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Project Details

Gary Comer Youth Center

Location: Chicago, IL
Completion Date: 2006
Size: 7,400 sqft.
Market Sector: Education
New Construction: Yes

Project Team

Owner: SSDT, LLC
Architect: John Ronan Architects
Contractor: W.E. O'Neil Construction Company

Product Info

Garden Roof
Garden Roof Type: Intensive
Garden Roof Size: 7,400 sqft.
Products: LiteTop

Award Winning

Awards Won: 2009 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence - Intensive Institutional Category

Additional Details

Not only do urban rooftops provide the space, sunlight and fresh air plants need to thrive, but in especially challenged neighborhoods they also provide a safe space for community members to interact with nature. At the Gary Comer Youth Center on Chicago’s South Side, students cultivate and maintain an 7,400-square foot rooftop vegetable garden. The garden is part of a comprehensive “seed-to-table” program where participants ages 13-18 not only plant and harvest everything from cucumbers to popcorn to potatoes in the 18-24 inches of engineered lightweight growing media on the roof, but they also take part in culinary classes where they learn to prepare fresh and nutritious meals with the produce they’ve grown.

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