(Apr 20, 2016)
PHILADELPHIA, April 20 – The green roof construction project on Temple University’s new library is receiving a $6.7 million, low-interest state loan, state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., announced today.
Thomas said the Temple green roof, which when completed will be one of the largest roofs of its kind in the state, will benefit both the university and the surrounding community by mitigating storm water runoff and reducing sediment being introduced to the combined sewer/storm water system.
Thomas, who in March wrote a letter to the executive director of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority supporting the project, said the green roof will ensure the new 210,000-square-foot-library will be in compliance with the stringent Philadelphia Water Department standards for landscape and building design in the city.
“This Pennvest project is bound to be a boon for both Temple and the local community. The green roof will improve water quality in the area by reducing storm water runoff,” Thomas said. “As a bonus, the project will create 50 jobs, 40 of which I am told will be filled by state residents.”
The loan will allow Temple to purchase two infiltration basins, a 25,000 gallon rainwater harvesting cistern, silva cells with landscaping, storm water piping, trench drains and storm manholes, in addition to the construction and related landscaping.
The interest rate on the loan is 1 percent for the first five years, rising to 1.72 percent for the remaining Read more