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Video & Project of the Week for June 22, 2015: Grand Rapids Downtown Market Green Roof

on June 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm under Project of the Week: 6/22/15

Grand Rapids Downtown Market Green Roof
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
4,800 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The $30 million development Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. The indoor facility features a 24-vendor market hall, while dozens of farmers and artisans line the outdoor farmer’s market shed. The founders of the Downtown Market had a vision for a green facility which reflected their commitment to local, sustainable products. As the first LEED-intended green market in the U.S., the design team carefully chose products which met the green building standards.

In keeping with the LEED Certified Downtown Market, the LiveRoof team established a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that covers the rooftop with seamless vegetation featuring three patterned plant mixes of yellow, green and pink, and red and purple. The Market’s 4.25 inch LiveRoof hybrid green roof system is publicly accessible, providing a relaxing space for visitors and staff. Now the Grand Rapids Downtown Market has a living roof to complement its 832 square foot outdoor living walls installed on three separate sections of the exterior brick walls planted with hardy perennials, enhancing sustainability with 100 percent plant survival in May, 2013. Locally sourced and grown materials are essential to the ethos of the market, with made-in-Michigan aluminum railings and molded planter boxes, as well as the wall and roof plants, which were all grown less than 30 miles from the Market’s location. In total, both systems were produced using materials almost entirely sourced within 200 miles of the project.

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Year: 2013
Owner: Downtown Market, Inc.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4,800 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Architect: Hugh A. Boyd, Architect
Green Roof Plant Palette & Layout Design: Pete Lazdins and Michelle Hoffner, ProgressiveAE
Greenroof Supplier: LiveRoof, LLC.
Green Roof Installation: Modern Roofing
General Contractor: Pioneer Construction

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