Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range

Capex value: £476m | $786m
Equity investment: £4m | $7m
Concession length: 50 years
Homes: 4,894

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Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range

Helping achieve the US Army’s Net Zero vision through military family housing

Balfour Beatty Communities is the developer for the Fort Bliss/White Sands Missile Range housing privatization project--one of the largest installations in the US Army's portfolio.  As part of the project scope we are also managing and maintaining the full portfolio of more than 4,800 family homes, as well as all grounds, roads, and infrastructure in the housing areas. A significant increase in military strength at Fort Bliss in recent years has resulted in two expansion construction projects to increase available housing at the installation with three phases.

As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has created the Net Zero initiative aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.  Fort Bliss is a pilot installation for this effort and Balfour Beatty Communities is actively engaged, most recently through a major solar program that will equip the 4,800 homes at Fort Bliss with solar energy systems. The goal is to help the desert-based installation become self-sustaining, producing as much energy as it uses, while increasing water reuse and eliminating the need to send waste to landfills.

Balfour Beatty Communities was honored over the years with an Earth Day Award for Environmental and Energy Excellence by the efforts of Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works-Environmental Division (DPW-E). In 2013, Balfour Beatty Communities was recognized as Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification Partner of the Year -- recognizing Fort Bliss' sustainable housing developments.

The project was also awarded the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Project of the Year - Low-rise Multifamily for their Rio Bravo/Van Horn development. The award recognizes excellence in sustainable building. The two neighborhoods are part of the 4,900-home community at Fort Bliss and together represent the first and largest military housing project to achieve Emerald status under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certification program.

Fort Bliss Family Housing received the Region IV 'Renewable Energy Project of the Year' award for the largest solar-powered community in the world (at the time of the award)-- 13.3 MegaWatts of clean, renewable energy accounting for 26%-39% of the housing footprint's total consumption needs. Fort Bliss's specific project also led to BBC earning the "Sustainable Development" category award by the International Green Apple Awards. 

The White Sands project earned another Green Apple Award in 2015.


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