Student Union Expansion at the University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Student Union Expansion at the University of Central Florida - Half of the Student Union's expansion is home to the green roof project; Photos Courtesy of UCF.Project Name: Student Union Expansion at the University of Central Florida (UCF)
Year: 2005
Owner: The University of Central Florida
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1600 sq.ft.
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Linda S. Velazquez

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architects: SchenkelSchultz
Project Leader: Dr. Marty Wanielista, UCF Stormwater Management Academy
They plant native Florida plants that will grow quickly and require little maintenance; Photo UCF.Matt Branch adjusting the meteorological station on the green roof section. Source: FSEC The Energy Chronicle; Photo: Jeff SonneNative plants on the UCF roof. Photo by Jerry Klein, UCF.
According to a UCF 2005 article, see below, "UCF is the first university in the state to install a green roof. The state Department of Environmental Protection provided UCF with a grant of about $340,000 to create, maintain and study the effects of the green roof, which occupies half of the roof of the Student Union expansion. The other half is a standard roof that will be used as a comparison for temperatures, water runoff levels and the condition of the green roof. Professor Marty Wanielista and the architectural firm SchenkelSchultz collaborated in pursuing the state grant for the green roof.

"The UCF Student Union is the Department of Environmental Protection?s second green roof research project. The first was installed a year ago at Bonita Bay golf course." UCF is planning to build green roofs on other new or existing buildings on campus.
April 2006 Growth. Source: Marty Wanielista. "Green Roof" side-by-side comparison. Source: FSEC The Energy Chronicle; Photo: Jeff Sonne
The various native and non-native plants were planted in April and May, 2005 and the greenroof is irrigated. In addition to increasing aesthetic appeal as well as adding to stormwater management, including mitigating water pollution, the 1,600 sf greenroof is expected to cut the expansion?s energy costs by about 50 percent and extend the life of the roof from 20 to 50 years. Referring to greenroofs in general, Professor Marty Wanielista of the University of Central Florida said in a June 10, 2006 article in the HeraldToday.com by Richard Dymond, "They reduce the temperature of the roof from 165 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 to 90 degrees, and can increase the life span of a roof." UCF Arboretum Director Martin Quigley said that 75 percent Florida native plants that have adapted to extreme dry and wet conditions were incorporated into the scheme, including dune sunflowers, coral honeysuckles and blanket flowers.

UCF also has an experimental project design area on the ground of 18 - 4' x 4' watertight and insulated modules where they are comparing two growth media, two irrigation schedules (volumes) and have controls with a conventional roof and no-vegetation with a duplicate of each. Visit the UCF Stormwater Management Academy website, see below, for complete greenroof temperature, runoff, water quality, plant studies and more monitoring data as well as to see the Live Web Cam of the greenroof. You can also download various PowerPoint presentations here.

Additional thumbnail photos:

May, 2005:  As they grow, the plants that are now just visible at the edge of the roof will grow down the wall of the building. Photo UCF.Typical Section from the UCF Student Union ExpansionJuly 2005 growth. Source: Marty Wanielista.UCF Temperature Comparisons of Greened vs. Non-Greened Roofs.Experimental Project Design on the ground a0 UCF. Source: Marty Wanielista.
For more info, contact UCF Professor Marty Wanielista, director of the UCF Stormwater Management Academy and the leader of the Student Union project at: wanielis@mail.ucf.edu. See the following NewsLinks:

Rainfall Simulator, Green Roof Chambers Part of New UCF Stormwater Lab
UCF News & Information, by Chad Binette
December 5, 2007

New Green Roof at Student Union an Early Success
UCF News & Information, by Chad Binette
May 17, 2005

?Green Roof? Project at UCF Testing New Energy Performance Strategy
The Energy Chronicle, A Newsletter of the Florida Solar Energy Center, by Staff
July 2005
 
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