Growing a better roof

Growing a better roof

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State-of-the-art new facility offers the UI's first-ever green roof
Man carrying box of flowers with blue sky in backgroundCrews load crates of flowers onto the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building rooftop Tuesday afternoon.

The University of Iowa's first-ever green roof continues to take root. Workers installed additional plants atop thecafé section of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB) on Tuesday, July 29.

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To learn more about the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, see here.

The 6,440 square-feet rooftop spread of colorful and hardy greenery not only enhances the character and work environment of the research building, but also provides a sustainable strategy for mitigating rainfall runoff, filtering water, saving energy costs on heating and cooling, and prolonging the life cycle of the roof materials.

The green roof is one feature of the new PBDB, which will house the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Institute, and other leading centers and programs.


Bill Adams, Communication & Marketing, (319) 384-0052


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