Green Roofs in Indianapolis, Indiana

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This post is dedicated  to all brothers and sister firefighters but especially those in Indianapolis, Indiana the home of FDIC the Super Bowl of Firefighting :)

MAYOR ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF FIRST GREEN ROOF INSTALLATION ON INDIANAPOLIS CITY PROPERTY

Project Addresses Drainage Issues and Creates Community Space

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard today announced the completion of the Union Station green roof project – the first green roof installed on city property in Indianapolis. The green roof project, located on the former train deck spanning Meridian Street, addressed long-standing drainage concerns both on and below the deck, and has been enhanced with a community space available for educational events.

“The newly installed green roof atop Union Station eliminates several long-term maintenance concerns in a visually appealing and innovative way,” said Mayor Ballard. “This unique project and the community space created by its construction are part of our efforts to become one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest.”  GreenRoof

Standing water on the deck surface had damaged the deck, and leaking also degraded the pavement on Meridian Street below. There were also signs of degradation of the structural bridge steel. The green roof project includes a new deck with a re-graded surface to prevent standing water, a comprehensive trench drainage system and a modular green roof designed to reduce storm water runoff.

About 50 percent of the total surface is green roof material while the other portion is a concrete roof deck that includes picnic tables, outdoor benches and umbrellas. Total project costs were about $250,000; a $50,000 grant from Citizens Energy Group covered the green infrastructure elements of the project.

The green roof will be maintained organically with no chemical pesticides or herbicides, will be weeded, and will be watering if drought conditions last more than three months. The City of Indianapolis partnered with local engineering firm RW Armstrong, which has offices in Union Station. The firm completed a portion of the design and engineering work for the project.

For more information on green building in Indianapolis, visit www.Indy.gov/SustainIndy

Other Green Roofs in Indianapolis:

Project Name: Indianapolis Children’s Museum Green Roof
Year: 2010
Owner: Indianapolis Children’s Museum
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3228 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

 

Project Name: Eli Lilly
Year: 2009
Owner: Eli Lilly
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 2682 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Green Roof Blocks
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Modular Greenroof Systems: Green Roof Blocks and Green Paks

 

Project Name: John H Boner Community Center
Year: 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access:
Inaccessible, Open to Public
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Halsted Architects
Grower: Hortech / LiveRoof LLC
Installer: AAA Roofing

1oth & Rural St. Green Roof

Project Name: 10th & Rural
Year: 2007
Owner: Private
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 565 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: LiveRoof, LLC
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Architect: Schmidt Associates
Grower: Hortech / LiveRoof LLC
Installation: AAA Roofing
Waterproofing System: Firestone Building Products
Slip Sheet Product: EPDM, Firestone Building Products

 

Project Name: Schmidt Associates
Year: 2005
Owner: Schmidt Associates
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source
Provider
Size: 250 sq.ft.
Slope: 1.5%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: John Shepley
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Plant Supplier:
Greenroof Plants/Emory Knoll Farms

 

Project Name: Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
Owner: City of Indianapolis
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 15000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Greenroofs.com
Designers/Manufacturers
of Record:

Architect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects

To learn more about Green Roofs attend my 2012 FDIC class.

Hazards of Modern Roofs

Lieutenant/Training Officer John Shafer, Greencastle (IN) Fire Department

The class will examine trends and methods in modern building construction with an emphasis on roofs, their direct relationship to vertical ventilation, structural firefighting operations, and firefighter survivability. Inherent roof construction features and hazards that directly influence truck company work will be the main focus, along with green roofs, methods, and exotic materials that are used to achieve green standards, and the potential hazards that they present to fire service personnel. Many of these materials such as recycled rubber shingles, solar panels, and green (garden) roofs are not common knowledge to most fire service personnel.

To Register:

http://www.fdic.com/register.html

 

Stay Safe and see you at FDIC

Lt. John Shafer

 

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department. An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.