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Posts Tagged ‘defense real estate’

Signs of Progress in Federal Effort to Pare List of Excess Properties

  • July 30, 2014
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At a House hearing on Tuesday, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said the federal government’s ownership of 7,000 unneeded properties worth $350 billion is “unacceptable.” “The Congress and public will be astounded to learn of the unbelievable inventory of properties uncovered in documents provided to the committee after waiting nearly three years,” said Mica, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee. Nearly 1,500 of the unneeded properties are valued in the multi-million-dollar range …

Agencies Need to Balance Owning, Leasing, White Paper Argues

  • July 28, 2014
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A new white paper is urging the federal government to rely on a diverse real estate portfolio that includes both owned and leased assets. Recently, the government has been favoring ownership over leasing as a way to save money, a strategy which in many cases is appropriate, write Kevin Wayer and Barry Scribner, co-presidents of JLL Public Institutions Group, in Government Executive. But the most efficient approach, they say, is for real estate officials at agencies to evaluate each acquisition decision based on its individual circumstances …

Energy Firm to Build Solar Array at Robins AFB under EUL

  • July 23, 2014
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Chicago-based New Generation Power will develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base after reaching agreement with the Air Force on an enhanced use lease at the Middle Georgia installation. The firm will sell energy generated by the photovoltaic facility to Georgia Power through a power purchase agreement the two previously signed. The lease payments Robins receives during the project’s 20-year term will be reinvested in renewable facility energy or energy conservation measures. The power generated still will count toward the installation’s alternative energy mandates because it is produced on base, according to James Willingham, deputy director of the 78th Civil Engineer Group at Robins. “It will be enough to sustain several follow-on energy conservation projects,” Willingham told the Telegraph. Willingham said he expects construction at the 50-acre site will begin by September, with the solar plant going online by January.

Scott AFB’s Water Provider Earns National Recognition

  • July 20, 2014
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American Water, which has been upgrading the water supply infrastructure at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for the past five years in an effort to improve its quality and reliability, recently received the Director’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) awarded American Water a 50-year utilities privatization contract, creating a $6.3 million cost avoidance for the Air Force. Since then the firm has replaced more than 95,000 feet of mains and distribution lines and developed an accurate water system map of the base …

Navy Scales Back Scope of S. Maryland EUL Project

  • July 16, 2014
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The Navy has scaled down the scope of a proposed enhanced use leasing (EUL) project in southern Maryland and now is seeking a developer for only a 12-acre portion of the Navy Recreation Center in Solomons, Md., located across the Patuxent River from Naval Air Station Patuxent River. In 2010 the Navy sought developers for the entire 264-acre site, reported Southern Maryland News. “We took it back to the smaller scope to provide the best fit for the Navy and the community,” said Capt. Ben Shevchuck, the installation’s commanding officer …

Military Housing Developers Increasingly Looking outside the Gates for Tenants

  • July 16, 2014
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The six-member Dolce family is one of just three civilian families with no connection to the military living in family housing at Dover Air Force Base, Del., but they represent a more significant trend under way at housing communities across DOD — an increase in the number of projects opening their neighborhoods to civilians due to the lack of demand from active-duty service members. The Eagle Heights community at Dover is one of six housing communities operated by Hunt Cos., out of a total of 25, that now accept civilians. And the number is growing, the developer’s Dixie Johnson told the News Journal. “In the early years, because of the increase in troops and the war that we are fighting, there were way more active-duty [personnel] available for housing …

Infinity Takes over UAS Park Project at Grand Forks AFB

  • July 13, 2014
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New Braunfels, Texas-based Infinity Development Partners has stepped in to become the developer of the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., after the existing developer backed out. Infinity has been involved in the enhanced use lease project since its inception through its work supporting Grand Forks County, which will be leasing a 217-acre site from the Air Force. The Grand Forks County Commission approved the change in developers last week …

Fort Hood Family Housing to Inject $69M into On-Post Housing

  • July 2, 2014
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Lend Lease will reinvest $69 million to renovate and replace existing housing at Fort Hood, Texas, that was not included in the privatization project’s initial development period, which ended in 2006. Fort Hood Family Housing, the partnership created between Lend Lease and the Army, last week said it planned to convert 172 duplex-style homes into 86 single-family homes and perform significant utility infrastructure upgrades throughout the West Chaffee Village neighborhood …

Air Force Signs Deal to Privatize Power at Hill AFB

  • June 23, 2014
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The Air Force has signed a $281.6 million contract with Long Beach, Calif.-based City Light & Power to privatize the electrical distribution system at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The power company will invest $5 million during the first year of the 50-year contract to bring the installation’s electrical system up to industry standards. The agreement is the second utility privatization contract the Air Force signed this year for Hill …

Southwest Housing Projects Rely on Solar Power

  • June 22, 2014
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Family housing projects at two Air Force bases — Holloman in Alamogordo, N.M., and Davis-Monthan in Tucson, Ariz. — are obtaining a significant share of their energy from rooftop solar systems. The project at Holloman is offsetting approximately 30 percent of residents’ energy consumption with a 3.67-megawatt solar installation made up of rooftop photovoltaic systems installed on 765 homes …

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