Keep Indianapolis Beautiful moved to 1029 Fletcher Avenue in June, 2008. The building is essentially four warehouse spaces, with three added to the original, which was built sometime between 1914 and 1937. The additions were constructed first in the 1960’s, and again in the 1970’s.
One strategy that KIB was unable to execute was a green roof. The original building, and its additions, use a steel truss roofing system, constructed and engineered only to support snow-loads. Handling additional weight had never been a consideration; and, to that end, to develop structural support for a green roof wasn’t economically feasible.
In 2012, KIB met Rooftop Green Works. This company, based in Chicago, had developed a new green roofing system much lighter than traditional systems. With that meeting, it became possible to imagine KIB”s original vision of a vegetated, hyper-functional roof.
Rooftop Green Works’ Omni-EcoStystems roof is a patented design using a lightweight media replicating native soil ecosystems. Working closely with Fink Roberts Petrie engineering, KIB only had to add modest reinforcements to its truss system to host a green roof compared to the reinforcements it would have needed in 2008.