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Dec. 30, 2019

Bridges to Prosperity Spotlight: Carrie Brennan

Bridges to Prosperity Spotlight: Carrie Brennan

The Balfour Beatty Bridges to Prosperity team recently returned from Rwanda back to their ​normal routine and have had time to let the experience sink in and reflect.

Carrie Brennan, VP and Head of Financial Reporting, worked along the suspension bridge team as a project generalist. Read on to learn more about her and her time with Bridges to Prosperity!

Role responsibilities: Generalist – Painting, pre-drilling

What made you want to volunteer for the effort? 
 Volunteering has been a part of my life for the last 15+ years, but I haven’t done anything on this scale where you immediately see a tangible impact on people’s lives, I felt it was an experience of a lifetime that I didn’t want to let pass by.

What is your favorite memory from the experience?  
So many great memories, but the kids holding my hand and singing was such a precious moment.

Did you learn anything new while working on the project? 
I had zero construction experience, so that process was all new.  But one simple thing is a wave and a smile are universal.

Have you done something similar to Bridges to Prosperity before?  
No

Anything else you’d like to add? 
 The trip was much more physically demanding than expected, but overall the experiences was everything I hoped it would be and more.  I had a great team of people, and I couldn’t imagine doing it with any other 9 individuals.  It was an experience I will cherish forever.

Jun. 12, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities expands in Memphis with second area multifamily acquisition in 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities expands in Memphis with second area multifamily acquisition in 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities, national residential real estate investment and management company, has successfully acquired the Bartlett, TN multifamily community, Legends at Wolfchase. This deal marks the second acquisition of a Memphis-area community for the Company within the past six months, completed in conjunction with ApexOne Investment Partners.

To be rebranded as Preserve at Bartlett, the community is ideally situated in the desirable Memphis suburb of Bartlett and offers immediate access to the region’s main business corridors, as well as an award-winning school district. The property’s 300-unit inventory consists of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes featuring fireplaces, attached garages and private outdoor spaces. Community amenities across the property’s 24 acres include a pool, fitness center, dog park and clubhouse.

“We’re quite bullish on the Memphis multifamily market and pleased to continue our expansion in the region after our initial entry with the acquisition of Preserve at Southwind earlier this year,” said Gen Bauer, senior vice president of Balfour Beatty Communities. “We look forward to bringing Balfour Beatty Communities’ exceptional management approach to the property, as well as targeted renovations that will continue to position the property competitively in the market.”

Proposed plans for the property include comprehensive kitchen renovations, as well as upgrades to washer/dryer units and closets. Other planned community upgrades include enhancements to building exteriors, the pool area and overall landscaping.

Apr. 29, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Charles Thomason

Employee Spotlight: Charles Thomason

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Charles, facility manager.

Employee: Charles Thomason

Location: NAS Jacksonville Homes

Role: Facility Manager

How many years did you serve in the military?  I was in the military for 4 years.  

Which branch were you a member of?  U.S. Navy

What made you decide to continue your career in the military field after your time as an active duty service member?  I really enjoyed my time in the military and really wanted to pay it forward to the younger generation that is serving now.

How long have you worked for BBC? I have been at Balfour Beatty Communities for a year. 

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I really enjoy being back on the base that I served on. It’s a great day when a spouse of a deployed service member tells you that they are happy and feel like we are taking care of them while their spouse is deployed.

Jan. 02, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities enters Memphis market with multifamily acquisition

Balfour Beatty Communities enters Memphis market with multifamily acquisition

Balfour Beatty Communities has successfully acquired Preserve at Southwind, a 306-unit apartment community located in Memphis, TN. The latest addition to Balfour Beatty Communities’ multifamily portfolio was completed as part of a joint venture with ApexOne Investment Partners and American National Insurance Company and marks the Company’s first foray into the Memphis residential market. Newmark Knight Frank served as the broker for the acquisition. 

Built in 2000, Preserve at Southwind offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartment units ranging from 700 to 1434 square feet of living space. Located in the desirable Germantown/Collierville area, the community offers convenient access to major business hubs including FedEx World Headquarters and the World Technology Center, as well as the Memphis International Airport. 

“We are excited to enter the Memphis market with the acquisition of Preserve at Southwind,” said Michael Price, senior vice president of residential transactions for Balfour Beatty Communities. “The area shows considerable promise for continued growth, creating increasing demand for well-located, quality apartment homes. We look forward to capitalizing on that demand through a series of targeted property renovations and our world-class management services.” 

Property management services will be provided by Balfour Beatty Communities as they work to reposition Preserve at Southwind as a best-in-class apartment community to serve the concentration of professionals working in the area’s thriving business district. Renovations will include updates to apartment home interiors, amenities and common areas.

May. 03, 2019

Spring Valley Club Apartments reopens following hurricane restoration efforts

Spring Valley Club Apartments reopens following hurricane restoration efforts

Spring Valley Club Apartments, an apartment community located in north Panama City offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, proudly reopens after undergoing restoration efforts following the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in October, 2018. Select units are online and available to rent immediately, with additional units scheduled to be completed and progressively made available on a weekly basis through the end of August.

“Spring Valley Club is thrilled to be back providing exceptional apartment living to the greater Panama City community,” said Gen Bauer, SVP Multifamily for Balfour Beatty Communities, the property’s management company. “Hurricane Michael presented us with the unique opportunity to start from scratch and we capitalized on that with a strategic restoration effort that includes 21st century design and style features that deliver what today’s residents need and want from their apartment community.”

The comprehensive restoration effort included a complete renovation of apartment interiors and exteriors, as well as community amenities. The newly rebuilt and redesigned apartment interiors feature modern lighting, energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances, granite-style surfaces in kitchen and bathrooms, and wood-style flooring throughout. On the exteriors, screened-in porches/patios have been refurbished and landscaping enhancements are currently in process.

Improvements to the community’s amenities are currently underway, including resurfacing work on the pool and minor remodeling to the clubhouse, which are scheduled to be completed later this summer. These projects join recently completed amenity upgrades that are open and fully available for resident use, including the fitness center, outdoor kitchen and sundeck, and fire pit.

For information regarding apartment availability, floor plans and more, visit www.springvalleyclub.com or call (850) 784-1366.

Apr. 18, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities moves forward with housing restoration at Tyndall Air Force Base inviting local contractors to submit bids and visit site

Balfour Beatty Communities moves forward with housing restoration at Tyndall Air Force Base inviting local contractors to submit bids and visit site

Balfour Beatty Communities announced today that it is finalizing the scope for the next phase of work in the Tyndall AFB housing restoration project and is inviting local contractors to submit their interest/credentials for consideration. On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Balfour Beatty will conduct site visits with contractors interested in the comprehensive housing rebuilding and restoration project at the base. Tyndall AFB, including the privatized housing on base, sustained significant and devastating damage from Hurricane Michael. While extensive roofing work is already underway at the property, this next phase of the restoration will be mostly to the interiors of the homes and is expected to begin in May following an expedited bidding process.

“We’re seeking to engage qualified licensed local contractors who can mobilize quickly to rebuild and restore the hundreds of family homes at Tyndall AFB that were damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Michael,” said Mark Lavin, senior vice president, Balfour Beatty Communities. “We’re hiring teams that can help us create a more resilient and connected community for the future of the base. We encourage contractors in the Bay County area to register their interest and attend our site visit days in order to participate in this critical rebuilding effort.”

Balfour Beatty Communities plans to contract with a wide variety of professional trades, including:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Siding
  • Finish carpentry
  • Finish electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Countertops
  • Cabinets

Contractors interested in pursuing opportunities at Tyndall AFB Homes should contact Balfour Beatty Communities Procurement Project Manager Geoff Hutcherson at TyndallRFP@bbcgrp.com to obtain the Request for Proposal package and indicate their desire to attend a site visit. Pre-registration is required and in keeping with security procedures, contractors who show up without registering will not be allowed on the base for the visits. 

The deadline for bid submissions is May 10 with work expected to begin in May.

The damage caused by Hurricane Michael throughout Tyndall Air Force Base will require comprehensive restoration work to homes throughout the base. Balfour Beatty Communities has been working with the Air Force and the senior lender to finalize the scope of the restoration project and estimates the first restored homes could be available for move-in this fall. The company has committed to a more strategic rebuilding effort focused on upgrading the community for future storm resilience, as well as to include fiber optic infrastructure and improved cellular coverage to better enable smart home technology. 

Balfour Beatty Communities’ Military Housing division is in a 50-year partnership created with the Department of the Air Force through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI). As one of the leading partners in MHPI and a premier military housing developer, Balfour Beatty Communities owns and manages more than 43,000 homes across 55 Army, Navy and Air Force installations throughout the United States.

May. 14, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities rolls out upgraded Resident Portal to connect Military families to modern housing services

Balfour Beatty Communities rolls out upgraded Resident Portal to connect Military families to modern housing services

Balfour Beatty Communities today announced key upgrades to its resident portal across its military housing portfolio. The online portal seamlessly connects residents to support and resources, improving efficiency and convenience for residents whether they need to enter a service request, check the community calendar or access a policy document. 

“We are always seeking out better ways to connect with our residents and use technology to deliver an exceptional living experience,” Anne-Marie Niklaus, Senior Vice President for Balfour Beatty Communities said. “With our portal, residents can easily enter and track service requests, access their lease information or learn more about the amenities and resources available throughout the community. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to provide a 21st-century living experience to the brave men and women who rely on us to provide a home for them and their families.”

The upgrade is Balfour Beatty Communities’ latest step in enhancing the resident experience across its 55 military communities. The resident portal’s features include: 
 
• Easy online access via the community website or mobile app 
24/7 tool to submit and track all non-emergency work orders, including ability to upload related photos and videos
• Community policies and forms, service schedules, health and safety information and information on amenities, schools and other area resources
• Access to lease documents
• Online rent payment for eligible residents 
• Resident message center to view community announcements and communicate with staff
• User profile and contact information

Balfour Beatty Communities’ Military Housing division holds multiple projects with the Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force in a 50-year partnership as a part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI). As one of the leading partners in MHPI and a premier military housing developer, Balfour Beatty Communities owns and manages more than 43,000 homes across 55 Army, Navy and Air Force installations throughout the United States.

Apr. 24, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Janelle Pettengill

Employee Spotlight: Janelle Pettengill

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Janelle, resident specialist.

Employee: Janelle Pettengill

Location: NS Mayport Homes

Role: Resident Specialist

How long have you been working in property management? Why did you choose this field? I have been working in property management for about 8 years now. I chose this field because being a spouse of an active duty member for almost 30 years I know how stressful moving can be. I wanted to assist families and give them the top-notch customer service and make their new location move welcoming and efficient.

What are some of your daily responsibilities?  Some of my daily responsibilities are ensuring residents are satisfied and utilize team work with fellow co-workers to give them the perfect move in or move out experience.

How long have you worked for BBC?  I joined the company almost 4 years ago.

Favorite part about working with residents daily?  I empathize with the residents and truly make every effort to be positive and make their move stress free. My favorite part of my job is touching the family’s lives and giving them a lasting impression.

May. 16, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities celebrates Month of the Military Child at bases across the country

Balfour Beatty Communities celebrates Month of the Military Child  at bases across the country

Balfour Beatty Communities announced today that it recently hosted family-friendly events at military bases across the country in recognition of the Month of the Military Child, a holiday established by the Department of Defense that honors nearly 1.8 million total force-dependent children worldwide.  The events, created and hosted through Balfour Beatty’s LifeWorks program, consisted of fun, engaging activities for military children, including carnivals, block parties, giveaways, social media contests, barbeques, fundraisers, walks and runs. 

The properties owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Commuities that hosted engaging, community-centric events for Month of the Military Child included:

• Fort Carson Family Homes (Colo.): Hosted a month-long photo contest on its Facebook channel where residents sent in a picture of their children for chances to win prizes.
• NSB New London Homes (Conn.): Hosted a Military Child appreciation event where children submitted pictures, drawings, letters or a video about what it means to be a military child for a chance to win prizes. The community also held a pizza party for all military children where they received a certificate of appreciation and had the opportunity to meet with the Groton Rotary Club, as well as Navy Federal to help children open savings accounts.
• NAS Jacksonville Homes (Fla.): Hosted a Month of the Military Child Stroller Strut within the neighborhood, where attendees were encouraged to wear purple in creative ways in support of the awareness holiday. The community held giveaways and provided appreciation gifts for all who participated.
• West Point Family Homes (N.Y.): Hosted more than 200 children and 100 adults for its Month of the Military Child event, where guests enjoyed bowling, popular games such as BIG Connect 4 and Jenga, a bounce house, a Home Depot Kids Workshop, arts and crafts, carnival-themed foods, and face paint. 
• Fairchild AFB Homes (Wash.): Held an event at Warrior Park with more than 50 vendors. Nearly 600 attendees enjoyed a photo booth, face painting, Kona ice, carnival games, hot chocolate, and a chance to win bikes, tickets to the local casino’s new Laser Quest.

Additional homes that hosted events include Luke Family Homes (Ariz.),  NS Mayport Homes (Fla.),  Fort Stewart Family Homes (Ga.),  Mountain Home Family Housing (Idaho), NSY Portsmouth Homes (Maine), Whiteman Family Homes (Mo.), Grand Forks AFB Homes (N.D.), Lakehurst Homes (N.J.), NWS Earle Homes (N.J.), White Sands Homes (N.M.), Fort Hamilton Family Homes (N.Y.), Quiet Harbor at Saratoga Springs (N.Y.), Ellsworth AFB Homes (S.D), NAVSTA Newport Homes (R.I.), Lackland Family Homes (Texas), and Dyess Family Homes (Texas).

Balfour Beatty Communities’ award-winning LifeWorks program provides a busy calendar of engaging events and activities for residents of all ages. From fitness clubs and seasonal crafts, to community gardens and cooking classes, the programs act as the core offering within all of its military communities. LifeWorks allows residents to meet their neighbors, socialize and make memories to last a lifetime.

Balfour Beatty Communities is a proud manager of military residences and is a founding partner of the Department of Defense’s Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI). As a premier military housing developer, Balfour Beatty Communities is responsible for more than 130,000 residents in more than 43,000 homes across its military portfolio.

May. 10, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities expands Florida portfolio with acquisition in Largo

Balfour Beatty Communities expands Florida portfolio with acquisition in Largo

National residential real estate investment and management company Balfour Beatty Communities, recently completed the acquisition of Waterchase Apartments in partnership with ApexOne Investment Partners. The 278-unit apartment community located in Largo, FL boosts Balfour Beatty’s Florida portfolio to more than 3,500 residential units state-wide. 

Constructed in the 1980s, Waterchase is situated on 18 acres and offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartment homes and a variety of amenities including three pools, a dog park, fitness center and newly renovated clubhouse. The community’s ideal Largo location offers close proximity to the area’s award-winning beaches, as well as the area’s prominent employers including the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Bank of America and Largo Medical Center.  

“Waterchase is an exciting addition to our Florida multifamily portfolio,” said Michael Price, senior vice president of residential transactions for Balfour Beatty Communities. “The Largo/Tampa area features many desirable rental demographics, including a thriving job market, and this property is ideally suited to our multifamily strategy targeted at investing in renovation and improved property management to increase value.”

Balfour Beatty Communities will deliver both property management and asset management services for the property. 

Oct. 08, 2019

BBC Foundation earns MHN Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

BBC Foundation earns MHN Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation was recently recognized by Multi-Housing News’ Excellence Awards program for its work with the annual academic scholarship program.

The Foundation’s win of the Silver Award for Corporate Social Responsibility was announced on October 3 at a gala hosted in New York by Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive.

Companies that demonstrated that it helped its surrounding community, be it through a volunteer program, helping after a natural disaster, local support or involvement, etc. in 2018 were eligible to enter and win the Corporate Social Responsibility award.

For the 2019/2020 academic year, Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation gave more than $120,000 in scholarships to residents spanning 22 states. Since the scholarship program began in 2009, the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation has granted more than 400 scholarships to students pursuing a wide variety of academic interests. Each recipient has had a unique story, impressive credentials and ambitious dreams that continue to motivate the Foundation to work harder to provide more scholarships to the students of the future. 

Congratulations to the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Board of Directors for this award!

Oct. 24, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities completes sale of 882-unit multifamily portfolio

Balfour Beatty Communities completes sale of 882-unit multifamily portfolio

Balfour Beatty Communities today announces the sale of three multifamily properties located just outside of Atlanta, GA—Evergreen Commons, Evergreen Park and Evergreen Terrace. The Company acquired the 882-unit portfolio with Torchlight Investors in 2017 and provided property management services for the properties during its ownership. CRBE represented the Balfour Beatty and Torchlight in the sale.

“We’re very pleased that the apartment renovations, community improvements and professional management services we brought to the Evergreen properties over the last two years positioned them as a highly competitive option within the greater Atlanta apartment market,” said Mike Price, SVP, Balfour Beatty Communities. “The properties were renovated from the inside out, from pool area and clubhouse renovations, to interior upgrades including new cabinetry, flooring and countertops.”

This most recent sale is consistent with Balfour Beatty Communities’ strategy to acquire value-add residential assets that allow our in-house renovations and operations teams to make capital improvements and elevate property performance to more effectively compete with top-tier communities in the marketplace.    

Apr. 22, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Cheryl Sutton

Employee Spotlight: Cheryl Sutton

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Cheryl, community manager.

Employee: Cheryl Sutton

Location: Fort Stewart Family Homes

Role: Community Manager

How many years have you been a military spouse? I have been a military spouse for 15 years.

What made you decide to enter in the military-area for your career? I was looking for a career that was survive the PCS of my spouse and that would allow me to work with military families. 

How long have you worked for BBC?  I have worked at BBC for about a year and a half. 

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? Being able to work with people just like me! I know and can relate to the families here-- maybe your spouse is deployed and you are doing double duty or transportation is delayed or you have been living in a hotel for a week and are so excited to get into your home. Knowing the day-to-day challenges these families face helps me do my job.

Apr. 18, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Steve Belcher

Employee Spotlight: Steve Belcher

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Steve, facility manager.

Employee: Steve Belcher

Location: Minot AFB Homes

Role: Facility Manager

How many years did you serve in the military? I was in the service for almost 8 years.

Which branch were you a member of? U.S. Army

What made you decide to continue your career in the military field after your time as an active duty service member? I chose this career to help make sure military families on base were being taken care of. 

How long have you worked for BBC?  I came to Balfour Beatty Communities almost 2 years ago. 

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I enjoy delivering the best treatment to our military families who live with us. They have a choice where to live so it's a motivation to give the best experience I can to each resident. 

Jun. 03, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation awards more than $120,000 in Scholarships to residents

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation awards more than $120,000 in Scholarships to residents

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation announced today it has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to residents living in residences owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. The academic scholarships were awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students attending accredited educational or technical institutions. The majority of the scholarships were granted to students of military families living in military homes owned by Balfour Beatty Communities throughout the United States.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to help these students take this important step in achieving their goals,” said Kathy Grim, board member of the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation. “The promise and potential of so many students came through in their essays, and it’s a true honor to be able to invest in the academic careers of our residents. We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”

Residents at communities across 22 states received scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on an essay submission as well as students’ academic achievements, GPA, community involvement and financial need. The scholarships are given as part of the foundation’s ongoing goal to encourage and promote the pursuit of education and commitment to community leadership. 

Apr. 19, 2019

Employee spotlight: Jolee-Ann Collins

Employee spotlight: Jolee-Ann Collins

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Jolee, resident specialist.

Employee: Jolee-Ann Collins

Location: Minot AFB Homes

Role: Resident Specialist

How many years have you been a military spouse? I have been a military spouse for a year and a half.

What made you decide to enter in the military-area for your career? I really wanted to be able to work with the community in which I live and my spouse is a part of. I was looking for a job where I felt I could really give back and help other people and this seems to be the right fit.

How long have you worked for BBC?  I have worked with the company just shy of a year.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I love being able to help people and assist them with their moving process. Being a new military spouse I am all too familiar with the stress of a PCS, as well as the first PCS. Being able to assist those who have questions and concerns and try to help alleviate any issues they may have housing wise is the part I enjoy the most. If I can help take the edge off and help them feel a little calmer about moving, whether it be in our out of Minot AFB, then I consider it a successful day!

Aug. 12, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities grows Jacksonville portfolio with luxury apartment asset

Balfour Beatty Communities grows Jacksonville portfolio with luxury apartment asset

National residential real estate investment and management company Balfour Beatty Communities has successfully completed the acquisition of Landings at Lake Gray, a 300-unit apartment community located in Jacksonville, FL. The purchase was completed in partnership with ApexOne Investment Partners.

Developed in 2005, Landings at Lake Gray offers one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts averaging 952 square feet and featuring designer cabinetry, plank flooring, plantation-style blinds and in-unit washer/dryer. Some floor plans also feature vaulted ceilings, granite counters and garages. The 14-acre property also offers lake views and extensive community amenities, including a resort-style pool, fitness center, clubhouse, outdoor kitchen and playground.

Located in desirable West Jacksonville, Landings at Lake Gray offers convenient and immediate access to Interstate 295 and major area employers including Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Orange Park Medical Center and General Dynamics.

“Landings at Lake Gray is located in a highly sought-after area of Northeast Florida and benefits from its close proximity to Jacksonville’s largest employment centers,” said Gen Bauer, senior vice president of Balfour Beatty Communities. “With our targeted renovation strategy and world-class management services, we are very excited about this property and its potential to serve area residents looking for quality and value.”

Renovation plans for Landings at Lake Gray are scheduled to commence immediately and will include additional improvements to landscaping and curb appeal, an upgraded amenity package, and interior renovations to further modernize kitchens, lighting and flooring.

May. 24, 2019

Veterans from Wounded Warrior Project participate in BBCF's annual golf tournament

Veterans from Wounded Warrior Project participate in BBCF's annual golf tournament

The Swing 4 Scholarships Golf Tournament is the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation’s primary fundraiser of the year that goes toward the Foundation’s annual scholarship program for residents. The event this year was hosted on May 21.

For the past few events, sponsor K2 Construction Consultants has asked the Foundation to find local veterans in the area where the tournament is hosted and invite them to participate on the Company’s behalf. This year, four veterans who are a part of the Wounded Warrior Project joined us at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, WI.

AJ McKinney was a Noncommissioned Officer in the Army and served as an infantryman and recruiter. He has been with WWP since September 2018 and during that time he has been extremely involved and an active member in his area. AJ is on the list for consideration of a Warrior Leader, a trained volunteer position where he will conduct and lead various events in and around his community.

Fred Lux served in the Navy as a torpedoman and an advance undersea MK-46 maintenance weaponsman. When Fred left the Navy, he started his own non-profit organization, Veterans for Airsoft, that connects veterans and civilians in their community though a weekend of camping and playing various Airsoft tournament games. Fred has been with WWP since March 2018.

Claire Farron served in the Army as a junior enlisted soldier and today is one of the first female veteran race car drivers. Claire has been with WWP since May 2018.

Chris Metzler served in the Army and has been with WWP since November 2014. He is an avid and passionate golfer. Chris and AJ actually served in the Army together and AJ was Chris’s Sergeant.

Thank you AJ, Fred, Claire and Chris for joining us for this year’s tournament and for your service as active duty service members and as active members of the Wounded Warrior Project. We hope you had a great time!

May. 08, 2019

Demolition work underway at Fort Bliss Family Homes to make way for new possibilities

Demolition work underway at Fort Bliss Family Homes to make way for new possibilities

Local leadership at Fort Bliss joined the Balfour Beatty Communities team to celebrate the start of demolition at Fort Bliss Family Homes’ South Main Post neighborhood. The removal of this neighborhood will leave the possibilty open to redevelop into homes, amenities or more in the coming years. 

​​​​​​​The neighborhood is made up of 239 homes in 151 buildings that were built from 1956-1962. These homes are considered the oldest in the community’s portfolio that are not deemed historic homes. 

Resident Specialist Dennis Johnson was also on-site to witness the start to demolition for another reason—he was a resident of this neighborhood for almost two decades. Dennis’ father was a Sergeant Major at Fort Bliss during his military career and brought his family to live in the military housing community. He lived at 1801 Artillery for 18 years of his life, even after his family had the option to upgrade to a different home. Dennis’ mom loved the location of their home, as she was able to easily get to local shops and amenities without needing to drive a long way.

The BBC team has been working with the Army to determine next steps for this area of the community. The location is ideal for residents, as amenities, a variety of retail locations and schools are conveniently close by. We look forward to seeing the future of the neighborhood and new offerings for residents at Fort Bliss Family Homes.​

Apr. 26, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Edward Knapik

Employee Spotlight: Edward Knapik

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Ed, resident specialist. Employee: Edward Knapik

Location: Fairchild AFB Homes

Role: Resident Specialist

How many years did you serve in the military?  I served for 23 years in the military. 

Which branch were you a member of?  U.S. Air Force

What made you decide to continue your career in the military field after your time as an active duty service member?  After retiring from the Air Force and serving at Fairchild AFB for many years, this was a great opportunity to stay involved with the military and Fairchild AFB both which became my second home. Having been a former resident as well as formerly renting off base I see first-hand the many improvements and advantages of living here. Many of the changes are things only dreamed of by residents prior to Balfour Beatty Communities beginning operations!

How long have you worked for BBC? I have worked at Fairchild AFB Homes for more than 10 years. 

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I love seeing the excitement when a new resident sees the house we’ve offered them for the first time and transitions into making it their new home. The joy, especially of the children when they first walk (sometimes run!) into their new and explore it and their back yard. I also enjoy helping out with LifeWorks events and getting to see and serve our residents in a different way. It’s also rewarding when a family tells me at move out that they enjoyed living in their home. I can truly see how we’re making their lives better by providing superior homes and communities!

Apr. 25, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Courtney Collier

Employee Spotlight: Courtney Collier

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Courtney, community manager.

Employee: Courtney Collier

Location: NCBC Gulfport Homes

Role: Community Manager

How long have you been working in property management? Why did you choose this field? I have been in Property Management for 17 years and with BBC for 15 years. This field actually chose me. I have a degree in graphic design and was working in that field in Oxford, MS after I graduated from the University of Mississippi. A friend of mine was in property management and was starting up a new student housing development. After many conversations she convinced me to come to work for her as her Assistant Manager and the rest is history.

What are some of your daily responsibilities?  My daily responsibilities consist of many things but for the most part it is managing the staff, maintaining the budget, making sure bills are paid, rent is received and work orders are getting done in a timely manner, developing working relationships with partners, vendors and commands, and most of all providing the best customer service to our residents.

Favorite part about working with residents daily?  My favorite part about working with my residents on a daily basis is the fact that in a small way I am giving back to the ones that sacrifice so much for our country.

Apr. 23, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Kyla Worcester

Employee Spotlight: Kyla Worcester

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Kyla, resident specialist.

Employee: Kyla Worcester

Location: Minot AFB Homes

Role: Resident Specialist

How many years have you been a military spouse? I've been a military spouse for 12 years.

What made you decide to enter in the military-area for your career? I wanted to choose a job that would give me a sense of accomplishment. I know how it is being military and moving constantly. I knew working for Minot AFB Homes I could make another military families move to Minot AFB a little easier, knowing what they are experiencing in the transition of a PCS.

How long have you worked for BBC?  I've been at Minot AFB Homes for 1 year.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I truly enjoy seeing new families come to Minot and being able to make them feel like they are at home as soon as they walk through our doors. It leaves me with a warm heart and a smile on my face every day knowing they are at least happy and comfortable in their home.

Apr. 17, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Malherek

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Malherek

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Jeff, facility manager.

Employee: Jeff Malherek

Location: Fairchild AFB Homes

Role: Facility Manager

How many years did you serve in the military? I served for 30 years

Which branch were you a member of? US Air Force

What made you decide to continue your career in the military field after your time as an active duty service member? As a career Air Force Civil Engineer, I managed military housing overseas as an Air Force SNCO, this was a venue I had a great deal of experience in. As a 30-year retiree, I’m able to offer insight to the unique demands of the military to BBC employees and explain to military members, as one of their own, what Balfour Beatty Communities can offer them.

How long have you worked for BBC? 4 years

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? Seeing myself in actions and behaviors of our young service members.  With a history of service to others, this position offers me a way to continue to give back to the military community.

Feb. 01, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities rooftop solar program surpasses Department of Defense’s renewable energy goal in 2018

Balfour Beatty Communities rooftop solar program surpasses Department of Defense’s renewable energy goal in 2018

Balfour Beatty Communities produced an average energy offset of more than 30 percent across 12 U.S. military housing communities in 2018. Driven by the company’s rooftop solar program, the energy offset surpasses the Department of Defense goal to generate 25 percent of total military installation energy consumption through renewable energy sources.

“The rooftop solar program not only has a positive impact on the environment, but directly supports our DOD partners in their effort to develop more resilient, energy independent military installations,” said Mark Lavin, senior vice president of project management and development for Balfour Beatty Communities. “We are constantly driving to identify improvements and efficiencies in housing as part of our long-term partnerships with the DOD. In addition to surpassing renewable energy targets, this program saves the military departments and service member’s money by operating energy services at lower and more predictable rates.”

Highlights from the rooftop solar program include:

More than 32MW of solar installed across 12 military installations Offset 70% of energy consumption at Luke Family Homes—the privatized housing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona 53,787,169 kWh of energy generated in 2018 Congress established the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) in 1996 to improve the condition of housing for military service members by forging partnerships with experienced private-sector leaders in the housing industry to expand and update the military housing portfolio. As a leading MHPI partner, Balfour Beatty Communities has partnered with SolarCity (now Tesla) at several military housing locations throughout the U.S. to support the Department of Defense’s Office of Energy Initiative goal to deploy 1 GW of renewable energy and derive 25 percent of total energy consumed from renewable energy sources by 2025.

Apr. 12, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Teresa Morrell

Employee Spotlight: Teresa Morrell

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Teresa, LifeWorks coordinator.

Employee: Teresa Morrell

Location: Whiting Field Homes

Role: LifeWorks Coordinator

How many years have you been a military spouse? I was a military spouse for 25 years (active/retired).

What made you decide to enter in the military-area for your career? My spouse was already in the service and it was a convenient job opportunity.

How long have you worked for BBC? I’ve worked for the company for more than 12 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? Spending times with the families, learning about different places they have been or came from. Being a former military wife, I experienced the months separated from your spouse, living in a home but missing home and family. I love to give back to the spouses who keep the home fires burning by giving them a place to come and break free, enjoy others, and feel the sense of family.

Apr. 01, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Dolly Ihli

Employee Spotlight: Dolly Ihli

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Dolly Ihli, community manager. 

Name: Dolly Ihli

Community: NS Mayport Homes

Role: Community Manager

Time in property management: 21 years

Why did I choose this industry? This industry chose me! I was asked by a broker acquaintance if I wanted to be her property manager, I said “yes” and have been doing this ever since.  But when I had an opportunity to work in military property management, I jumped at the chance to work with fellow veterans and military families because I knew I could relate to what they were going through and I knew that would be a job that would make my soul happy (Years later, I still love military property management).

Daily Responsibilities? I consider myself a dance choreographer and symphony director—coordinating operations between facilities and management, making sure that we all stay “in step” with our mission (the music) of supporting our military and their families. From moving in to moving out and all of the music and movements in between, we make every effort to assure that our families are supported.

Favorite part about working with residents? The look on the face of a SN who needs a home and we can help….the look on the face of a family that just PCS’d from Hawaii and needed a home to get out of living in a hotel for 3 weeks….being able to help our residents (even with challenging issues) ….the ability to help make people’s lives a little better every day is what makes me fall in love with my job daily.

How many years did you serve in the military? 10 years then I supported my husband who retired at 21 years

Which branch were you a member of? U.S. Navy

What made you decide to continue your career in the military field after your time as an active duty service member? As an active duty member, I lived in base housing for all of my career (both as an active member and a dependent) I was very excited about being able to be a part of the positive efforts to improve housing for our military members/families. Because I had dealt directly with the military run housing I knew this would be a huge improvement, which is why I’ve stayed with military housing 95% of my property management career.

Jan. 14, 2019

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation kicks off annual scholarship program

It’s that time of year again! The annual Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. All residents, including spouses and children, who live at a BBC-owned and managed property are eligible to apply. Applicable properties include the entire military and campus portfolios and the following communities in our multifamily portfolio:

  • Evergreen Commons
  • Evergreen Park
  • Evergreen Terrace
  • Preserve at Southwind
  • Preserve at Zephyr Ridge
  • Ridgeland Place
  • Riverchase Landing
  • Townlake of Coppell

Residents who are planning to attend or are already attending an accredited college or university in the fall of 2019, or are enrolled in a program of study designed to transfer directly into a four-year program, can apply for a scholarship award which range from $1,000 to $2,500. Exceptional submissions can potentially earn a larger amount.

The criteria used to evaluate applicants includes:

  • Academic performance
  • Community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Financial need

Applications must be submitted at www.bbcommunitiesfoundation.org by March 22, 2019.

Apr. 30, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Ashley Knupp

Employee Spotlight: Ashley Knupp

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Ashley, assistant community manager.

Employee: Ashley Knupp

Location: Minot AFB Homes

Role:Assistant Community Manager

How many years have you been a military spouse? I've been a military spouse for 20 years.

What made you decide to enter in the military-area for your career? Being a military spouse, I know what it is like to PCS and having to move all the time. I wanted to be able to help military families and make their transition smooth.

How long have you worked for BBC? I've been an employee at Minot AFB Homes for about 4 and a half years.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I love helping families find their home and seeing the smile on their faces. I feel like I can help them with their transition to Minot AFB. I enjoy being able to inform families about the base and what the community has to offer. It makes me feel good to ease their minds and make the moving process smooth and seamless.

Apr. 15, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Jessica Davis

Employee Spotlight: Jessica Davis

We're spotlighting some of our BBC employees from around the country– including military veterans and spouses– in recognition of NAA's RPM Careers Month! Continue reading to learn more about Jessica, assistant community manager.

Employee: Jessica Davis

Location: Dyess Family Homes

Role: Assistant Community Manager

How many years have you been a military spouse? I have been a military spouse for 13 years.

What made you decide to enter in the military-area for your career? Living on the base already with my spouse, working in another capacity for the military was a short commute and I knew I would learn a lot more about the military.

How long have you worked for BBC? 4 years this August.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working with military families? I enjoy a lot about my job, but my favorite is the excitement of the military family getting a new home. I think it helps me with my job that I can relate to their situation from moving in or out, TDY, deployments, holding down the home front, and making new friends in a new place.

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