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Amenity Spaces on Conventional Roofs
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Category: 2021 Member Meetings

Intensely landscaped rooftop amenity space is becoming more common on new buildings in Seattle and other Urban Areas. This practice is expanding as the Seattle region juggles the duality of becoming increasingly urban while maintaining a direct connection to our outdoor natural surroundings. These spaces typically provide an enjoyable outdoor space for residents and can include areas to walk, recreate, sit, BBQ, walk dogs, play sports, and enjoy natural elements like green roofs, planters and trees. They often are good places to enjoy a scenic view. The building design industry lacks consensus standards or design of rooftops as amenity spaces. However, this practice is evolving. The purpose of this presentation is to review current practices, known challenges, and the risks involved. We will also represent a basis for evaluating these challenges and suggest some approaches to improve design.