We often think of the word “infrastructure” as meaning roads, bridges, airports, that sort of thing. True, but it has a longer reach than concrete might indicate. The federal government, through the DOD (Dept. of Defense)¸ considers military base housing part of the infrastructure genre.
For example, Corvias is a partner to the U.S. Army as part of the U.S. DOD MHPI (Military Housing Privatization Initiative) to revitalize, operate, and maintain on-base military family housing. MHPI has enabled renovations, new construction, and water and energy-saving initiatives, including the largest solar project in Kansas, located at the Fort Riley military housing community.
In support of the DOD’s goal to enhance the resilience of that federal infrastructure, Corvias has installed more than 13,000 water and energy saving devices in approximately 200 Aberdeen Proving Ground homes with the U.S. Army.
These enhancements will reduce energy consumption while continuing to improve the living experience for military families. Corvias will also result in more than $4 million in repairs to approximately 70 decks and stairs in the Patriot Village community and the replacement of more than 100 roofs.
The water and energy-conservation improvements are part of Corvias’ first-of-its-kind direct equity investment of $325 million across its Army housing portfolio. The expected utility savings is estimated to be approximately $240 million over 30 years, which Cosvias will reinvest toward additional community improvements to continue improving on-post living.
The construction arm of Corvias is leading the water and energy-conservation upgrades in conjunction with Johnson Controls. The housing upgrades at Aberdeen Proving Ground include:
- Water conservation measures, including more than 600 low-flow toilets, 950 bathroom-faucet aerators, 200 kitchen-faucet aerators and 400 shower heads. All incorporate modern technology that significantly reduces water usage.
- More than 10,000 energy-efficient lighting and fixture upgrades, providing each family with a more attractive and comfortable home.
- Approximately 200 “smart” thermostats that monitor temperature and building humidity.
- More than 700 water meters, which use the most up-to-date tools to ensure accurate measurement of water consumption and precise usage reports. In addition, the technology provides early detection of water leaks or reverse flow.
- Nearly 50 historic homes in Plum Point will receive new doors and energy-efficient windows.
In addition to the housing upgrades at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the $325 million investment is benefitting more than 70%, or approximately 16,000, of Corvias-managed homes across Fort Meade, Md., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Rucker, Ala.
Once completed, the water and energy conservation measures will yield an average annual utility savings of approximately 16% of Corvias’ Army portfolio-wide utility-related operating expenses.
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