Research and Creative Work

In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students and faculty engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference. 

4th Floor Patio Green Roof Installation

Date: 8/1/2018
Principal Researchers: Leila Tolderlund Others Involved: Swizz Solar Decathlon team - 2018 winning team Student Researchers: Kathryn Landers, Troy Britt, Leah Bryant, Jana Raines, Jake Seymour and Nick Patin Faculty Advisor: Leila Tolderlund

Green roof expert Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor (CTT) and Associate Chair of Landscape Architecture at CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning provided green roof guidance to the Solar Decathlon 2018 winning team. The Swizz team took
first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

The green roof modules were donated to the College of Architecture and Planning by the Swizz team in return for the guidance provided by faculty Leila Tolderlund during the design and implementation of their Solar Decathlon project. Following completion of the project, graduate students from CAP volunteered to help disassemble and transport the green roof trays (350+) from the house and relocated them to the CU Building's fourth floor patiom setting up a 2500 sf green roof installation. The green roof is open to the public and offers students, faculty, and visitors breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains to the west. 

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


CMS Login