Tower Renewal Blog

Green-roof pavilion: Construction underway

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ERA has been working with Sustainable.TOArchitextBlackwell, and Patriot Engineering on the “Sky-o-Swale shade-water structure,” part of an ongoing project to bring new landscape features and public realm amenities to the vibrant community hub of East Scarborough Storefront.

A type of green-roof pavilion, the Sky-o-Swale shade-water structure is currently being constructed and will soon be completed. The catenary roof structure is constructed of chain and chain-link fencing, and supported by six canted columns made of reused hydro poles.

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The structure gets its name from the concept of an elevated bioswale; when complete, it will purify and harvest rainwater to irrigate the adjacent gardens. Its soil is a specially formulated light-weight growing medium, and its vegetation consists of several sedum species of flowering succulents, which are tough and tolerant of drought.

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We’re excited to see this project progress over the coming weeks and months, and will continue to post updates. Look out also for developments on other new Storefront features, including a sport court and pergola to complement the recently completed kitchen garden and patio.