Residents Praise Military Housing Provider for Storm Preparation and Community Contributions

Corvias Actions Earn Army and Resident Praise

FORT JOHNSON, LA - (May 15, 2024) – The local Corvias Property Management team continues to demonstrate exemplary care for the community they serve, both on and off post. From severe winter storm response to volunteering at a local children’s non-profit to supporting military families, this team moves forward with a heart to serve.

Supporting children at Louisiana Lions Camp

A team of nine Corvias employees spent nearly 70 hours over two Saturdays making repairs at the Louisiana Lions Camp. Repairs included replacing doors, painting the kitchen and cafeteria, and pressure washing the building to help prepare for the camp’s summer season. The camp caters to children with respiratory disorders, special needs, juvenile diabetes, and childhood cancer.

“When we saw the Louisiana Lions Camp phrase, ‘Together, we build a better us,’ it really resonated. Their sense of mission to build hope together, in community, is a match for us. After all, generously giving back to communities is a core principle of Corvias,” said Corvias Chief Operating Officer and Corvias Foundation Board President Jennifer Sousa.

Supporting literacy at Pickering Elementary School

The team recently partnered with Pickering Elementary School to support a pop-up literacy night at the Palmetto Terrace Community Center. Corvias team members worked with school liaison officer Tiffany Koch to coordinate event logistics.

“We look forward to partnering with Fort Johnson and Corvias again in the future and deeply appreciate the collaborative spirit that we have for educating our students and their families,” said Dana Donaldson, Principal of Pickering Elementary School, in a letter to Fort Johnson leadership. She added, “Together we are creating a foundation for lifelong learning, and it is encouraging to witness the positive outcomes that result from our shared commitment to education.”

Honoring Medal of Honor recipients with street names

A recent event commemorated three of Fort Johnson’s 10 Louisiana Medal of Honor recipients, Pfc. James H. Diamond, Pfc. Milton Arthur Lee, and Cpl. Hampton M. Roach. Fort Johnson honored these individuals by renaming three neighborhood streets on base with their names. Mark S. Leslie, director of plans, training, and mobilization and security at Fort Johnson recognized the Corvias team for ensuring timely installation of the new street signs with the U.S. Army Medal of Honor marker.

“Corvias played a huge part in getting the Medal of Honor emblazoned on those signs to honor those American Heroes and educate the community,” Leslie said.

Protecting against winter storms

In response to Winter Storm Indigo, the Fort Johnson Corvias Property Management maintenance team worked around the clock to restore all systems to full functionality.
In response to Winter Storm Indigo, the Fort Johnson Corvias Property Management maintenance team worked around the clock to restore all systems to full functionality.

In early 2024, Winter Storm Indigo caused temperatures to drastically drop. Nationally, the storm’s Arctic chills blasted huge swaths of the United States, causing car crashes, downed trees, and at least 40 deaths. Locally, Corvias’ property management team swung into action to prepare the Fort Johnson community.

Before the storm, the Corvias team sent severe weather alerts, provided residents with emergency contacts, and shared safety tips with residents. Resulting freezing temperatures caused power outages and frozen pipes, and a round-the-clock response was mobilized to mend issues like damaged pipes and heating systems.

“During the near record cold temperatures, these dedicated teams performed with professionalism, expertise, and selflessness. They worked around the clock to restore the electrical distribution and facility systems in a safe and timely manner, while minimizing infrastructure damages,” said Nathan Jernigan, Fort Johnson director of public works.

Promoting military spouse-owned businesses

Leasing, resident, and maintenance teams are committed to outstanding customer service and resident satisfaction.
Leasing, resident, and maintenance teams are committed to outstanding customer service and resident satisfaction.

The Corvias team saw an opportunity to use its events to feature and amplify small businesses owned by spouses of service members based at Fort Johnson. Specifically, the Corvias Leasing Office team combined its property management open house and home tour with a unique military spouse-owned business market in early 2024. Attendees could browse military spouses’ wares, like embroidery and hair products, and tour a variety of homes and floorplans.

“They sacrifice so much,” said Michelle Land, a Corvias leasing consultant. “For this event in particular, we strengthened our relationship with the spouses and were happy to meet their customers too. Many of the people who came in for the market had not toured a home on Fort Johnson, nor seen a renovated home.”

Several military spouses participated in the event to showcase their businesses and make meaningful connections with other military families. 

Receiving recognition with the 2023 SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award

Corvias earned a 2023 Resident Satisfaction Award for providing an outstanding resident experience at its seven installations across six states.

One Fort Johnson SatisFacts survey respondent commented, “I honestly don't have anything to say to improve the overall experience! Everything was easy and worked out perfectly. Can't wait to make memories here and start my Army Career!!!”

COL C.J. Lopez, Fort Johnson Garrison Commander, commended the local team on this achievement. “Congratulations to Corvias on this well-deserved award. It’s a direct result of their responsiveness and service to our residents. We look forward to continuing our partnership in maintaining excellent quality of life for the Fort Johnson community.”

Corvias and its Fort Johnson team continue to invest in the communities where our military families live, work, and play. To learn more about what the team at Fort Johnson is doing and how you can become part of the Fort Johnson community, visit our website at corvias.com.

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About Corvias

Corvias partners with the Department of Defense and higher education institutions to solve infrastructure and energy resiliency challenges and to create long-term, sustainable value through our unique Solutions Through Partnerships® approach. Corvias partnerships enhance the well-being in our communities, including at the largest renewable energy project in Kansas and at resiliency projects nationwide. Our more than 72,000 residents consistently highly rank the courtesy and professionalism of our maintenance and leasing personnel.  To learn more, please visit: www.corvias.com

About Corvias Property Management

Corvias Property Management applies its resident-first approach to provide housing operations, maintenance and service support for university and military communities to create safe, high-quality places to live, learn, work and interact. Across 10 U.S. states, Corvias Property Management maintains 42,000 residential units, totaling approximately 50 million square feet of real estate, including at seven military installations and 15 universities.