Plants growing on a building isn’t typically a desired outcome, but on 5/17, students, staff and Horticulture faculty were encouraging just that in planter boxes atop the Kelley Engineering Center’s 3rd floor roof. Throughout the day they fixed irrigation lines, weeded, topped off soil and replanted the boxes with a mix of native and drought-tolerant grasses, sedums and other perennials. Stop by to take a look at their great handiwork from the west end of the 4th floor of Kelley.
Later this year, it is expected that Kelley will have a 1,000 sq. ft. green roof installed in an area adjacent to the planters. Vegetating the roof increases building insulation, extends the life of the membrane, helps filter and retain stormwater, provides habitat, and improves the aesthetic of the space.