By Kat Harrold GRP
Photo~ Jorg Breuning
After much anticipation and preparation, the ABC Carpet and Home green roof has officially begun construction! We met with Construction Manager, Micheal Cluer, and Forewoman, Collen Loft, yesterday at ABC to check on the progress and to discuss project details.
The first few days consisted of meticulously cleaning the roof so as to remove all debris, such as nails and small stones, that might damage the waterproofing. A thorough examination of existing roof conditions was also performed to check for any preventable trouble spots. While the weather had called for only 10% chance of precipitation with sunny skies Monday, that 10% decided to make a visit early that morning which turned the sweeping into more of a mopping procedure. On the bright side the roof will be squeaky clean and puddles were quick to evaporate.
The next step after cleaning the roof will be to find the support beams and mark out where the green roof segments will go. Once this is done, edging will be cut and assembled to frame the green roof planting areas. Because of all the pipes present on the green roof there will be some areas that will be segmented so that they can be built around the pipes.
Check in next week as we get into the dirty business blowing the growing media onto the roof. For those of you not familiar with what that entails just think of a snow machine.....but one that blows dirt instead of snow.