North Haven Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates First New Homes
A milestone in the U.S. Department of Defense privatized housing program was celebrated at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 14 on Fort Wainwright. North Haven rolled out the first new homes built on Fort Wainwright at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Gertsch Heights development. Guest speakers were, Colonel Timothy Jones, Garrison Commander, USAG, Fort Wainwright, Cynthia Larson, RCI and Housing Division Chief Directorate of Public Works, Fort Wainwright and Chuck Downham, Project Director, North Haven. After the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony a reception was held in one of the new homes.
To meet the challenges of providing a better quality of life and to provide for the well-being of Soldiers and their Families, the U.S. Army formed a partnership with Actus Lend Lease called North Haven. North Haven recently closed financially on a privatization project encompassing Forts Wainwright and Greely Army Posts. The financial closing includes a $377 million Initial Development Plan that will span seven years and includes the development, construction, renovation and management of 1,815 homes over 50 years. North Haven also will build pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, community centers, playgrounds and a variety of other amenities.
Revitalization of community housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a critical component in the effort to eliminate inadequate housing and foster a better quality of life for U.S. Service Members and their families Upon completion, the project will construct 414 new homes and renovate 169 existing homes at Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely.
NHC is committed to positively contributing to the local and regional economy by working with small businesses, relying on local resources and hiring local people. The most recent round of bids reflect over 91percent were awarded to Alaska-based contractors and vendors. Of 45 bids, 41 went to Alaska-based businesses. “Utilizing Lathrop High School’s Army Junior ROTC Color Guard at this event, when there were many Fort Wainwright, Army Color Guards that were available was an appropriate reflection of the partnership between Fort Wainwright and Fairbanks,” Said Colonel Timothy Jones, Garrison Commander of Fort Wainwright. “The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and these new homes are a reflection of that successful partnership.”
About Actus Lend Lease
Excelling at large, complex developmental projects, Actus Lend Lease works with institutional owners to create value and deliver exceptional returns. With more than 40,000 residential units in its portfolio, Acuts Lend Lease has created fully master planned mixed-use communities throughout the United States. Actus is part of the Lend Lease global family, which includes Bovis and Delfin Lend Lease. Global projects of note include: Army Hawaii Family Housing in Oahu, HI, Greenwich Peninsula in London, AOL Time Warner Center in New York, The Sydney Olympic Village and New York’s Grand Central Station Terminal. Actus Lend lease is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and employs more than 500 people nationwide.
Photos by Lori Glassco including: Chuck Downham, Project Director for North Haven, Colonel Timothy Jones, Garrison Commander, USAG, Fort Wainwright, Cynthia Larson, RCI and Housing Division Chief Directorate of Public Works, Fort Wainwright