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Plants take root on TEIRF

Oct 29, 2009

By Anthony J. Ricchiazzi (Tobyhanna Army Depot)

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Workers place plant modules on the roof of the Tactical End Item Repair Facility, making it the second building at Tobyhanna Army Depot with a green roof.

The plants cover 61,000 square feet of the TEIRF's 86,000 square foot roof. The other 25,000 square feet will be coated with a reflective white coating to help keep the building cool. This will bring the total green roof covering on Tobyhanna Army Depot to more than 110,000 square feet.

The Building 11 green roof lowers the roof temperature by over 60 degrees Fahrenheit on hot summer days, compared to a traditional black rubber roof membrane, reducing the cooling load for the building's air conditioning system. The roof was completed last week.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of 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.

About 5,600 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.

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