Green Roof Opens on $7.7 Million East Lansing Development

City of East Lansing officials gathered around the roof on the $7.7 million Albert Place development this week to celebrate the city’s effort to incorporate green qualities into area developments.

A green roof has been added to the 50,000 square foot mixed-use development in downtown East Lansing. The roof consists of more than 400 2x4-foot modules that have been planted with low maintenance sedum plants. The modules are made of 100 percent recycled material.

“We had two motivators,” says Lori Mullins with the City of East Lansing about the decision to green the roof. “One, we’re looking at environmentally efficient initiatives related to all of our public projects. Two, the original designs for the project included some condos looking over the parking lot and we though this would significantly help the sales of the condos. The green roof will be unique and attractive.”

The green roof acts as an insulator for the building and will also help absorb large quantities of rainwater.

“The green roof and other LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and practices will be used in future building projects by the city,” Mullins says.

Source: Mikell Frey, City of East Lansing

Ivy Hughes, development news editor, can be reached here.

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