NASA’s JPL Green Roof

Posted in Jobsite Photos, News Link, rooflite News, Site Visit on October 20, 2009

NASA’s new Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is a LEED Certified Gold building, a first for NASA.  The building was designed by LPA Inc. architectural firm of Irvine, CA – and they’ve posted a great video about the project.  Their video is posted below, but it may be worth viewing at YouTube in HD HERE.


As you can see in the video, the building features an impressive green roof above the energy efficient auditorium.  The 5700 square foot green roof was installed by American Landscape Inc out of Canoga Park, CA.  The project was spec’ed by Charlie Miller of Roofscapes, and he selected rooflite® extensive mc as the Southern California growth media of choice for the project.  The green roof was installed and planted in March 2009, and as you can see from the pictures below, it is growing in quickly in the Southern California sun.  Just six months later:

Even rocket scientists Grow On Us - rooflite® extensive mc

Even rocket scientists Grow On Us - rooflite® extensive mc

The details of the project are as follows:

  • 5700 square foot extensive green roof
  • 75 CY rooflite® extensive mc – installed at a 4″ depth
  • 35 CY rooflite® drain – installed at a 2″ depth
  • Multi-course system depth – 6″

Others involved in the design and construction of the project include Leo George Structural Engineers of Irvine, CA and Swinerton Builders (GC) of Los Angeles, CA.  You can read NASA’s press release titled “JPL Goes Green For Gold” HERE, and LPA’s follow-up press release titled “NASA Strikes Gold” HERE.

Long story short, this is a fantastic project and we can clearly see that interest in green roofs is increasing steadily in Southern California.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to choose to specify and install the nation’s #1 green roof growth media, rooflite®.  You can too – Contact Us today for a quote on your next project, in sunny SoCal or anywhere around the country – Grow on Us™.