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LiveRoof® Green Roof Brings Natural Beauty to the Rooftop of Bearden Hill Office Building in Knoxville, Tennessee

LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System Selected for 1,300-Square-Foot Project that Creates a Stunning Outdoor Space

Knoxville, TN. and Spring Lake, MI., (July 25, 2012) — McCamy Development has added a 1,300-square foot green roof to its new building located at 6450 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System from LiveRoof, LLC (Spring Lake, Mich.) was selected for the project. Southeast Green Roofs, LLC (Fairview, Tenn.), a licensed regional grower and distributor for LiveRoof, selected and grew the green roof plants in the system’s modules, which were installed by Dixie Roofing (LaFollette, Tenn.).

The three-story, 10,500-square-foot building, constructed by Merit Construction, Inc. (Knoxville, Tenn.), is located atop Bearden Hill. It includes the offices of McCamy Development and the barre3 exercise studio.

“The green roof is designed as a rooftop garden with a panoramic view of Mount LeConte and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said George A. Ewart, AIA, principal-in-charge, George Armour Ewart Architecture (Knoxville, Tenn.), the building’s architect. “It offers a natural setting to enhance enjoyment of the view towards the mountains.”

“We recommended LiveRoof because it is the green roof system that is full-grown at the time of installation. That imparts immediate beauty and reduces long-term maintenance,” said John Wisinger, landscape designer, Hedstrom Design, LLC (Knoxville, Tenn.), the landscape architecture firm that designed the green roof and patio area. “In addition, the plants were cultivated right here in our own region.”

“On the day we delivered LiveRoof for installation, the system’s modules were abundantly vegetated with regionally adapted, locally grown plants already full-grown and flourishing,” said Andy Sudbrock, plant ecologist, Southeast Green Roofs, LLC. “The specialized plants, developed for their beauty and ability to thrive on rooftops for decades, will require minimal maintenance.”

“Green roofs provide green space as an architectural amenity and offer other significant benefits,” said Bruce Bosse, president, Merit Construction, Inc. “Green roofs extend the service life of a building’s roof, moderate stormwater runoff, and reduce energy demand and costs (especially for air conditioning in the summertime).”

About Merit Construction
Merit Construction, Inc. is a commercial and industrial construction firm located in Knoxville, Tenn. Merit has completed more than a billion dollars in construction volume since 1982, with an average of $87.2 million annually over the last five years. Merit has extensive experience building all types of beautiful and functional construction projects including office buildings, retail facilities, medical buildings and industrial facilities, as well as churches and educational facilities. Merit is committed to completing the highest quality building construction projects in a schedule-sensitive manner at the lowest possible cost utilizing safe construction methods. For more information, visit

About LiveRoof
LiveRoof®, LLC ( is the top horticultural science company in the green roof industry. Exceptional in design and function, the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System is the most refined horticultural solution. LiveRoof establishes a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that covers the rooftop with seamless vegetation. Licensed regional growers customize plant selection for every LiveRoof project. They deliver the system’s modules abundantly vegetated with locally cultivated, full-grown plants for an instant green roof and trouble-free ownership. LiveRoof’s natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance with ultra-low maintenance costs. The proof is on the roof — showcased in over 600 installations that total more than two million square feet.


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Merit Construction
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