Luckett & Farley provided design services for Louisville Metro’s first green vegetative roof. On the Metro Development 444 South Fifth Street building, this project replaces the existing built up roof on an early 20th century building with an extensive low maintenance green roof utilizing 160 tons of gravel, planting medium, trees and over 10,000 indigenous plantings on the six story 12,000 SF roof. The green roof increases insulation value and decreases storm water runoff while reducing heat temperature of roof mitigating contribution to heat island effect in the city.

Many of the drought resistant plants will feature an array of red and green hues, so the roof will be a colorful sight to see. Irrigation hoses have been installed for dry weather, but the plants will get most of their water naturally. Approximately 70 to 75% of rainwater that falls on the roof will be held and absorbed by the plants, reducing the strains on the sewer system during storms.

The installation of the green roof went smoothly with no unexpected problems. Luckett & Farley also provided design services to design builder Earthwell Energy Management for a solar thermal system for Louisville Metro’s Metro Development Center at 444 South 5th Street. The solar system is designed to provide hot water, storage and circulation to the five-story building’s toilet rooms and showers. Luckett & Farley designed the hot water circulation system and structural modifications to support the solar thermal array in the existing pent house roof.

This facility is LEED Green certified.


Project Details


Louisville Metro Government

Construction Value



12,000 SF

Services Provided