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Posts Tagged ‘defense real estate’

Agreement Progressing over UAS Park at Grand Forks AFB

  • February 10, 2014
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Grand Forks County is expected shortly to sign an agreement with its chosen developer for the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) park at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Last week, the county commission supported a plan to ensure that it would be “held harmless” in the event the base does not receive payments due under the enhanced use lease (EUL) project, reported Prairie Business. The commission is waiting for the results of an Air Force environmental study before signing the agreement with its developer, FDSL. Northrop Grumman is expected to be the first tenant at the EUL project, which is intended to advance the development of unmanned aerial systems.

One Cost-Cutting Measure Could Jeopardize Health of Housing Privatization Projects

  • February 2, 2014
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The Defense Department has discussed a number of reforms needed to rein in costs and sustain a robust force structure, with changes to compensation and benefit costs one of its highest priorities. One adjustment officials have broached, however, reducing or freezing the basic allowance for housing (BAH), could “seriously impair” the military’s housing privatization program, according to a commentary in Multi-Housing News. Because initial investment decisions in individual projects were predicated on modest increases in the monthly allowance given to service members for housing costs, an across-the-board rate increase or a tiered reduction based on rank will have an immediate impact on owners and managers of privatized housing projects, writes Paula Cino, senior director of energy and environmental policy for the National Multifamily Housing Council …

Robyn to Write about Obstacles to Achieving Agencies’ Infrastructure, Energy Goals

  • January 31, 2014
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Dorothy Robyn, who previously held the Pentagon’s top installations slot, this week said she would step down in March as commissioner of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service. In an interview with the Washington Post, Robyn said she next will write about shortcomings in the government preventing effective management of federal infrastructure and improvements in energy conservation. “I’ve been a part of some tremendous work both here at GSA and at DOD and I want to go write about that and also write about the impediments to GSA and DOD doing it better,” she told the paper. “It’s been a joy to be part of the work, but I’ve been frustrated by the impediments,” Robyn added. She left DOD in September 2012 after being selected for the GSA post.

Arizona Utility to Build Solar Project at Luke AFB

  • January 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected the electric company that serves much of Arizona to build a photovoltaic solar generation facility at Luke AFB under an enhanced use lease. Arizona Public Service proposes to construct, operate and maintain the project on 106 acres at the base located northwest of Phoenix. The power generated would be used to meet Luke’s renewable energy generation goals. Officials from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and the utility now will begin negotiating a lease and environmental requirements. The project’s original timeline has slipped due to the discovery of cultural artifacts dating back 5,000 years, according to the AFCEC website.

Air Force Privatizes Water, Wastewater Utilities at Hill AFB

  • January 20, 2014
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The Air Force has signed a $288 million, 50-year contract with American Water Operations and Maintenance to privatize the water distribution system and wastewater collection system at Hill AFB, Utah. The Voorhees, N.J.-based firm plans to invest approximately $3.6 million in the first three years to bring the systems up to industry standards. “Maintaining utility systems is no longer a core competency of the Air Force. Private industry does it day in and day out, so they can normally do it cheaper than we can …

Defense Bill Could Encourage Services’ Use of EUL Projects

  • December 19, 2013
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House and Senate Armed Services committee leaders hashing out a compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill retained language allowing installation officials to use the proceeds from enhanced used leasing (EUL) projects to cover the administrative costs of launching and managing new projects, a move that could make it easier for the services to consider new projects. As a result, installation officials no longer would need to commit base support funding for administrative expenses associated with studying the feasibility of new EUL efforts and managing the acquisition process to select a developer …

Reported Savings from Federal Real Estate Initiatives Inconsistent, GAO Finds

  • December 11, 2013
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Federal agencies did not consistently report cost savings from real estate initiatives taken in response to a June 2010 presidential memorandum intended to spur the disposal of excess property, improvements in energy efficiency and other space consolidation efforts, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week. Space management initiatives — including consolidating or eliminating leases that were not cost effective — accounted for the largest portion of the $3.8 billion in savings agencies reported through fiscal 2012 …

Lawmakers Encouraged about Prospect of Moving Legislation to Shed Federal Properties

  • December 8, 2013
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A bipartisan push may be under way to enact legislation motivating the federal government to thin its portfolio of an estimated 14,000 unneeded properties. Multiple efforts since the beginning of 2011 to reform the process for federal property disposal have not advanced, but following a Capitol Hill roundtable last week featuring real estate experts and former federal officials, two lawmakers are eager to try again …

Lend Lease Hits Milestone for Community Development at Hickam Field

  • November 12, 2013
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Lend Lease Hawaii plans to undertake $44 million in major renovations to family housing projects on Oahu after it completes intermediate renovations in 2016. The news follows the firm’s announcement Friday that it completed $800 million in planned community development on Hickam Field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, reported Pacific Business News. The Hickam Communities project included building more than 1,200 homes, renovating more than 1,000 existing homes and constructing numerous community amenities. Hickam Communities also installed solar arrays on the homes’ rooftops with a potential for generating 4 megawatts of power.

Air Force Selects Team for Energy EUL at New Jersey Base

  • November 7, 2013
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The Air Force has selected the team of Starwood Siemens for an energy-based enhanced use lease (EUL) project at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Under the winning proposal — which includes lead developer Energy Management — three of six land parcels offered by the Air Force will be developed into various commercial energy ventures by a team made up of Starwood Energy Group, Siemens, Keenan Development Associates and CB&I, according to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. Once lease term negotiations and environmental requirements are complete, the final lease document will be signed.

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