TERRA.fluxus is taking part in an exciting pilot project aimed at expanding the local knowledge of habitat roofs – green roof projects designed to aid in providing for the specific elements that will attract and support urban wildlife. A project underway, as part of a collaborative project with local railcar and barge manufacturer The Greenbrier Companies, along with Andy Jansky of Flowing Solutions who tapped into the collective knowledge base of the Green Roof Info Think-tank (GRiT) to conduct research and help with design and materials procurement.
The initial project involves a 1000 s.f. structure, built in-house by the manufacturer, which will provide a platform for testing habitat potential. The goal is to install a number of habitat elements appropriate to the sites location along the Willamette River – in the northwest area of Portland that consists primarily of industrial development. The property owners on the Gunderson site aim to use this as a model for potential habitat roof implementation on a larger scale on this riverfront site. TERRA.fluxus provided a graphic of the roof – incorporating many of the habitat roof elements – such as a diversity of native vegetation, woody debris, gravel, rocks, and topographic variation.
The realization of the project will come with a group design charrette giving final shape to the roof – followed by procurement of materials and installation slated for early March. More details to come as we get into some of the innovative elements of the design and see this exciting project come to life.