Joyce Center now holds distinction as largest green roof in Indiana

Published: Sep. 28, 2018 at 10:04 PM EDT
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The Joyce Center is now the home to the largest green roof in the Hoosier State.

Friday, NewsCenter 16 got a chance to see the garden for the first time, and it's nearly 80,000 square feet.

The green roof is made up of about 33,000 trays of plants side-by-side. It also drains through a small drainage system to reduce the rainwater that runs into sewers

This green roof is part of the campus-wide effort to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030. By changing to a green roof, it's believed it can lengthen the lifespan of the roof by 300 percent.

"Honestly, with this roof, a lot of it had to do with aesthetics, too, the look of it," Midland Engineering Vice President Greg Seiss said. "It's visually pleasing compared to if you looked at a picture of this, this time last year it was an ugly, normal flat roof. Now you have a beautiful green roof that's up here."

In addition to the pretty plants, you'll be able to see from the stadium, the garden will help insulate the Joyce Center.

This is the fifth living rooftop installed at Notre Dame.