Gallery: Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roo...

As a result of the project's immersion within the academic arena, Pratt Institute's green roof will likely include innovative features that would have otherwise been passed by in order to comply with the restrictions of the grant proposal. This project shows the power of collaborations between the academic and professional spheres, as well as between disciplines, in new fields such as green infrastructure and stormwater management. Fresh ideas and minds must be a part of any new process, and it is in academic institutions and young, effervescent minds that we find the most forward-thinking manifestations of our sustainable future.

image by Kirsten Wilke

Starting in late May, Pratt graduate students in the green infrastructure design + build course began learning green roof and stormwater management techniques. Preliminary designs for the green roof were completed under the direction of professors Gita Nandan and Elliott Maltby, of the design firm Thread Collective. These proposals, along with preliminary site analyses, were presented to green roof installers/designers Highview Creations, Pratt’s Facilities Management group and other project team members just last week in a classroom overlooking the site. Student designs have challenged the original grant proposal by pushing the envelope and making a wide range of recommendations and ambitious interventions as part of the project. Some proposals include a variety of habitats, considering the project as an educational tool and testing ground for bold plant combinations and green roof technologies. Others have introduced inventive components, such as a waterfall between different roof levels, artificial rolling hills, and green screens shielding air conditioning and other roof equipment. A couple of proposal incorporate seemingly disparate stormwater management systems, marrying blue roofs and green roofs into one composite system.

During presentations to the rest of the project team, students were urged to consider budgetary, structural, maintenance, accessibility and other constraints in a quantitative manner in order to provide a final product that can fit seamlessly within the project’s real-world restrictions. The students now have a month to consolidate their proposals into a few realistic options, which Highview Creations and the rest of the design team will then merge into a set of drawings to submit to the DEP.

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