Kyle Sasaki, ASLA, LEED AP Senior Landscape Architect at Ki Concepts designed the garden roof, which will be installed by Green Thumb, Inc. Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery is working with LiveRoof® Global, LLC of Spring Lake, Michigan, as the certified grower for this project. The new living roof will help earn LEED® points in several categories. This is important as the project team hopes to achieve LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification attainable from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.
“Providing a unique learning environment for future scientists is an honor for Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery,” says David Fell, President. “We value the research-based learning these students are conducting every day. We hope their living roof learning experience will provide life-long inspiration for environmental stewardship.”
The 350 square foot garden will feature five plant selections laid in a pattern, including: Variegated Baby Sun Rose, Baby Sun Rose, Japanese Sedum, Rose Moss, and Tricolor Stonecrop.
Green roofs provide nature function and beauty. A patented, subterranean modular system unites the soil and plants creating a naturally beautiful meadow-like aesthetic. The roofs provide aesthetic, environmental and social benefits.
Financial benefits can also be achieved from a vegetative roof including: extension of roof life, energy conservation, enhanced public relations, and conservation of municipal septic systems.