Green Roofs and Roof Gardens

Scarborough Library and Civic Green

Eco-friendly features such as green roofs, vegetated screens and roof gardens are becoming increasingly popular in renovation and new construction projects in both the public and private sectors. In the City of Toronto, a new by-law will require green roofs to be constructed on certain types of new buildings.

Installing these living features is a complex process, requiring knowledge of the necessary precautions to prevent damage to the building, such as protecting the waterproofing membrane to prevent moisture from seeping into the structure, and the best practices for creating a hospitable and easy-to-maintain environment for plants.

The team at Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. has been trained to successfully and safely create attractive, sustainable green features, including a green roof and vegetated facades at the Homeless Assessment Referral Centre in Toronto, a green roof and living wall at Toronto’s First Nations Community Centre with Levitt Goodman Architects and the ESRI Canada corporate head office extensive and semi-intensive green roof gardens.

The team was involved in creating one of the largest green roofs in Ontario at the City of Barrie Water Treatment Plant, working with Brown + Storey Architects Inc. and Genivar. The low-maintenance and cost effective extensive green roof covers 5,000 square metres and boasts a linear design of grasses and wildflowers to create visual interest and unity with an adjacent wildflower meadow.

Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. also designed the Toronto Transit Commission’s first green roof pilot project, at Victoria Park Subway Station, with Stevens Group Architects Inc. and Brown + Storey Architects Inc. The team overcame the challenge of both old and new roof structures by using the low maintenance and lightweight method of laying easy-to-install pre-vegetated modules, creating an efficient standard for use in future TTC green roofs.

Scott Torrance assists condominium developers to realize their green roof plans, including providing a proposal for a mixed residential, commercial and public park for The Shore Club condominium and a combination of simple low-maintenance green roofs and a central courtyard roof with trees, shrubs and vegetated walls for the Market Wharf Condominium and 327 Royal York Condominium with Stanford Downey Architects Inc.

With their growing experience and expertise in a variety of innovative green roof, living wall and roof garden designs, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. has the knowledge and ability to meet your green roof needs.

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