Soldier retention is 15 percent higher for those stationed on installations with superior housing and community life. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will spend $6 billion over the next 30 years modernizing 185,000 housing units. In the next 10 years alone, the U.S. Army will renovate or rebuild 84,000 homes.

Under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, Tetra Tech has partnered with Sydney, Australia-based Actus Lend Lease (www.actuslendlease.com) for its Hawaii and United States mainland projects. This initiative provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. Tetra Tech and Actus have closely collaborated with military stakeholders in developing our innovative approaches to environmental health and safety.

With nearly 40,000 residential units in its portfolio, equating to more than 30 percent of all privatized military development worldwide, Actus Lend Lease is creating master planned, mixed-use, environmentally sustainable communities throughout Hawaii and the United States mainland.

One of its success stories is the Kalakaua Community at Schofield Barracks. At completion, this project will include nearly 7,900 homes at seven installations on the island of Oahu, which is the largest government privatization project to date in the United States. Building and renovating these homes will be completed by 2015.

Families living in these neighborhoods will enjoy an environmentally friendly, master-planned community that seamlessly integrates residents, homes, amenities, and services. Nine community centers will be completed during the initial development period, each one serving as the town center for individual communities.

The U.S. Army in Hawaii is ushering in a new era of sustainable development in the military housing market. A concentration on renewable energy sources and sustainable design solutions ultimately translates into a greener environment and conserved resources. This is the world’s largest solar-powered community, providing approximately 30 percent of its electrical needs through photovoltaic panels.

Highlights

  • Among the largest solar-powered communities in the world
  • Largest U.S. Army privatization project
  • Nine community centers
  • Zero Energy Homes Program
  • Zero Energy Homes Pilot Program
  • LEED ® for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program