Developer to build, upgrade 128 homes in modernization effort at Fort Riley
By THE MANHATTAN MERCURY Published: October 3, 2019
FORT RILEY (Tribune News Service) — A national development company announced on Tuesday that 128 homes at Fort Riley will be constructed or renovated as part of its effort to modernize its housing on several military installations across the U.S.
Corvias, a business partner with the U.S. military, will create 96 new homes in the Warner Peterson neighborhood and renovate 32 homes in the Rim Rock neighborhood.
Officials said the modernization efforts will reduce energy and water consumption, as well as decrease the Army’s costs of maintaining older houses. According to a Corvias official for Fort Riley, about 44% of houses at the base are more than 40 years old.
“With the modernization upgrades, we will see a reduction in operating expenses which means more funds for long-term improvements,” said Col. Stephen Shrader, Fort Riley garrison commander, in a statement. “Most importantly, providing a superior housing experience for military families at Fort Riley is a top priority.”
The improvements at Fort Riley will include:
• Construction of 96 new duplex homes
• Renovations on 32 homes
• New roofs on 75 historic homes
• Landscape upgrades throughout the communities
• Weatherproofing for 250 homes
• Updates on more than 111,000 light fixtures with energy-efficient LED bulbs in over 3,700 homes and roughly 200 lamp posts
• Installation of more than 26,500 aerator devices on sink faucets and shower heads
• Installation of more than 3,700 new energy-efficient thermostats
• Installation on roughly 250 energy-effcient heating and cooling units
Corvias has invested $325 million into its Department of Defense portfolio to fund modernization and resiliency improvements to its U.S. Army base housing infrastructure, upgrading about 16,000 homes.
The company, along with its partners, developed a direct capital investment structure in support of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative at no cost to the government. Congress enacted the initiative in 1996 to leverage private-sector capital to reverse the military’s backlog of deferred maintenance by expanding and modernizing housing.