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Symphony grows rooftop garden

July 4, 2014
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Symphony grows rooftop garden
The West Michigan Symphony’s rooftop garden in downtown Muskegon is a rentable space. Photo via fb.com

A symphony is enjoying the view from a new rooftop garden on its second-story deck.

Lake view

Advanced Green Architecture in Grand Rapids installed the 500-square-foot green roof this week at the West Michigan Symphony’s second-story deck atop The Block in downtown Muskegon, at 360 W. Western Ave.

The West Michigan Symphony said the rooftop garden is consistent with its commitment to sustainability.

“AGA did a wonderful job translating our ideas and vision into an aesthetically pleasing design,” said Carla Hill, president and CEO, West Michigan Symphony. “We knew we wanted more than just an outdoor patio with some planters. In keeping with our interest in sustainability and our desire to align our new space with the historic nature of the building, this is the perfect solution.”

Hill said in addition to providing great views of Muskegon Lake, the rooftop garden will also serve as a beautiful backdrop for symphony receptions and events.

She added that the space is available to rent for weddings, parties, recitals and other events.

The garden

A team from the firm spent several weeks designing the symphony’s rooftop garden, which features 15 varieties of plants, including flowering perennials, ornamental grasses and sedums.

The roof uses eight to 12 inches of soil for the perennials and grasses and three inches for the sedum.

It relies on an integrated sub-surface irrigation system to ensure the success and long-lasting vibrancy of the plants.

Drip lines have been inserted through modular trays to supply water to capillary irrigation mats, which feed water below the surface of the soil directly to the roots and allow for deep rooting of the plants.

Design

Advanced Green Architecture developed its Advanced Green Roof system based on scientific, green-roof research.

The system has won the EPA award at the Sustainable Design Expo for an innovative solution to the world’s sustainability challenges.

The proprietary system gives the firm “greater design flexibility and allows us to use more organic design forms that go beyond the industry’s pre-grown rectangles,” said Erik Cronk, co-founder, Advanced Green Architecture. 

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