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By MATT CRANE
Continuing their work on the multi-year landscaping project, Mississippi State University students and faculty from both the architecture and landscape architecture departments installed a green roof on the new pavilion outside the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Friday.
Landscape architecture assistant professor Cory Gallo said Chicago-based company Hydrotech and Jacksonâ€™s Malone Roofing Company donated various materials for the roofâ€™s installation as students put finishing touches to the structure Friday.
â€śWeâ€™re putting in the gravel along the maintenance edge and planting seeds and grasses shipped from a nursery in Atlanta, Ga.,â€ť he said. â€śWe wanted to improve the grounds of the museum as well as conduct a series of demonstration projects on better ways to manage rain water, and a green roof is one technique for that.â€ť
Gallo said the highly collaborative process has allowed for a unique contribution to the Starkville area, offering a myriad of benefits.
â€śA green roof provides some habitat and makes the environment cooler because itâ€™s not tar from the roof radiating heat, and it helps slow down and absorb rain water,â€ť he said. â€śThere are a lot of cities in the U.S. where this is much more prevalent, so this is really the first of anything like this around here.â€ť
Describing the months-long construction process as a complete team effort between the architecture department and museum officials, Gallo said he is excited about the projectâ€™s final plans and looks forward to a grand opening in the spring.
â€śWe have some donations for LED lighting that weâ€™ll be putting up next semester as well as redoing the parking lot,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ll do a grand opening celebration in the spring when the weather is better. It all feels very good and weâ€™ve made a lot of progress.â€ť
For more information about the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, visit http://www.oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com or call 662-323-0211.