The Bottle Works Green Roof Project

Five years in the making, The Green Roof at the Bottle Works will soon be open!


We kicked things off in 2018 with a press conference on the roof to announce the official start of this first of it’s kind project for Johnstown.

Then construction began!

The environmentally friendly Green Roof project will serve as a storm water conservation system, an outdoor classroom and a unique events venue.

The Bottle Works retained local contractors to complete the first phase of the $450,000 project with Johnstown Construction Services as general contractor, Lichtenfels Nursery providing design landscape services and green roof consulting and CJL Engineering Services handling engineering and project management.

“This has been a five-year process to raise the funds to do something unique in our area and highlight how industrial sites can be re-purposed and used for community revitalization,” said John Yerger, Bottle Works’ board president. “While the Green Roof certainly is great for Bottle Works, we hope this will be something everyone comes to see, enjoy and be proud of. We think we can have something really special here.”

Located on a 5,900-square-foot flat roof over the Art Works building in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, the Green Roof will be a viable onsite storm water control project that will further the Bottle Works’ efforts to create an environmentally friendly facility.

Storm water management via an urban Green Roof can have multiple positive effects for a city, and are especially beneficial for water conservation where pollution and runoff is significant and the abundance of pavement magnifies the harmful effects they have on water sources.


Plants are nature’s filtration system and are important for slowing the flow of rainwater once it hits the ground.

The vegetation on the rooftop garden will filter pollutants out of the water and slow runoff, but also enhance climate control in the building.

Designed and installed by Lichtenfels Nursery, the project will incorporate an innovative green infrastructure design providing a mix of environmentally sustainable native plants to create a distinctly unique community development/beautification project in Johnstown.

A living wall will be incorporated into the plan, as well as numerous movable planters, pavers, benches and areas of lush seasonal color.

“It will be a venue like no other in the area.”

The project was made possible by funding from the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies through the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund and private contributions with matching funds provided by The 1889 Foundation through the Cambria City Cultural Partnership.

You can have your next function on the Bottle Works Green Roof!