Grand Rapids Community College, Vegetated Roof

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) commissioned the architect to design a 21,000-square-foot vegetated roof on the second level of the 20-year-old Applied Technology Center building. The project also renovated a plaza, incorporating the same green roof technology on the first level of the building, with a goal of enhancing an "al fresco" dining ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCITATIONLandscape Architecture CitationFEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program.

Pre-vegetated roof modules were selected for the basis of the roof design. New windows, door access and an observation deck also were added to the project to create maximum contact and viewing. Additionally, educational plaques on the roof and plaza graphically demonstrate the roof system and provide explanations of plant types and colors.

The vegetation design for the second-floor roof area was derived from the circular shape of the building’s three-story atrium. Three sedum mixes were used to enhance the radial pattern of the design. The plaza area incorporates raised landscape block planters filled with the same vegetated module tray system.

"The link between the indoors and the new outdoor courtyard enhances both spaces."--2009 jury