New building's green roof to feature native plants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A new office and research building going up in downtown Louisville will have a green roof with plants native to Kentucky.

The Nucleus Research and Innovation Park-Market Street building will be "topped off" during a ceremony Tuesday with University of Louisville President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer participating.

The event will feature a prototype of the green roof and some of the plants to be grown there.

Nucleus is Kentucky's innovation center and an arm of the U of L Foundation.

The building is on the site of the old Louisville Haymarket property. The structure has eight stories and 197,000 square feet and is expected to be LEED-certified, verifying its energy efficiency and other environment-friendly features.

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