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Base home construction on track

In the TVC housing area at Peterson AFB, a total of 24 homes have been framed and are now in the roofing process.

In the TVC housing area at Peterson AFB, a total of 24 homes have been framed and are now in the roofing process.

By Meryl Large

Tierra Vista Communities

Since breaking ground in April 2008, Tierra Vista Communities has continued on their mission to provide Peterson Airmen and families a better quality of life.

In February 2009 the team at Tierra Vista Communities is seeing major progress in the construction and delivery of 597 three and four bedroom homes to the installation.

To date, Actus Lend Lease, the developer for TVC, has poured the foundation for 70 of 93 new homes. During the initial construction, the three and four bedroom field grade officer homes receive the first foundation, followed by the remaining company grade and senior non-commissioned officer homes. During the winter months, Actus Lend Lease averaged about three foundations per week, depending on the weather conditions, and expects to have complete all foundations by the end of February.

Once the foundation is poured, the next step is framing. Twenty-four homes are framed and being prepared for the roofing process. In addition, roughly 60 percent of the underground utilities have been installed, including sewer and storm water drain installation.

The company will also complete extensive renovations to another 53 existing homes. These new and renovated homes feature state-of-the-art design and technology, incorporating modern and efficient construction techniques into every aspect of design. Features of the homes include tankless water heaters, which are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than traditional gas water heaters and up to 50 percent more energy efficient than electric water heaters. All new homes contain Energy Star appliances, home office spaces with technology niches, and covered porches for integrated indoor and outdoor living.

The first new homes being constructed include delivery of new field grade officers, company grade officers and senior NCO housing. The homes are expected to be completed in summer 2009. Work will continue throughout the development period, with all 597 homes scheduled for completion in 2013.

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