As part of a recent youth activity during a day off of school, several Grade 4 and 5 students took the opportunity to visit Sackville town hall’s new green roof, where they planted tulip bulbs. TOWER PHOTO
Sackville town hall’s new green roof is completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Consisting of a combination of hard surface areas, such as patio stone walkways and a deck for events, as well as vegetated planting areas, the rooftop garden was finished up earlier this month, about a week ahead of schedule.
Andrew Amos, the project consultant, said he was pleased the town was able to move forward on the green roof this year, despite it being put on hold back in May due to higher-than-anticipated costs.
The town had originally budgeted $150,000 to $160,000 for the project but the first bids came in at nearly $190,000. Amos then decided to outsource the project to bring down the costs, with town council awarding a contract in August to Avondale Construction Ltd. for $130,000.
Amos said he was happy to report that the project actually came in $7,000 under the contracted amount, with costs totaling $123,000.
“We originally budgeted $150,000 to $160,000 for this element so we're very happy to have it done for the price we've achieved,” he said.
The plantings on the roof are a mix of hardy grasses (autumn sedge, feather reed grass, etc.) and perennials (coneflower, lavender, meadow sage).
Around the deck will be the grasses and perennials in a variety of complementing colours with the edge of the planting area done in a variety of meadow sage in various shades of light purples and blues that are meant to simulate a creek. A small wooden bridge was also built over this area - linking the patio stone area to the timber deck.