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Balfour Beatty Communities Completes Initial Development Period for Military Family Housing at Vandenberg Air Force Base

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May 09, 2013

Project focuses on sustainability and energy efficiency in the delivery of more than 800 new and renovated homes, community center, maintenance facility and other neighborhood amenities

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA --- May 9, 2013 --- Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC, a leading provider of property management, development and related real estate services for the multifamily, military, and student housing markets, in partnership with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, has successfully completed the Initial Development Period for new and renovated family housing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, located along the central coast of California. Under the privatized family housing project, more than 500 older housing units were demolished, more than 160 new homes were constructed, and an additional 700 homes were renovated at the base. Balfour Beatty Communities also provides comprehensive property management and maintenance services for all Vandenberg AFB family housing.

Total construction and renovation costs on the project amounted to $158M, with close to 80% of that cost funneling back into the community through the use of local subcontractors and the procurement of local building supplies and other materials. The construction and renovation of military housing at Vandenberg AFB completes a six-year initial development period that launched in 2007 and brings the total number of homes managed and maintained by Balfour Beatty Communities at Vandenberg AFB to just under 1,000.

More than $6.5M in community amenities was also developed as part of the project, including a 6,200 square foot community center featuring a pool, fitness center and multi-purpose rooms, as well as a 2,400 square foot maintenance facility. Balfour Beatty Communities’ development activities also included numerous parks and athletic facilities, bus shelters, perimeter fencing and significant enhancements to infrastructure, landscaping and lighting throughout the housing areas.

Particular attention was paid to the sustainability and energy efficiency of the development project at Vandenberg AFB. Both in the new construction and renovation activities, the teams worked to divert most materials away from landfills through reuse and recycling programs. Energy efficient and environmentally friendly features were utilized throughout, including low voltage lighting, tankless hot water systems, Energy Star appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high efficiency furnaces, and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) construction materials. Xeriscape landscaping techniques were also used, including native plants and non-irrigated turf seed to ensure water conservation for years to come.

“We are very proud of the significantly enhanced housing options and community amenities now available to the Airmen and their families who call Vandenberg home,” said Chris Williams, President, Balfour Beatty Communities. “This is a special project that would not have been possible without the hard work, coordination and dedication of many talented individuals.”

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