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Video & Project of the Week for March 24, 2014: The Rapid Central Station

on March 27, 2014 at 12:54 am under Project of the Week: 3/24/14

The Rapid Central Station
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. After extensive remediation in 2004, the $22.7 million Rapid Central Station is the first U.S. transportation facility to receive LEED® certification. Constructed on a reclaimed brownfield site, the 51,000 sf station was inspired by the Grand River rapids and features a white undulating fiberglass roof structure over the 17-bus platform. A green roof covers the majority of the adjacent Surface Transportation Center building, located on two separate sections of the roof.

An unsuccessful carpet type green roof installed originally in 2004 was replaced by LiveRoof in 2008. The lower roof features the LiveRoof Standard Modular Green Roof System with a 4″ soil depth and due to weight restrictions, the upper roof uses a modified lightweight system, the LiveRoof X-Lite, which is 2.5″ deep. The plant mix is the same for both levels, and includes these Sedum varieties: Sedum album ‘Athoum’, S. ellacombianum, S. floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’, S. hybridum ‘Immergrunchen’, S. reflexum ‘Green Spruce’, S. rupestre ‘Angelina’, S. sexangulare, S. spurium ‘Green Mantle’, S. spurium ‘Royal Pink’, and S. spurium ‘Voo Doo’.

Join LiveRoof and other industry leaders at the Grand Rapids Green Roof Market Development Symposium this Thursday, March 27, 2014.


Year: 2008
Owner: Interurban Transit Partnership
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 16,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Progressive AE
Landscape Architect: Progressive AE
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Installation: Katerberg Verhage Landscaping
Waterproofing System: EPDM by Firestone
Slip Sheet Product: EPDM by Firestone
Grower: Hortech / LiveRoof LLC
Construction Management: The Christman Company
Engineer: Wendel Duchscherer

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