RAMSTEIN, Germany — The 10-acre roof on the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, located on the Ramstein Air Force Base
, is having work performed so it can be brought to life, according to Stars and Stripes
The green roof, which was supposed to be completed last year, had to be ripped up during the final planting stage after leaks were discovered in April 2008, the story stated.
Colonel David Reynolds, U.S. Air Force in Europe
''s engineering programs division chief, said: "We''re going to leave the project this time with a working green roof, and a green roof that doesn’t leak."
The idea to make the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center roof green was agreed upon by the U.S. Air Force
and the German government in order to meet environmental and energy savings requirements, the story noted.
According to the story, the cost of the green roof was $7 million before it had to be scrapped and rebuilt, a process that added $10 million to the price tag.
The roof repairs are being financed by a loan provided by the German and United States governments and both still need to work out the details of who will ultimately pay those costs, the story added.