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Green Roof

Hospital Roof Goes Green

Green RoofInstead of a traditional roof, one of the hospital’s main buildings is covered in a roof of living plants. The 48,500-square-foot green roof, in keeping with Metro Health’s focus on innovative ways to protect the planet, is lower in maintenance and provides greater insulation, while it offers a more therapeutic environment for patients.

The majority of our 208 patient rooms have a view of the roof and its vegetation, which changes as each season unfolds, to provide a colorful display all year round. While pleasant scenery enhances human healing, these specially selected plants also improve air quality, minimize storm water runoff and cool down surrounding air.

Green Roof Plants

Six different kinds of plants, including five varieties of sedum cover the larger than one acre roof. The types of sedum selected work well on green roofs because they are not only drought resistant but also hold onto and store water, while growing in just four inches of soil. Flowers will bloom in the summer, and even in the winter, some of the plants will turn beautiful shades of burgundy, amber, and purple. The only non-sedum variety on the roof are alliums, which are from the garlic family. They are very hardy and will have big pink blossoms in the summer.

What’s Growing On The Roof Green Roof Fact Sheet

See the planting of our green roof

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