Today we had a milestone meeting for green roofs in Texas. UTA landscape architecture professor Dr. David Hopman recently had a green roof installed on a UTA science building. So, today we went to UTA to see their roof, and he came to the Nature Center to see ours. Our roofs designs and our preframing of what a Green Roof in this area should look like led to interesting differences of approach and implementation. We certainly can learn from his study (and selfishly cite it in our thesis, thanks by the way) and hopfully he can learn from ours as well.
But probably just as important was the collection of people who traveled around with us. First off, we had a few TCU undergraduates come to see the roofs. These undergraduates are doing numerous forms of research on the roof module boxes, but that is another post for another night.
Also with us was Bob O’Kennon and Pat Harrison from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (or BRIT, as we affectionately call it). Bob is actually one of our advisors, and a great resource for plant identification (as he literally wrote the book). BRIT is planning on having a green roof on their new facility that is set to open in 2011, so we are trying to help them in any way we can.
Also packed into our not so small 15-passenger van was Sue Linder-Lindsly from the Audubon Society and Elizabeth from Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Market. Sue told us that the new Audubon Society building south of downtown Dallas just put their soil in for their new green roof! How awesome!!! I’m going out Monday to see how their doing it. And Elizabeth was great to meet as well; she is familiar with many native plant species and grows and sells many of them as well.
So basically, the UTA roof will be cool to see because they are using commercially available plants and soil, and the set up is actually on a roof. Our roof is a meant to mimic the Fort Worth Prairie Barrens and glade communities and BRIT’s will be similar I think. and then the Audobon Society’s roof is meant to be a tallgrass prairie. Man that’s cool. All educational institutions and we’re pioneering green roofs in the area. This is an exciting time.