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Green Roof Solutions Leads Install of Rooftop Kitchen Garden on Landmark Uptown Building

Glenview, IL. (November 25, 2014)
- Green Roof Solutions provided their expertise and materials to kick start a rooftop garden at the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). Their expert consultation and aid in planning made the installation safe, quick, and easy. Working on an historic landmark building, Green Roof Solutions made sure the roof would be properly protected.


Rooftop Kitchen Garden in the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)


Based on a concept drawn by Joseph Taylor, ICA’s resident green thumb, plans were put in motion to determine the feasibility of moving from concept to reality. The most important things that needed to be considered were the weight capacity of the roof and the type of roof membrane. The ICA’s construction manager was able to determine the building had the capacity to hold the weight of the raised bed, which was based on a structural analysis for a concurrent solar panel installation.

Green Roof Solutions has seen the development of the green roof industry in the US grow, and a major barrier it overcame was the potential of poorly installed or designed systems to damage the buildings beneath them. As urban agriculture reaches skyward, they wanted to bring the lessons they had learned to the scene. With more and more farms sprouting on rooftops, there is potential for mishaps involving the roof membrane, which span from a leak to a collapse. With an ornate and landmark building on their hands, Green Roof Solutions knew the stakes were high and wanted to build a protective, and still beautiful, system.

To determine the type of roof membrane on the ICA’s building Green Roof Solutions conducted an onsite visit with ICA staff. Back in the office, they determined which products would protect the roof and keep the roof membrane’s warranty intact.

After months of careful planning, Green Roof Solutions led the installation of the rooftop raised bed at the ICA. The components that ensure roof protection are designed to work seamlessly with GRS’s raised bed corners, which made for a quick and simple build. The Green Roof Solutions team and Joseph installed the bed in about two hours. That time even included cutting cedar lumber to size!


Another exemplary Chicago organization, Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) provided the connections between GRS and ICA to launch this project. The Chicago Conservation Corps recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects--and is how Megan from Green Roof Solutions learned about the ICA. The C3 motto, “You care, do something, we’ll help,” applied perfectly to how Megan saw this opportunity to expand the ICA’s green efforts.

Currently the rooftop kitchen garden will serve residents of the ICA’s intentional living community. Joseph Taylor hopes to experiment with season extension and also increase production to benefit homeless and at risk women from Sarah’s Circle, one of the social service agencies housed in the ICA building.


GRS raised beds GRS raised beds




About Green Roof Solutions
Green Roof Solutions ( was founded with the goal of bringing high-quality green roof components to the market in the United States to support the then young American green roof industry. We have grown to provide primarily American-made products throughout North America and beyond. We are focused on quality, and we are confident that we have the best products available for green roofs, living walls, and other green building products.

About Institute of Cultural Affairs (USA)

The mission of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (USA) ( is to build a just and equitable society in harmony with Planet Earth through empowering cultural dimensions of the social process. ICA programs strengthen the capacities of organizations, communities, and individuals to build and implement innovative plans of action that draw upon assets and social capital in a collaborative manner.

About Chicago Conservation Corps (C3)

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) ( is a program of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with support from the City of Chicago, in collaboration with partners across the city.


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Megan Grant
Green Roof Solutions

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