Case Study: High-Tech Roof Helps Revitalize a Montana Town

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The city of Butte, Montana, had its share of tough times. The beautiful old mining city — surrounded by a mountainous backdrop — fell during the copper mining industry decline in the 1980s and became the largest Superfund environmental clean-up site in the U.S. The city was in need of revitalization and the new Emma Park Neighborhood Center became an example of that progress.

Emma Park was built to accommodate programs to benefit poor and low-income households and provide a place to meet in the community. Plus, it featured a combination of roofing and energy-saving technologies through the TPO membrane, solar panels, and vegetative roof.

GAF provided the 1,500 sq. ft. GardenScapes™ Roof System and the EverGuard® TPO single-ply membrane. The vegetative roof and solar panels were installed on the building in areas where visitors could actually see the energy-saving systems. An outdoor patio looks at the garden and the solar panels were mounted above the building entrance.

However, the roof construction was not without its challenges due to the winter timing of installation and last-minute design changes. Learn more about this high-tech roof and other buildings using GAF materials in our building profiles special section. Do you have a project you want to share? Tell us your story and GAF may feature it on our Commercial Project Showcase.



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  1. Rochell Smith

    It is great initiative for the revitalization of Butte City. I like the way they combine vegetative roof and energy saving system. People of Butte must be happy to have Emma Park. Hope to see more like this.


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