Building the Rooftop Farm: Advice from a Structural Engineer

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Building the Rooftop Farm: Advice from a Structural Engineer

hosted by AgTech X

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

AgTech X Co-Lab @ Agritecture
40 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States


Who doesn’t want a beautiful rooftop garden atop their building? Looking out over NYC from above, it’s a wonder why the vast majority of available roofspace is unused and dreary. But a lot of dreams are deflated when building structures wind up being too weak to support any type of green space without expensive reinforcement.

This class will provide the audience with a basic understanding of common NYC building structures, and the tools and knowledge to make a rooftop farm or general green space possible on a variety of budgets. Combining realistic expectations with a coactive and open-minded team of design professionals is the bridge between dreams and reality – to turn grey into green.

We will cover:

  • Successful rooftop green space – a range of examples
  • Possibilities for your building – what’s legal
  • The Department of Buildings and your Certificate of Occupancy
  • Understanding common building structures and loads
  • The anatomy of a successful design team
  • How to select and work with your structural engineer
  • Tools to maximize your greenspace from layout optimization to load reduction
  • Step by step project case study
  • Project costs

About the Instructor: Eugene Gurevich, PE, LEED AP, is a Senior Structural Engineer at RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC, as well as a guest lecturer at City College of New York.