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Jan. 21, 2020

Balfour Beatty Communities acquires 530 units in two-property multifamily deal

Balfour Beatty Communities acquires 530 units in two-property multifamily deal

Balfour Beatty Communities announced today that it has acquired the Paces Brook apartment community located at 113 Paces Brook in Columbia, SC and Retreat at Schillinger, an apartment community located at 1313 Schillinger Road South in Mobile, AL, adding 530 units to Balfour Beatty’s multifamily portfolio. The purchase was completed in partnership with ApexOne Investment Partners.

Recently rebranded as Avenue at Harbison, the 12-acre Paces Brook community is comprised of 260 units built in 1990 and configured in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. The 12 residential buildings sit on 12.71 acres that also accommodate the community’s clubhouse, leasing office, laundry facility and maintenance shop and extensive amenities including resort-style pool, fitness center, tennis court, car care center and dog park, as well as direct access to the 10-mile Harbison Walking Trail.

Situated in the Harbison Boulevard area, one of Columbia’s largest retail corridors, Avenue at Harbison sits just 11 miles from Downtown Columbia and offers immediate access to top area employers, including Palmetto Health, University of South Carolina, Amazon and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Built in 2010, Retreat at Schillinger offers 270 units featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans and ample amenities including a fitness center, pool and sundeck, dog park and movie theater.

Retreat at Schillinger’s three residential buildings and clubhouse sit on 14.64 acres ideally located in the attractive West Mobile submarket, approximately 12 miles from Downtown Mobile. The area features top-ranked schools, key economic drivers including Providence Hospital, University of South Alabama and Mobile Regional Airport, and more than 1.5 million square feet of quality retail within a 2-mile radius.

Renovation plans for both properties are scheduled to commence immediately and will include improvements to landscaping and exteriors, upgraded amenity packages, and interior renovations to further modernize and enhance kitchens, lighting and flooring.

Feb. 28, 2020

Balfour Beatty Communities military, multifamily and student properties recognized for resident satisfaction in 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities military, multifamily and student properties recognized for resident satisfaction in 2019

Balfour Beatty Commun​ities’ military, multifamily and student housing properties have earned Insite Awards recognizing superior resident satisfaction from SatisFacts. Awards are granted based on resident feedback from 2019 SatisFacts surveys.

"Every member of the Balfour Beatty Communities team is committed to our goal of delivering quality communities and an exceptional living experience to all residents, including our service men and women,” said Chris Williams, President of Balfour Beatty Communities. "We are deeply honored by these awards and believe they are a powerful testament to our successful pursuit of this goal.”

As a new community in 2019, this year marks the first opportunity for Aspire at Discovery Park to earn a recognition from SatisFacts. The team's commitment to delivering high-quality customer service to the Purdue University student body shows through this award.

The Balfour Beatty Communities properties recognized for Insite Survey Property Awards in 2019 include:

• Altus AFB Homes (Okla.)
• Aspire 349 (N.C.)
• Aspire at Discovery Park (Ind.)
• Aspire at West Campus (Iowa)
• Beale AFB Homes (Calif.)
• Cannon Family Homes (N.M.)
• Carlisle Barracks Homes (Pa.)
• Detrick Homes (Md.)
• Dyess Family Homes (Texas)
• Ellsworth AFB Homes (S.D.)
• Fairchild AFB Homes (Wash.)
• FE Warren AFB Homes (Wyo.)
• Fort Bliss Family Homes (Texas)
• Fort Carson Family Homes (Colo.)
• Fort Eustis Family Homes (Va.)
• Fort Gordon Family Homes (Ga.)
• Fort Hamilton Family Homes (N.Y.)
• Fort Jackson Family Homes (S.C.)
• Fort Leonard Wood Homes (Mo.)
• Fort Stewart Family Homes (Ga.)
• Fort Story Family Homes (Va.)
• Grand Forks AFB Homes (N.D.)
• Hunter AAF Homes (Ga.)
• JBWS Charleston Homes (S.C.)
• Lackland Family Homes (Texas)
• Lakehurst Homes (N.J.)
• Landings at Lake Gray (Fla.)
• Luke Family Homes (Ariz.)
• Mainstreet at Conyers (Ga)
• Malmstrom AFB Homes (Mont.)
• Minot AFB Homes (N.D.)
• Mitchel Homes (N.Y.)
• Mountain Home Family Housing (Idaho)
• NAS Jacksonville Homes (Fla.)
• NAS JRB Fort Worth Homes (Texas.)
• NAS Key West Homes (Fla.)
• NAS Meridian Homes (Miss.)
• NAS Pensacola Homes (Fla.)
• NAVSTA Newport Homes (R.I.)
• NCBC Gulfport Homes (Miss.)
• Northside (Texas)
• NS Mayport Homes (Fla.)
• NSA Panama City Homes (Fla.)
• NSB Kings Bay Homes (Ga.)
• NSB New London Homes (Conn.)
• NSY Portsmouth Homes (Maine.)
• NWS Earle Homes (N.J.)
• Picatinny Homes​ (N.J.)
• Preserve at Bartlett (Tenn.)
• Preserve at Zephyr Ridge (Fla.)
• Quiet Harbor at Saratoga Springs​ (N.Y.)
• Ridgeland Place (Miss.)
• Riverchase Landing (Ala.)
• Sheppard AFB Homes (Texas)
• Spring Valley Club (Fla.)
• Tinker AFB Homes (Okla.)
• Travis Family Homes (Calif.)
• Vandenberg Family Homes (Calif.)
• Waterchase Apartments​ (Fla.)
• West Point Family Homes (N.Y.)
• White Sands Homes (N.M.)
• Whiteman Family Homes (Mo.)
• Whiting Field Homes (Fla.)

SatisFacts is the leading provider of resident surveys, focusing on multifamily retention and reputation management. With over 15 years of experience and serving more than 3 million units nationwide, SatisFacts' surveys provide actionable feedback that helps increase resident satisfaction and property management companies' overall bottom lines. SatisFacts is a division of Internet Brands.

Jan. 17, 2020

Bridges to Prosperity Spotlight: Jake Dwyer

Bridges to Prosperity Spotlight: Jake Dwyer

BB Renovations Superintendent, Jake Dwyer, has helped so many people throughout his life through work— helping people during times of crisis as a firefighter and a medic, and helping rebuild and renovate homes for military families as a member of the Renovations team. On the suspension bridge team, he was able to help even more people and spread his love of volunteering internationally. 

Learn more about Jake and what his Bridges to Prosperity experience was like by reading on!

Role on team: Safety Lead

Role responsibilities: 
Ensure all team and community members have an understanding or safety policies and work is performed in a safe manner adhering to the OSHA 1926 & Balfour Beatty’s Zero Harm platform, perform daily safety inspections, perform onsite medical if needed, help in all aspects of the build.

What made you want to volunteer for the effort?
  I was a professional firefighter/medic for 15 years— helping and protecting others has always been a primal driving force in my life. It was what I was made to do. Help and be in service to something bigger than myself. 

What is your favorite memory from the experience? 
My favorite memory of this build was seeing the community we built for walk across the finished bridge for the first time, laughing and smiling knowing they finally have a safe means of crossing a river that has taken lives of people they loved. 

Did you learn anything new while working on the project? 
I learned that even with the barriers of language one kind deed will trigger another, this small gesture of building a bridge will add so much quality to the lives of the people of this community and I hope it compels others to give and help where they can.

Have you done something similar to Bridges to Prosperity before? 
During my firefighting career, I have helped with hurricane recovery efforts in different cities in the southern United States. I have also competed in the firefighter stair climb and numerous "Strongest Firefighter" competitions to help raise money for children’s leukaemia. But giving everything I have emotionally and physically for a charity like this was a new experience and one emotionally changed me and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would encourage everyone to take a step a leap outside of your comfort zone and give yourself to one of these amazing experiences, be a part of something bigger than yourself and give to something that will change you for the better. To push you to be a better version of yourself. 

Jan. 21, 2020

Renovation & Construction completes project at Hunter ahead of schedule

Renovation & Construction completes project at Hunter ahead of schedule

The Balfour Beatty Communities Renovation and Construction team recently finished a substantial project at Hunter AAF Homes in the Wilson Acres neighborhood.

At the lead of Maurice Martin, project superintendent, the team began planning in June 2019 to tackle a year-long project to re-roof 172 residential homes and repave 27,445 square yards of road in the 1950s neighborhood. The careful planning and scheduling resulted in the team completing the project in 6 months—half the time of the original projection!

Maurice’s ability to coordinate with the contractors, our community partners, and the residents we serve, was instrumental to the success of this project. By completing the project in half the time, Maurice’s efforts saved money and gave our residents the confidence of our commitment to our communities.

Apr. 02, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Residents

COVID-19 Update for Residents

Our thoughts are with all of our residents and their families during this challenging time. Balfour Beatty Communities provides housing for thousands of military families, students and other residents in communities located across the country and, in these unprecedented times, we are even more dedicated to our commitment to delivering exceptional living through exceptional customer service.

The health and safety of our residents and employees remains our top priority and we have put many safeguards in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

• Temporary closure of leasing/management offices to visitors/foot traffic
• Reduction of staff working on-site at any given time to meet social distancing guidelines
• Temporary closure of amenities and most common areas
• Suspension of routine work orders and in-unit preventive maintenance activities to limit in-person interactions
• Suspension of resident events

We have also implemented a variety of procedures and virtual tactics to further limit face-to-face interaction with our staff while allowing our teams to continue delivering all essential services, including completing emergency/urgent work orders, processing move-ins and move-outs, receiving rent payments, and conducting property tours and other leasing activities.

Our teams are working diligently to keep our communities open and operating smoothly, ensuring they are clean, safe and well-maintained. As providers of essential services, we continue to incur all of the expenses and overhead associated with the continued operation of our communities, including employee payroll, utilities, taxes, mortgages and insurance. In order to continue to meet these financial obligations, it is critical that timely rent payments continue.

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic will create financial hardships for many. We are actively tracking all federal, state and local laws regarding rental collection practices, including any applicable restrictions on evictions and/or charging of late fees. We also are working with the owners and mortgage lenders for the properties we manage in order to evaluate our policies on rental payments in response to COVID-19. Our policies may change as the pandemic continues to evolve, and we will seek to inform residents within our communities as any of our rent collection policies or procedures are modified. We also encourage residents to explore resources offered by federal, state and local governments that are aimed at supporting those financially impacted by COVID-19.

These are truly unprecedented times with many uncertainties, however our mission remains clear: delivering the quality communities people are proud to call home. More than ever we will be guided by the actions to which we hold ourselves accountable: putting people first, doing the right thing and delivering on our promises. We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we all work to support each other.

COVID-19 Resources

CDC COVID-19 Homepage
CDC Testing for COVID-19
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Information

Jan. 06, 2020

Bridges to Prosperity: Marty McBurney

Bridges to Prosperity: Marty McBurney

Marty McBurney, VP of Student Housing, put his expertise to work as Fundraising Lead for the Bridges to Prosperity suspended bridge team. While he's no stranger to volunteering, this program was different from his other charitable experiences. 

Read along to learn more about Marty's experience in Rwanda!

Role on team: Fundraising Lead

Role responsibilities:
Prior to leaving for the trip, my role included providing motivation, examples, and support for each team members individual fundraising efforts.

During the trip, I provided daily updates of new donations received and reminders to post about their experiences and opportunities to continue to donate.

Additionally, my role was expanded to doing whatever was need onsite to build the bridge. I spent a lot of time early on in the pre-fabrication tent pre-drilling screw holes and assembling bridge swings to later be installed as part of the decking. Once the cables were run on the bridge, I was able to participate in installing deck boards and installing the fencing materials. Our team really focused on everyone having an opportunity to do everything throughout their time so we all did a little bit of everything to make the build a success.

What made you want to volunteer for the effort?
I love to serve others and show God’s love as often as I can and saw this as a perfect opportunity to do so.

What is your favorite memory from the experience?
Hands down the best part of the trip was getting to interact with all of the children throughout the village. Our daily walk to and from the site was about a 30 minute hike that turned into 45 minutes to an hour each day because we would stop and interact with the kids along the walk. Somer was regularly taking polaroid’s of all of the kids (some ended up with 10 pictures of themselves and would carry them around like playing cards) and then we would listen to music on our walks and sometimes stop and break into a dance (macarena, electric slide, cupid shuffle, etc.). And then on the last day of the trip, I was able to work take some photos of some kids and give them some additional clothing items we had left over while one of our other teammates had broken out crayons and construction paper for the kids to do artwork; then one of the kids that I had taken a picture of brought me a drawing she did of a flower with the statement “In God we trust!” and being a Christian that just blew me away to see the power of God’s work all over the world.

Did you learn anything new while working on the project?
Coming from an office environment on a regular basis, I was able to learn a few new things from being in the field. We had a great construction manager who provided everyone with opportunities to try out new things that they may never have an opportunity to do. One of those things was surveying; Brendan pulled me over and gave me an opportunity to look through the equipment and see how they line things up in order to make sure they are hitting the proper elevation marks. Additionally, I was able to use a grinder to cut the cabling for the hand rails and I had never used a grinder previously.

Have you done something similar to Bridges to Prosperity before?
Not to the same extent. I would say it is similar to habitat for humanity, which I did regularly during college, and going on a mission trip.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Really would encourage others to apply in the future and get out of their comfort zones and go!

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