Seattles First Hill Streetcar Building Sprouts Green Roof

Seattles First Hill Streetcar Building Sprouts Green Roof

Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar Building Sprouts Green Roof

Seattle’s second new streetcar line, First Hill, is expected to be completed in early 2014 and will boast a green roof atop it’s newly-constructed maintenance facility. Green roofs, or vegetation on roofs, offer many benefits, including beautification, water management, air purification, and an increase in energy efficiency. Installation of the LiveRoof® green roof system by GreenFeathers® will begin on June 26th, 2013 and is expected to be completed within a few days.

The 10,000 square-foot facility roof will be planted with sedums. These drought-tolerant plants require little care, thrive in full sun with good drainage and suppress weeds. This green roof is just one of the features of this building to certify it under the LEED silver program, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Certified LEED buildings cost less to operate and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them.

According to Terrance Plumb, Senior Project Manager with Seattle Department of Transportation, "The green roof is expected to last two to three times as long as a traditional tar or rubber roof, and it will help keep polluted water out of local waterways by absorbing excess rainfall." The maintenance and operations facility’s function is housing operation personnel, as well as storing and maintaining the streetcars.

Jenny Ruthven, sales representative at GreenFeathers, notes that while people will be going about their business using the new public transportation system, the living roof system will be quietly and constantly working above providing ongoing benefits, "Green roofs help reduce urban temperature, noise pollution, minimize water runoff, and provide wildlife habit to birds and bees. These systems can be sustained for decades."

Seattle’s First Streetcar line, South Lake Union Line, began operation in 2007. When completed, the First Hill Streetcar will be an important connection in the regional transit system. The streetcar line will stop in Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, Central Area, Yesler Terrace, First Hill and Capitol Hill. This route will link diverse residential neighborhoods, business, arts, sports and entertainment districts, as well as educational and medical centers.

Seattles First Hill Streetcar Building Sprouts Green Roof . ) is an affiliate of Blooming Nursery, a wholesale nursery dedicated to supplying a wide variety of reliable plant material, including herbaceous perennials, temperennials, annuals, groundcovers, herbs, ornamental grasses, shrubs and vines. Greenfeathers also offers finished containers, as well as plugs, potted liners and bare root divisions.

About LiveRoof — Based in Spring Lake, Michigan, LiveRoof®, LLC ( ) is the top horticultural science company in the green roof industry. Exceptional in design and function, the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System is the most refined horticultural solution. LiveRoof establishes a healthy, sustainable ecosystem covering rooftops with seamless vegetation. Licensed regional growers customize plant selection for every LiveRoof project. They deliver the system’s modules abundantly vegetated with locally cultivated, full-grown plants for an instant green roof and trouble-free ownership. LiveRoof’s natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance with ultra-low maintenance costs. The proof is on the roof — showcased in over 800 installations that total more than 3 million square feet.

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