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Picerne Military Housing selected by U.S. Air Force to build, manage homes at six bases

Posted on: May 23.2011

East Greenwich, R.I. – The U.S. Air Force announced last week that they have selected Picerne Military Housing, one of the nation’s largest military housing privatization developers, as the highest rated offeror to privatize on-base military family housing for the Air Force Continental Group bases. Picerne Military Housing will finance, plan, design, build, renovate, manage and maintain 4,188 homes on six Air Force bases across the country -- Edwards AFB, Calif.; Eielson AFB, Alaska; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; McConnell AFB, Kan. and Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

The Air Force selected Picerne Military Housing after a competitive solicitation process led by the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). The project will provide Air Force families approximately 1,535 new and 1,595 renovated homes to be completed in five years.

While this is Picerne Military Housing’s first venture into privatization of Air Force homes, the company currently provides housing and neighborhood services to over 530 Air Force families living in our homes on Fort Meade and 700 Air Force family members living in our family housing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Picerne Military Housing was selected to be part of the Army’s pilot privatization program with Fort George G. Meade, Md., in 2001. Since that time, Picerne was selected for six additional Army family housing privatization projects with a current portfolio of approximately 20,000 homes for military families across the United States. In addition, Picerne has piloted one of the Army’s first apartment communities on post for single soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C. 

“We are extremely excited that we have been chosen for the Air Force Continental Group to provide quality homes and exceptional service for the men and women who defend our great country,” said John G. Picerne, president and chief executive officer of Picerne Military Housing. “The experience that we have gained through the development, construction and management at our seven Army installations gives us the knowledge and understanding to bring an unequaled housing experience to Air Force families. We are looking forward to bringing our Families First® mission to the families at these six Air Force bases.” 

During the next five months, Picerne will work with the Air Force to finalize the plans for operations at these bases. In addition to demolition of outdated housing and replacement with new homes, Picerne will renovate homes and construct neighborhood centers as well as ancillary facilities and amenities to meet the military families’ needs at every base. Picerne Military Housing will be responsible for the development, construction, ownership, operation, renovation, maintenance and property management of at least 4,188 homes for Air Force families for the next 50 years. 

In 1996 Congress created the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The goal was to provide military service members with quality homes faster than through Military Construction (MILCON) alone.

The goal of these projects is to provide service members quality homes while eliminating inadequate Air Force family housing and eliminating the deficit of homes available on the bases. The objectives of the program are to create world-class residential communities and obtain private sector expertise, creativity, innovation and capital. 

According to Ian Smith, AFCEE’s Deputy Division Chief for Housing Privatization, the Air Force has accomplished in 10 years though housing privatization what would have taken 25 years through traditional military construction and saved the taxpayers billions in the process.

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