In Thursday’s (4/23) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Stacy Shelton reports, “The Woodruff Arts Center’s rooftop conversion completed Phase 2 on Wednesday, as a crew laid down 5,250 square feet of vegetation. That leaves an additional 1.5 acres of plain, white roof on top of Atlanta’s cultural home, waiting for transformation to a blooming garden.The first phase, completed last spring, covered the High Museum of Art’s administration center with rows of sedums. This week’s $80,000 installation covered the Savannah College of Art and Design dorm. The transformer is David Harris, whose Midtown law office overlooks the center, which also holds the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. … When Harris, an arts center trustee, started researching the project, he discovered more than aesthetic benefits: The green layer extends the roof’s life and can reduce energy costs. The savings at the arts center have not yet been calculated. … Harris hopes to raise another $800,000 to complete the conversion.”

Posted April 24, 2009