Pollak Building Green Roof

Virginia Commonwealth University


New Refuge for School of the Arts

The Pollak Building Green Roof was the first green roof on the Monroe Park Campus and helped VCU satisfy the overwhelming student demand for more visible sustainability initiatives.  The terrace maximizes the code-allowable occupiable area to provide a natural respite from the severe architecture of the Brutalist art school building. The plantings are organized to demonstrate three different types of green roof—sedum, meadow, and native. For the native section, the team worked with a green roof horticulturalist to identify a wide array of Virginia natives that were suitable for the harsh sun-baked and wind-driven environment.


Architect of Record  VMDO Architects | Steve Davis, Lead Designer

325 N Harrison St

Walker’s Paradise