A green roof is being installed on the garage serving St. Paul's newest fire station at W. 7th Street and Randolph Avenue. The space eventually will be open for public tours and use, such as block club meetings, which will likely require an appointment through the fire department. Installation of plants continues Friday and next week. "It's fun and exciting," said St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard.
HOW BIG IS IT?
The 8,000-square-foot green roof is being installed on a parking garage that serves a new building that houses fire department headquarters and Fire Station No. 1 (which was merged with Fire Station No. 10).
It's two stories in the air, and the soil depth ranges from 4 to 15 inches deep.
WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE?
The flora includes vines that will climb steel structures to mimic trees, native perennials, grass and drought-tolerant succulents. There is also a small pond, and space for firefighters to plant a vegetable garden. It will host more than 9,000 plants.
WHY DO IT?
The city is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new building. Zaccard said the green space also will help open the building to community members. He said it possibly could even host weddings. The roof will have a gas connection and a sound system.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The entire project cost about $500,000, said Rex Greenwald, project executive for Stock Roofing, a Tecta America company, which is installing the plants. Stock Roofing's part of the project costs about $271,000, Greenwald said. The company will maintain the gardens for three years, and then the city park board will take over. Yearly maintenance will cost about $1,500 to $2,000.