Burnham Building at
Millennium Tower

Project Completion
November 2014

Location
Boston, MA

Building Type
Commercial

HISTORIC HALF-ACRE GREEN ROOF 
Formerly the Filene’s flagship store, the Burnham Building was the last major project of acclaimed architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, his only design to be found in Boston. The building was added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and recognized as a historic landmark by the Boston Landmark Commission in the mid-2000’s.

Newly revitalized and incorporated into the Millennium Tower development in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, the Burnham Building at Millennium Tower incorporates several sustainable strategies that exemplify environmental adaptive reuse. 

Recover installed a half-acre, multi-level, sedum green roof over three-quarters of the building’s rooftop that required precise planning, discretion, and extreme efficiency to construct.  Recover craned pre-grown sedum mats and green roof materials onto the ninth and eleventh floor roofs during nighttime shifts so as to avoid high-traffic, congested daytime hours. The roof meets stringent wind uplift standards, provides stormwater management for the building, and creates beautiful green views for the adjacent offices and apartments. 

 

Client Name
Burnham Building (Millennium Tower)

Size
20,000 sq. ft.

Green Roof Design
Hadel Architects

Type
Extensive

General Contractor
Suffolk Construction

Green Roof Installer
Recover Green Roofs

Waterproofing Installer
Greenwood Industries

Green Roof Components
American Hydrotech

Plant Type(s)
Mixed Sedum (pre-grown mats)

Plant Supplier
Sempergreen

Soil Media Supplier
American Hydrotech



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