TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center installed a green roof this fall intended to reduce storm runoff into Kids Creek. The plants also provide a more pleasing view from some patient room windows. The project, funded by a $598,573 federal grant funneled through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is part of Munson’s partnership with The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.
The 3,900-square-foot roof consists of a membrane topped with a series of trays filled with four inches of soil and succulent plants, said Steve Tongue, Munson Medical Center vice president of facilities, in a release. It was completed in November. Munson previously installed a 3,304-square-foot green roof atop the Cowell Family Cancer Center. It also installed underground filtration trenches at the cancer center intended to help filter stormwater runoff. It also created a rain garden on Medical Campus Drive.