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Green roof added to once-vacant building
Green roof added to once-vacant building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An environmentally friendly roof now sits over Rockford Construction’s new home in Grand Rapids.

Advanced Green Architecture (AGA) began installing the roof system July 8.  It contains 3” to 6” of soil covered with a variety of sedum plants, ornamental grasses and other perennials. 

Rockford Construction’s new offices are located at 601 First Street NW, which was once home to Miller Products before it sat vacant for many years.  The company is working to make its new facility LEED Gold certified before moving in. The newly-renovated building will feature a courtyard with green space and a deck, along with a rooftop patio.

This isn’t the first LEED project for Rockford Construction.  The company built the Grand Rapids Art Museum- the world’s first LEED certified art museum, Keystone Community Church, which was the nation’s first LEED certified church, the rectory for St. Anthony of Padua, and Meijer’s Allen Park store—the prototype for future LEED certified Meijer supercenters.

AGA creeated the first green roof certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, as well as a green roof for the greenest building in the world, located in Grand Rapids. AGA is responsible for green roof projects at the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Catalyst Partners Office, Howie’s Hockey and a home in Caledonia.