California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has installed its first green roof on top of its brand new University Student Union as part of the University’s commitment to sustainable building practices. The LiveRoof® green roof system provided by Florasource, Ltd. was installed on October 10 and 11 using LiveRoof’s pre-grown modular system. Members of the media are invited to view the installation by appointment.
“The green roof was part of our LEED Gold Certification. By insulating the roof it helps with energy costs while creating an interesting venue on our outdoor rooftop patio,” said Scott Kirby, associate director of operations for the CSUSM University Student Union. The LEED program is 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 testament to the values of the organizations that own and occupy them.
“I am most impressed with how efficiently the system works,” commented Kirby. “The plants were pre-grown in modules off site then brought in a more mature stage to help with their resiliency. Also the plants are grown in modules that allow them to be transported and arranged easily. For future maintenance this allows us to remove one module without damaging those around it.”
“The roof is very accessible; it is the upper most level of the student union, and makes up the north side of the plaza-like setting that offers seating and beautiful views of both the green roof and the hills to the north of campus,” said Tom Hawkins, LiveRoof’s Southern California rep and owner of Florasource, Ltd.
“The new four-story, 89,283 square-foot CSUSM University Student Union will be the ‘heartbeat’ of the campus, supporting the development of campus life as well as the engagement and retention of students,” said CSUSM Public Information Officer Margaret Lutz-Chantun. “The USU will feature four different dining options, a coffee shop and lounge, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a convenience store, a quite lounge, a spiritual lounge, a TV lounge, activity room and commuter lounge.”
The USU was funded through student fees and students played an important role in the design and construction process. The new building will be the new home of Student Life & Leadership, the Tukwut Leadership Center, Associated Students, Inc. and all of the social justice centers including the Cross Cultural Center, Pride Center and Women’s Center. A ballroom, meeting rooms and office space for student union operations and the university cooperation will also be included.
“We are all eagerly awaiting the grand opening of this special building and look forward to the unifying impact it will have on our campus c0mmunity,” said Lutz-Chantung.
Plant selections were proposed by LandLAB, a San Diego based landscape architecture firm, with review and input from Florasource Ltd. and Native Sons Wholesale Nursery, the LiveRoof Green Roof System sales and production representatives for California. The roof is planted with several Western U.S. native grasses and succulents and a number of plants of Mediterranean origin that will perform well in the inland San Diego county climate.
About Florasource Ltd. – (www.florasourceltd.com) Based in San Clemente, CA, Florasource Ltd. is an independent horticultural supply firm dedicated to providing growers and grower-retailers with both innovative and time-honored young plants for growing. The firm also supplies the design and construction trades, as well as homeowners, with applied horticultural products to support a sustainable existence. Florasource Ltd. is the Southern California Sales Representative for LiveRoof®, the first hybrid green roof system, and partners with Native Sons Wholesale Nursery, producer of the finished LiveRoof modules and the LiveRoof representative for Northern California.
About LiveRoof – Based in Spring Lake, Michigan, LiveRoof®, LLC (www.liveroof.com) 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 1,000 installations that total nearly 4 million square feet.
About California State University San Marcos – California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego. www.csusm.edu.