First green roof in Cedar Rapids - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

First green roof in Cedar Rapids


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- This week, resident-owners at the Water Tower Place condominium complex will unveil the city's first vegetated green roof, designed to mitigate storm water run-off.

Water Tower Place is hosting an open house for the public on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. to showcase the green roof garden.

The roof features more than 7,400 square feet of sedum and native Iowa plants in growing trays that provide hardy and low-maintenance vegetative cover. The green roof is specifically designed to mitigate storm water run-off during moderate to heavy rains.

The project received $98,012 through the State of Iowa's I-JOBS Improved Green Urban Storm Water Best Management Practices Grant administered by the Iowa DNR. The goal of the grant program is to assist communities to create storm water protection improvements for future flood protection and improved water quality. The program was established after the devastating floods of 2008.

According to Jeff Berckes, DNR program coordinator for the grant program, the Water Tower Place green roof will reduce storm water run-off by up to 80 percent. Additionally, the plant materials will absorb 95 percent of a one-inch rainfall.

Water Tower Place, located at 900 Second St. SE in Cedar Rapids, is a converted 1920s warehouse with loft-styled residential and commercial units.


Powered by Frankly