Hurlburt Field, Florida
At Hurlburt Field Corvias oversees all comprehensive operation and management activities and the construction of 404 new homes. The homes will not only exceed Air Force standards for new construction, but are also capable of achieving LEED-Silver ratings. Collaboration between Corvias and our partner at Hurlburt Field brings about a strong sense of community through the new construction, renovation, and property management of single-resident and duplex units with modern features, amenities, and technology, in a master-planned environment. Our community approach includes lifecycle maintenance and retrofit programs for improved stormwater management. This approach includes the implementation of sustainable Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure practices. Additionally, Corvias is harnessing the power of Florida’s abundant sunshine to create environmentally responsible infrastructure solutions by installing roof-mounted solar panels that deploy approximately 2 MW of solar power on base, for which the Air Force will receive an estimated 57 GWh in Renewable Energy Credits.
The Hurlburt Field program was financed through an innovative approach for the overall six base Continental Group portfolio, which was accomplished by using a combination of private equity, private financing, and government direct financing. Hurlburt Field received approximately 25% of the $402 million in capital raised to complete the construction of 404 new homes on post, which had the second largest development scope out of the six installations in the Continental Group portfolio.
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ELEMENTS
Corvias takes advantage of previously developed land parcels by reclaiming infrastructure components for re-use in new development. We re-use piping, utility lines, and other components whenever possible to prevent the use of additional, unnecessary materials. Newly built homes have been designed and constructed with the ability to achieve LEED-Silver certification. In addition, Corvias utilizes the LEED project checklist to improve homes’ environmental footprints. Sustainable design features include low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency electrical and mechanical systems, low-emission carpets and paints, and recycled materials.
STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLAN
Corvias has implemented a comprehensive stormwater pollution prevention plan at Hurlburt Field. The plan employs buffers, curbs and gutters, cluster developments, and off -street parking to help direct stormwater runoff effectively. In addition, Corvias is diligently incorporating natural features, such as native trees and shrubbery, to enhance soil stability. We are also replacing retention ponds throughout the development to accept and filter the stormwater runoff.
Corvias collaborated with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the US Air Force to assemble a soil management plan that will use thermal desorption to remove existing harmful pesticides from the soil, specifically Chlordane. The innovative remediation process is the first of kind approved in the State of Florida and by the US Air Force. Once the soil has been treated, the previously developed neighborhoods will be transformed into new homes for our residents. 145 new homes have already been built at Hurlburt on the areas that were not previously developed by the US Air Force due to environmental toxin concerns.