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A Green Roof Connection

Located in Woodbridge, N.J., MetroTop Plaza is a Class A office complex with two buildings connected by a three-story, glass-enclosed atrium. The cantilevered entrance to the atrium recently had a 750-square-foot green
roof installed on it (inset). A 800-square-foot green roof atop the
atrium itself is now planned.

Just off the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey is MetroTop Plaza I, a 90,000-square-foot, two-story
building constructed in 1976 and renovated in 1992. Next door, MetroTop Plaza II, which was completed in 2011, is a nine-story, 255,000-square-foot office tower. To connect the two buildings, a three-story, glass-enclosed atrium was built.

Now they share another connection as a 750-square-foot Xero Flor green roof was recently installed
on the cantilevered entrance to the atrium. The green garden amenity offers a landscaped view from the windows of Plaza II.

According to Sam Friedman, project executive for MetroTop Plaza Associates, the response of the tenants has been so positive that they are planning a second Xero Flor green roof project: an 800-square-foot installation on top of the atrium itself.

The green roof system features lightweight, pre-vegetated mats. The plants in the mats are pre-grown in an engineered growing medium on a flexible geosynthetic composite, thermally bonded to a non-woven filter fabric reinforced with a layer of non-woven fleece.

The mats can be cut and rolled up like sod for transportation to project sites and then rolled out like sod for fast, easy installation. Delivered with well-developed plants and extensive vegetative coverage, the product establishes instant green roofs.

For projects in the U.S, all system components are 100 percent American-made. The plants are grown on local, independent farms for climate-adapted plans.

Headquartered in Durham, N.C., the green roof company is the official and exclusive distributor in the U.S. for the Xero Flor Green Roof System, which was engineered in Germany.

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