Hamline University Installs 1,800-sq-ft Green Roof with Locally Grown Plants
A LiveRoof green roof is now installed atop Hamline’s Anderson Center
LiveRoof LLC and Bachman’s, a family-owned wholesale and retail nursery that serves as a LiveRoof regional distributor and grower, announced that the LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof System was selected for the 1,800-sq-ft green roof installed atop the new Anderson Center at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
Located on the southwest edge of Hamline’s campus, the 100,000-sq-ft Anderson Center will be the official entrance to campus and a stunning meeting place for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors. The three-level glass and terra cotta building will bring together food, meeting rooms, meditative spaces, a Spirit Store and state-of-the-art technology to support formal and informal gatherings within the university. The project is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver standards. The Anderson Center will officially open its doors in the fall of 2012.
“The green roof is an essential feature in meeting our sustainability goals for the project, including energy savings, sound insulation and reduction of storm water runoff,” said Lowell Bromander, associate vice president of facilities services at Hamline University.
“The Anderson Center green roof at Hamline is the first large LiveRoof installation in Minnesota to use LiveRoof Deep Modules, which provide up to six inches of soil,” said Dale Bachman, chief executive officer at Bachman’s. “With six inches of growing medium, the green roof includes taller drought-tolerant grasses and native and adapted non-native perennials in addition to standard varieties of low-growing Sedum.”
“Bachman’s delivered the LiveRoof modules fully vegetated with mature, full-grown plants that they have adapted for the North Central region of the U.S. and cultivated locally in Minnesota,” said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of LiveRoof, LLC. “Installing a green roof with plants that are already established and flourishing provides immediate beauty, reliable results, sustainable growth and trouble-free maintenance.”
LiveRoof was recently selected for a 27,000-sq-ft green roof for the Biomedical Discovery District at the University of Minnesota. Other Bachman’s LiveRoof projects include installations at Bethel University, Arden Hills, Minn.; the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, Minn.; Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis.; and South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.
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