Project Profile Rockford Construction Headquarters Green Roof

Project Profile Rockford Construction Headquarters Green Roof

Green roof designed and installed by AGA adds to LEED certified project

Advanced Green Architecture (AGA) and Rockford Construction. both of Grand Rapids, Mich. have teamed up to add to Grand Rapids’ green properties. A green roof designed and installed by AGA will be a part of the renovations by Rockford Construction to create a LEED certified building for its new office at 601 First Street—once the Miller Products building that has sat vacant for many years. AGA’s Advanced Green Roof™ system is being installed beginning July 8.

Rockford Construction wanted to be as environmentally conscious as possible for its new office and provide team members a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing space in which to work. A courtyard with green space and a deck, along with a rooftop patio, are two of the buildings features. Choosing to create a green roof was a natural fit, not only as a sustainable LEED feature but also to provide natural space within a traditionally urban landscape.

The green roof was designed by Advanced Green Architecture using its Advanced Green Roof Built-up system, which allowed for a range of soil depth from 3 6 to be installed on the 3,300-square-foot green roof. A variety of sedum plants were designed for the shallow soil areas and perennials and ornamental grasses in the deeper soil areas. AGA’s design was chosen by Rockford because it matched the architecture of the new building, with many straight and angular lines, and was aesthetically pleasing by creating varying levels of landscape structure.

“AGA has been the most amazing partner as we worked together to design the green roof,” stated Mike VanGessel, CEO. “Their experience and knowledge are unparalleled in the industry, and with their guidance, Rockford Construction will have a green roof that is not only spectacular, but also functional and enjoyable for staff to behold.”

AGA was attracted to the project as a way to continue to make a difference in Grand Rapids with sustainable building.

“This project highlights great things begin done in Grand Rapids and we want to continue to be a part of those projects that improve the quality of life for residents and business here,” said AGA co-founder Erik Cronk. Rockford Construction has been great to work with because of their commitment to creating a high-performance green roof that will be a showcase of the entire project. The design selected will provide more in terms of aesthetics and biodiversity than other green roof systems which typically use only a mix of sedum.

AGA’s other Grand Rapids green roof projects include the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)—the first green roof to be a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation ; the Catalyst Partners Office, LEED-NC v2.2 Platinum Certified project that was the most green building at the time of certification; a green roof on Howies Hockey and a Caledonia residence, in addition to projects across the country, including Vision House LA.

Rockford’s renovation for its new office also includes environmental cleaning of the building to address asbestos, arsenic, lead, VOCs, and unsuitable contaminated soils due to this being an industrial coating plant which zinc plated and e-coated car parts. Once completed the building will be LEED Gold certified.

Other green building projects in Grand Rapids that Rockford has handled includes the Grand Rapids Art Museum—the world’s first LEED art museum; Keystone Community Church—the nation’s first LEED church; the rectory for St. Anthony of Padua; and Meijer’s Allen Park store—the prototype for future LEED Meijer supercenters.


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