UK Plans "Green Roof" For New Hospital Building

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

Environmental factors have been considered in constructing the new patient care facility at the UK hospital. Plans are in the early stages to make the fourth floor roof a "green roof."

The "green roof" will consist of specially designed plastic trays of plants that will cover nearly 22,000 square feet of the rooftop. It is an expensive renovation with the plants costing $20 per square foot.

Dan Miesle, UK Dir. Facility, Planning, & Development, says, "It's a little bit more expensive, but it doubles the life of the roof, so they'll pay it back within 5 years."

Using the "green roof" will improve aesthetics, reduce water runoff, improve air quality,and save energy.

The roof is expected to be complete by the summer of 2010.


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  • by Tony Location: Frankfort on May 8, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    The thin trays shown in the picture don't allow for much soil water storage. Is there provision for sprinklers to keep plants alive through dry weather? Also, are the plants perrenial and able to survive freezing in such shallow trays?
  • by Chris Location: Avon on May 8, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    Just another "feel good" project that the University of Kenflunky seems to be so interested in these days. Use your tax money on some more important things like your employees who aren't getting a raise for the next 2 years. Oh yeah, how about using this money to lower tuition by about 20%? The Administration and the Board of Trustees for UK is nothing but a joke!
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    WHAT???? A top twenty research university thinking??? What's next an answer to some of our energy problems?? no way

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