Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2015 - 20


DESIGN AWARD
CATEGORY: INTENSIVE INSTITUTIONAL
PROJECT: HELEN SCHULER NATURE CENTRE
LOCATION: LETHBRIDGE, AB
ALBERTA FROM THE HELEN SCHULER
NATURE CENTRE

TEAM MEMBERS
Landscape Architect/Green Roof Practicioner/Irrigation Design:
Michael Magnan, O2 Planning + Design Inc
Client/Program Deisgn: Coreen Putman, Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Native Plant Ecologist: Steve Tannas, Eastern Slopes Rangeland
Architect: Cliff Swidley, QYA / Group2
Structural Engineer: Walter Kepcynski, BEI Engineering
"We saw the potential of the green roofs
in providing endless opportunities for
programming and education for our
community. We imagined them as living
classrooms and natural gathering spaces
for our visitors. We knew they could
demonstrate better ways of landscaping
and inspire best practices for urban
development. Every day we see new ways
in which our visitors experience these
spaces and learn from them."
Coreen Putman,
Helen Schuler Nature Centre Coordinator

VERSATILITY & ADAPTABILITY
IN AN UNLIKELY CLIMATE
H

elen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) is an urban nature centre
located in Lethbridge, Alberta with the goal of delivering
diverse and dynamic interpretive nature programs through a
team of volunteers, staff and partners. As part of HSNC's expansion
and renovation, roof gardens were constructed with the goal of
creating a demonstration area for delivering interpretive programs
and providing a living classroom for visitors.
While experiencing the green roofs, visitors are encouraged to
learn about the versatility and adaptability of native plants, local
ecology, plant pollination and intensive and extensive living roof
systems. Due to Lethbridge's harsh, arid climate, it was important
to provide a demonstration area for alternatives to traditional, water
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consumptive landscaping approaches. To maximize biodiversity on
the roof, the design team and client developed a species list of 65
native species of perennial forbs and grasses for the intensive living
roof. The extensive living roof species list comprised 27 species of
sedum and seven species of forbs and grasses. A secondary benefit
of developing the rich plant list was the ability to evaluate the suitability of a multitude of untested native species on the roof in one
of Alberta's most arid environments.
While aesthetic considerations were secondary to the project's
environmental and educational goals, visitors are overcome by the
beauty of the living roofs, and leave with a greater appreciation of
the prairie landscape.
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