When individuals think of Wild Commons few students are aware of the green roof on top of the new dorm. The roof holds a layer of vegetation that benefits the innovative facility by saving money, helping the environment and being a unique addition to the campus.
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Regis High School completed its ambitious Green Roof Project, when Greensulate finished the installation of nearly 25,000 square feet of an extensive green roof on its upper roofs in time for the Regis 2010-2011 school year. The roof top project, which includes a 20kW solar panel array, also houses two bee hives, a classroom, scientific monitoring equipment, a weather station, green roof temperature and soil moisture monitoring stands, a flow rate measurement system, biodiversity monitoring equipment, and an astronomy observation area. A network of paths and platforms connect the stations, making the space easy to navigate.
The large pine trees between Bannan and the Quad grow in a greenroof over the biology labs. The greenroof over the Admissions & Alumni Building’s lobby has trays growing grasses in 6 inches of soil. Greenroofs absorb heat and insulate the building, reduce rainwater runoff, and provide wildlife habitat.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a century-old Jesuit school in West Los Angeles overlooking Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, has won awards for the beauty of its campus as well as for its excellence in education. To lead the state of the art in science teaching and research, and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, the university constructed the new LMU Life Sciences Building, a three-story complex of 35 laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices. Designed by Los Angeles–based CO Architects, the building’s green roof, solar panels, and drought-tolerant landscaping enable it to play a role in research and experimentation. “Science is no longer an isolated endeavor,” says Arnold Swanborn, an associate principal at CO Architects. “Our goals were to put science on display, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and create a model of sustainability.”
New sustainability project adds green space to Campus: A new green roof revitalizes the Village C esplanade
Georgetown University Students worked in close collaboration with the Office of Planning and Facilities Management and other campus partners. They led the process of requesting internal approvals, identifying vendors and contractors, collaborating on site design, securing funding, and helping to coordinate the final installation. The team opted to use LiveRoof green roof technology installed by Champion Landscape.