Dickinson School of Law (Lewis Katz Building)

A key feature in this LEED-certified project is the sloped,
18,500-square-foot garden roof which includes a unique
electronic leak-detection system.

Client: Penn State University
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Architect: Polshek Partnership
Project Type: garden and TPO roofing

This 112,000-square foot building is the University Park Campus home of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. A garden roof is invisible to passersby, but is a key feature in this LEED-certified project, reducing stormwater runoff while enhancing energy efficiency. R.H. Marcon Inc. first installed a double layer of 5" gypsum board and then an American Hydrotech Garden Roof Assembly.

The final stage involved about 15,000 drought-resistant plants installed into 4 inches of soil. The entire garden roof assembly carries a 20-year warranty. For this complex project, Marcon also did foundation waterproofing and installed Firestone TPO roofing adjacent to the garden roof, as well as Alucobond metal panels.