Highmark Green Roof Building Design at Fifth Avenue Place

Highmark Green Roof Building Design at Fifth Avenue Place

  • Location: 5th Avenue Place, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

We were delighted for the opportunity to work with Highmark, Lichtenfels Nursery, CentiMark and Oxford Development on the largest Green Roof in South Western Pennsylvania in 2008. The feasibility study with cost estimates steered the client through options of major types of green roof systems.

As part of their commitment to a healthier environment, HighMark wanted to transform a routine roof repair into a green opportunity for building users, neighbors and the city of Pittsburgh. The project improves thermal insulation to reduced costs for heating and cooling the building. The 21,060 square-foot, L-shaped roof deck is at the fourth level and visible to most people in neighboring buildings. Now they will see green habitation and biodiversity. The entire city benefits with healthier air and cleaner storm water.

We effectively explored different options and chose the best solution that offers an open urban rooftop green space to promote habitation and biodiversity, with a sensitive design aesthetic within budget goals.