By Joe Devoy ~Tellus 360
Photos by Tellus 360
A year has passed since the Tellus 360’s green roof was installed and we caught up with Tellus 360’s owner, Joe Devoy. We asked Joe to write a few words reflecting on his new urban oasis.
“One day we were standing on our big flat roof, the sun shining down, the wind gently blowing, having a chat. We were looking at the Marriott and Convention Center being built next door. Coming up to the roof had become a kind of ritual, a pleasant place to relax and reflect.
When we were on the roof we were still part of the city, but it was a different part of the city. Captured all around us were the sounds of city but we were still removed somehow. After a few of these trips the decision was made; a green roof must be built on our roof. We all needed a therapeutic place where city and nature could meet, where the sounds of life relax not excite.
As we talked to Fritz Schroeder of LIVE Green Lancaster and met Jörg and Kat from Green Roof Technology, our vision of a community oasis developed in our mind. “A better way to live and a better life for our building.” Our vision for our building has always been for it to be alive, that it could breathe with the city. We want it to expand and contract, to participate in our life and to help us be better in the way we live.
Our new green roof has achieved that and the life it has brought to our building and our community has been equally amazing. Now I return each morning for my daily ritual. The smell of earth and the sounds of a city alive surround me as I enjoy my breakfast from the local farmers market. I love to hear the city breathe, I love to hear our building breathe.”