ISU PROJECT: Memorial Union Gets Green Roof

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Iowa State University student Miles Thompson had the chance to work on a rooftop garden on the campus of ISU and enjoyed the project so much he wanted to do another one.

While working at his campus job as a sound tech at the Memorial Union, the senior from Cedar Rapids, noticed a roof space that would be perfect for a garden. With some funding help from the Government of the Student Body as well as the Memorial Union, he was able to come up with the funds needed for the $34,000 project.

Costs ran a little higher than first thought as a huge crane was needed to lift all the garden material onto the roof.  He and a number of volunteers were on hand Friday to help put the squares of plants called sedum into place.

The garden is located on a roof space right by a glassed interior hallway which goes from the MU parking ramp to the Union, so visitors will all get a close up look at the garden.

“There's different varieties so we're going to get different colors, so the design will be in the shape of a Cyclone,” said Thompson.

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