Sustainability and Travel & Tourism

Bus shelter provides learning opportunity

GR architectural firm has hand in providing green roof system.

October 10, 2014
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A Michigan State University bus shelter in East Lansing is about to become a classroom.

This fall, Grand Rapids-based Advanced Green Architecture will install its Advanced Green Roof system on a bus shelter near the MSU Student Union — one of the busiest pedestrian areas on campus.

The green roof will serve as a public demonstration project, viewable to pedestrians and motorists, with the goal of raising public awareness about the benefits of green roofs.

Green roofs aid in stormwater management, energy conservation, reduction of urban heat islands and increased habitat space.

The bus shelter will not only house the green roof, but will also have QR codes that can be scanned with smartphones, linking to green roof information.

"We wanted to do a project on campus that would be seen by as many people as possible, and teach them something about green roofs," said Erik Cronk, co-founder of Advanced Green Architecture.

AGA collaborated with faculty from the MSU Green Roof Research Program, students from the landscape architecture program, Brasco International, which is the bus shelter manufacturer, and the Capital Area Transit Authority, which operates the bus service on campus, to design and retrofit the green roof.

Brasco International will replace an old, barrel-style roof with a low-sloped roof to hold the additional weight of the green roof, and to make it visible from the ground.

AGA has completed several green roof projects across the country.

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