PHOTO CAPTION: ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " New field grade officer (FGO) homes in the Hibiscus neighborhood, here, will be completed in fall/winter 2013.
August 15, 2013
By Island Palm Communities
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Summer has come and nearly gone for construction teams working tirelessly to complete new homes for families.
"Our subcontractors are turning over a lot of new homes throughout the year, but during the busy summer PCS (permanent change of station) season when demand is high, it seems like we can't get enough," said Tom Adams, Island Palm Communities (IPC) director of property management.
"Over the next few months, we're going to see more new homes at Schofield for our junior noncommissioned officer families and new homes in our Hibiscus neighborhood at AMR (Aliamanu Military Reservation) for FGOs (field grade officers)," Adams said.
Since IPC took over development and management of USAG-Hawaii's residential communities in 2004, more than 3,900 new homes have been completed to date along with new community centers, tot lots, basketball courts, skateboard parks, swimming pools and spray parks.
Over the remainder of the initial development period, which runs through 2020, 1,300 new homes will be built. Upon completion, IPC will have constructed 5,241 homes, nine community centers, dozens of community amenities and renovated 2,515 existing homes.
"It's pretty amazing when you think about it that every home will have been impacted by this incredible effort by the Army to improve the homes and communities their Soldiers and families are living in," said Adams.
IPC isn't just building homes. It's creating communities with green open spaces, homes that incorporate energy-efficient home design and building materials, EnergyStar-rated appliances, and more.
Hawaiian Electric Company recently approved the first of several phases of photovoltaic (PV) installations, which got underway this month in the Helemano Military Reservation community.
IPC's original development plan included the installation of up to 6 megawatts of PV, but the potential to install more and pursue other renewable energy resources always existed. IPC is now moving ahead to install an additional 12 megawatts of PV.
When its development is complete in 2020, PV systems will be capable of generating up to 18 megawatts of power, providing nearly 35 percent of the community's energy needs through a renewable resource.