By Mr. Anthony Ricchiazzi (AMC)December 17, 2008
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Workers from Silvercool Roof install the second of four green roofs on Building 11's Wing C.
Each green roof will cover about 14,000 square feet with about 1,500 pre-planted modules of plants.
The green roofs will improve energy efficiency, extend roof life, reduce storm water runoff and improve storm water quality. They are composed of a root barrier, a water-handling system, soil and plants picked for their ability to thrive in the region's climate, and the green roof system.
The modules contain plants of the Sedum family and include Angelina, Love Triangle and John Creech.
The green roof technology offers a flexible and modular design that can be adjusted and rearranged after installation. The first green roof was installed on Wing A in 2006. All four wings will be completed by the end of December.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance maintenance and logistics support facility in the Department of Defense. Employees repair, overhaul and fabricate electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network.
Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center for ground communications and electronics.
About 5,700 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.