Juneau getting its first green roof
August 2, 2010
By Jonathan Grass of the Juneau Empire: Construction of the new Downtown Transportation Center at the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street has included a new feature, something to provide some green in more than one sense. The project’s new transit center will be home to a “green roof,” which the minds behind it say will be the first of its kind in Southeast Alaska. In their simplest form, green roofs are those that contain living plants as part of the roofing structure.Landscape architect Christopher Mertl explained the thought behind creating this visual aid made it quite a detailed project.
“We wanted to create something that’s going to be attractive and environmentally sensitive,” Mertl said.
Around 1,000 square feet of the transit center’s roof are covered with trays of sedums and native Alaskan sea thrift. Mertl said he chose these species not only for their aesthetic appeal, but for their low-maintenance benefits. He said these plants could survive heavy rains, droughts and heat conditions without requiring caretaking. Once planted, they would be relatively independent and save in maintenance costs. Read more