loop, was designed to reduce storm water runoff.  On September 25, 2013, at 10am SEPTA will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the fully renovated loop located at the corner of 33rd and Dauphin in the Strawberry Mansion community.  Members of the press are invited to view and photograph the ceremony, the bus loop and the green roof.   Representatives from SEPTA, Live Roof® and Creek Hill Nursery will be available to answer questions.


The approximately 4,000 square-foot (57’ x 71’) facility roof has been planted with Creek Hill Sun Mix.  This mix consists of 12 hearty and proven varieties, which will provide flowers from spring through fall and bloom colors that change during the growing season.  When dormant it will have foliage colors of green, burgundy and an orange/yellow combination.  Creek Hill Nursery brought every LiveRoof module, which are made from recycled materials, to the job site with fully grown plants inside.  The container is simply set in place on the rooftop.  Because they are pre-vegetated at the nursery, Live Roof systems require minimal maintenance compared to site-built green roofs, which are time-consuming and costly to install and maintain


In an effort to improve water use and pollutant discharge performance, SEPTA plans to retrofit or construct buildings to accommodate green roofs.  Paul Cook, Sales Manager at Creek Hill Nursery says, "This is the transit authority’s first green roof in a city that is embracing green infrastructure, so we are very happy to be working with them on their first sizable project."


SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey says, "We are always looking for innovative ways to create a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future for the entire region.”

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