September 30, 2010
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GreenScaped Buildings Installs Green Roof at Sharp Memorial Hospital
Roof top garden outside patient recovery areas intended to relieve stress and aid healing
(San Diego) – Patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital will soon enjoy a natural healing boost during recovery thanks to the addition of a green roof visible from the hospital’s patient recovery rooms.
GreenScaped Buildings of San Diego has started construction on the project. It is slated for completion in mid-October. Jim Mumford, president and owner of GreenScaped Buildings, says this green roof is the first of its kind completed at a hospital in San Diego. Green roofs have been installed on several hospitals on the East Coast, in Michigan and in Iowa.
Green roofs (or “eco-roofs”) are an engineered, lightweight roofing system that supports plants. The technology is popular in Europe, and used in some North American cities. Mumford installed San Diego’s first permitted commercial green roof on his business in Kearny Mesa in 2007.
The Sharp Memorial green roof was designed by award-winning landscape architect Glen Schmidt of Schmidt Design Group, Inc., San Diego. Schmidt has experience designing several healing and health-oriented landscape projects including several therapeutic gardens at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. The Sharp Memorial green roof design features linear rows of plants that depict a music staff. Potted plants are placed to represent musical notes. The pattern represents the familiar melody of “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The majority of the 20,000 plants in the roof are pre-grown sedum varieties grown in “tiles.”
Mumford says a 70-ton crane is currently transporting 15 dump trucks (or 650 wheelbarrow loads) of soil onto the roof, and will lift plants up in preparation for placement. The finished roof will be 180’ long and 40’ wide.
The environmental benefits of green roofs are well known. Green roofs can prevent water pollution by reducing the amount of stormwater entering sewer systems, slowing it down and filtering it; lower energy use and energy costs; lowering air temperatures to combat the urban heat island effect; clean and oxygenate the air; add biodiversity, mitigate noise; suppress fire, and extend the lifespan of the roof.
In a health care setting, green roofs provide even more benefits. According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, the benefits of therapeutic garden environments have been known since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr, Benjamin Rush, the "Father of American Psychiatry," asserted that garden settings hold curative effects for people with mental illness.
Multiple studies show viewing plants and nature significantly reduces stress, aids in faster recovery, reduces the use of pain medication and even shortens hospital stays.
“The Sharp project just happens to be my lucky 13th green roof project,” said Mumford. “It’s the most exciting project I’ve worked on and by far the most meaningful. It’s amazing to stop and think that our roof project may some day help people recover faster from surgery, use less pain medication, heal more easily and go home earlier. I’m proud to be a part of the team bringing Glen’s design alive and making this project a reality.”
Mumford is working in consultation with friend and colleague Greg Raymond, GRP, a green roof professional from Chicago who has experience constructing 500,000 square feet of green roof space. Todd Nelson, Certified Green Roof Professional (GRP) is site supervisor; Pari Sanati is project manager. The roofing contractor is Ulf Waldmann, Mission Valley Roofing, Inc. The electrical contractor is Gary Rehkopf of Standard Electric and the plumbing contractor is Don Schoenberger, Core Plumbing.
For additional information, visit www.greenscapedbuildings.com and www.schmidtdesign.com/
About GreenScaped Buildings
After more than 30 years of providing award-winning plantscaping service and design to the region as the owner of Good Earth Plant Company, Jim Mumford and GreenScaped Buildings has expanded the focus to include green roofs, living walls, and rainwater harvesting systems. Mumford’s passion for low impact development, sustainability and restorative buildings will cultivate a legacy through GreenScaped Buildings for which future generations can be proud.