|Situated on 152 acres of magnificent gardens and grounds just 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, the IMA is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Oldfields?Lilly House & Gardens and the future Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. According to an article in the IndyStar.com (see below), "Flowers, shrubs and about five-dozen Red Sunset maple trees have all been planted atop a massive underground parking garage.|
City officials hope the rooftop can help inspire a larger movement toward more environmentally friendly building practices in Indianapolis as part of Mayor Bart Peterson's pledge to push a "sustainable" city agenda." The excess water from the roof is funneled to a nearby wetland area. Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell says Indianapolis plans to further develop its own green plan, including more greenroofs.
|AN ebuild article from November, 2006 states "At the IMA's parking garage, about 60 Red Sunset maple trees are rooted in 4 feet of Haydite, a heat-expanded shale that is lightweight and porous. It is mixed with sand and bark mulch, but no dirt. |
The IMA's underground parking garage and roof-planting project accomplished several goals, Zelonis said. An aboveground garage would have interfered with the views of the main museum building and surrounding landscapes. With the more expensive, below-ground structure, the museum was able to address parking and aesthetic concerns, he said."
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|Read the March 26, 2007 IndyStar.com article, "City considers routes toward sustainability -IMA's green roof offers a case study; recycling program also gets second look" by Brendan O'Shaughnessy here, and the November 6, 2006 ebuild article here.|
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