GRCC Green Roof


The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Sustainability Council implemented a sustainability plan in 2006 which has a vision statement that reads: GRCC will be a leader in our community in making sustainable practices in the norm through education and example.

GRCC is committed to sustainability. In March of 2005 a feasibility study was commissioned and executed by GMB Architecture + Engineering to recommend a vegetated roof application at the Applied Technology Center at GRCC downtown Grand Rapids Campus.

In the Spring of 2007, GRCC applied for a grant from the Steelcase Foundation for funding of an 18,000 square foot vegetated roof and a renovated plaza, incorporating the same green roof technology to enhance an “al fresco” dining experience for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

By Fall 2007, GRCC had been awarded the necessary funding to execute the project and the design work began. GMB and the GRCC Facilities Department selected the Liveroof™, pre-vegetated roof modules for the basis of the vegetated roof design. One of the major project requirements was community education and exposure of the technology and the benefits of such a system. New windows, door access, and observation deck were added to create maximum exposure and community viewing of the vegetated area. The college projects energy savings because of additional thermal mass added to the building envelope, as well as reduced storm water leaving the building thus positively impacting the city of Grand Rapids storm water system. The vegetation design for the main roof area was derived from the shape of the building three story atrium space.

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American School & University Magazine: Landscape Architecture Citation


18,000 SF


Completed in Spring 2008

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