While the HUB-Robeson Center may be bustling with busy students every day, the green roof terrace is a slice of natural paradise students can visit to take time to relax and unwind.
Partly contributed by the Class of 2014 as its senior gift, the terrace will be officially dedicated in a ceremony today at 2 p.m., led by University President Eric Barron.
Mary Edgington, senior director of union and student activities, said the green roof terrace was one of the proposals brought forth to the senior class gift committee of 2014, where the committee eventually voted the class gift would be a contribution to the construction of the terrace.
“When we talked about expansion, there were quite a few of us that wanted to have this component of sustainability,” Edgington said. “We wanted to have a green roof where people could actually go out and enjoy that function.”
She said approximately $190,000 was raised by the class in order to fund the construction of the terrace.
Chad Spackman, facilities project manager with the Office of Physical Plant, said some of the specific things the class contributed to was enhancements to the plantings, educational aspects including signs and the weather station and furnishings such as benches.
“I think that was an important statement from that class about sustainability at Penn State,” she added. “With their gift and a few other resources we were able to accomplish that.”
The green roof terrace is a multi-functioning “green roof” that completes a lot of different jobs relating to sustainability.