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Written by Jake Glimco   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:09

New Sustainable Technologies Building Receiving Locally Grown Green Roof


Moline, IL / April 30 2012 – The environmental movement is here to stay and Black Hawk College is jumping onboard the green band wagon with their new Sustainable Technologies Building, which will feature a  LiveRoof® green roof system grown by Roof Top Sedums. The new building is located at the Moline campus and is set to house the Materials Science Technology degree and three related certificates starting this fall. But it’s not enough for Black Hawk to just offer this degree. Complete with wind turbines, geothermal heating and cooling, solar arrays, and a green roof, to be installed Tuesday, May 15th, the new building is a shining example of what students will learn to produce.

As part of the construction, Diamond Level LiveRoof® Certified installer, T&K Roofing, will be installing the 810 sq ft LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System atop the Sustainable Technologies Building’s flat roof May 15th. The LiveRoof® System was grown by Roof Top Sedums of Davenport, Iowa and is the third of its kind to be installed in the Quad City Area.  The vegetation will quickly transform the roof into a lush carpet of beautiful and hardy ground cover plants that will showcase mixes of reds and yellows arranged in a unique design.  The drought-tolerant vegetation can conserve up to 90 percent of storm water annually, protect and extend the life of roofing, and offer habitat for nesting birds.

Black Hawk College’s LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System will feature mixed varieties of the sedum species, a ground cover accustomed to growing in the shallow, well-draining, and specially-engineered soil which is designed to endure the longevity and extremes of a rooftop environment. The LiveRoof® System features a patent-pending hybrid design combining the best features of all green roof systems. The LiveRoof® System is cost-effective to maintain compared to most systems, because the fully-established plants act as their own living mulch.

About Roof Top Sedums: Roof Top Sedums was established in 2007 and is a Regional LiveRoof® Licensed Grower servicing Iowa, Western Illinois, Eastern Nebraska, Eastern Kansas, and most of Missouri.  The business is 100% women-owned and certified nationally as a Women’s Business Enterprise as well as an Iowa Targeted Small Business.  Co-founder Roxanne Nagel explains, “Green roofs have become widely accepted as an integral part of sustainable renovations. We are excited about the future and our role to provide an exceptional product in our region.”  For more information on projects previously grown by Roof Top Sedums or information about the LiveRoof® System, visit


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