Rutgers Presbyterian Church Green Roof Installation


Built in 1925, Rutgers Presbyterian Church is a four-building complex consisting of a church house and sanctuary at 236 West 73rd Street and two commercial and office buildings on the corner of West 73rd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The church house and sanctuary, designed by Henry Otis Chapman, are neo-Georgian in style.

The green roof was installed on the five-story Classical Revival-styled commercial and office building at 2095 Broadway.


The green roof installation was part of a 6,700-square-foot roof replacement.

RAND designed and administered the following work items:
  • Installation of 1,800 square feet of new protection layer above the new base roofing system
  • New drainage layer
  • New ballast system
Protection layer being installed on the roof.
  • Installation of 1,192 square feet of new pre-vegetated modular green roof system
  • Aluminum edging along the perimeter of the new green roof and ballast system
  • Raised garden bed planter filled with engineered soil for growing vegetables
The modular green roof trays were transported from flatbed trucks to the roof by a crane.
The green roof modules were moved along a conveyor belt and put in place on a protective layer.

RAND's Code & Zoning Compliance Team also obtained all of the necessary work permits from the New York City Department of Buildings.

The Completed Green Roof

Rutgers Presbyterian Church’s new green roof is planted with a sedum mix, coneflowers, and switch grass.

The garden consists of 312 pre-vegetated modular trays.

The eight-inch deep garden planter bed is made out of 100% recycled high-density polyethylene and filled with engineered soil. The church is growing a variety of vegetables in it, including tomatoes, peas, and watermelon.

ENGINEER/ARCHITECT: RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC

CONTRACTOR: Greensulate, LLC


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