Grand Haven Dumpster Covers
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The Grand Haven Dumpster Covers in August, 2007, right after installation; Photos By and Courtesy Dave MacKenzie of LiveRoof.Project Name: Grand Haven Dumpster Covers
Year: 2007
Owner: City of Grand Haven
Location: Grand Haven, MI, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1536 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Amber Evans, LiveRoof, LLC

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
General Manager: Dave MacKenzie, LiveRoof, LLC
Landscape Architect: Teresa Nelson, Fleis and Vandenbrink
Installation: Dale Kwekel, Grand Haven Garden House
A beautiful flowering side view in August 2007.The autumn view in October, 2007; Photos By and Courtesy Dave MacKenzie of LiveRoof.Fall colors on the dumpster greenroof, October, 2007.
The city of Grand Haven had a need for dumpsters near a shopping district and condo developments. The local residents desired a nicer view out of their second or third story windows than the local trash. Teresa Nelson, a landscape architect at Fleis and Vandenbrink, suggested a LiveRoof green roof enclosure and the team went with it. Three structures totaling over 1500sf of green roof were erected to cover the dumpsters and to create a pleasing view from the neighboring windows.
October, 2007; Photos By and Courtesy Dave MacKenzie of LiveRoof.2008; Photo By and Courtesy LiveRoof.
LiveRoof was chosen as the single source system, and two layers of EPDM were used as waterproofing along with a protective slip sheet. LiveRoof Edging by Permaloc was used to enclose the installation of 1' x 2' x 4" LiveRoof modules. The patterns included 6 mixes of different colors and textures of sedums, laid out in a quilt-like pattern. The mixes were grown at Hortech / LiveRoof to full maturity (minimum 95% vegetation) and shipped using LiveRoof's custom roofing racking system, the Hoppit. Installation in late August, 2007 for all three structures took less than one full working day, and the end product was a fully vegetated, seamless, green roof.

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Learn about the LiveRoof modular system in The Greenroof Directory here, and see their project profile here. Read the August 22, 2007 article "Downtown dumpsters get living roofs" by Mark Brooky in the Grand Haven Tribune here. Visit Fleis and Vandenbrink at: http://www.fveng.com, Gran Haven Garden House at: http://www.ghgardenhouse.com/index.aspx, and learn about Permaloc edging at: www.permaloc.com/products/lredge.html.
 
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