|On April 10, 2008, Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON?) successfully completed the installation of a GreenGrid? Green Roof System atop the Frances Bunzl Administration Center of the High Museum of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. While not the first green roof in the Atlanta metropolitan area, it is the largest modular system installed to date in the area. The 6,680-square-foot green roof sets an example of how vegetated green roofs would benefit the City of Atlanta by cleaning and reducing stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat island effect, reducing energy consumption, extending roof life and improving air quality. This green roof has the ability to retain about 62,000 gallons of stormwater per year or approximately 70 % of the total rain fall.|
Patrick G. McCann, WESTON President and CEO stated, ?We look forward to working with the community to make a difference in Atlanta one green step at a time and extend the benefits of GreenGrid? to our many sustainability partners in the southeast.? Greg Harper, WESTON Project Manager adds, ?The GreenGrid modular system is cost effective. Also, the modules can be picked up if the roof or other mechanicals need servicing and then replaced when repairs are completed. You can?t do that with a built-in-place system.?
|This project at the High Museum of Art/Woodruff Arts Center was conceived by Woodruff Board of Trustees member David Harris. It was financed in part through a Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources awarded to the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. Matching funding came from the Kendeda Foundation. Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants are awarded to projects that prevent, control and/or abate non-point source pollution.|
WESTON partnered with local firms ItSaul Natural and Saul Nurseries, respectively, for the growth media and plants for the project. The Savannah College of Art and Design contributed to plant selection for seasonal design elements, and filmed a documentary of the module installation.
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|The Bunzl Administration Center of the High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309. Read the entire WESTON Press Release of April 17, 2008 here, and learn more about GreenGrid, Saul Nurseries and ItSaul Natural in the Greenroof Directory. Download the fall 2008 Green Zone Woodruff Arts Center's Environmental Awareness Newsletterhere.|
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