A trip through Fort Riley’s
Colyer Forsyth, McClellan Place and Warner Peterson communities can almost make
people forget they are within the gates of a military installation. Each home
displays a fresh coat of paint and a well-manicured lawn. Inside these homes, Fort
Riley families experience upgrades and modernization that bring comfort,
quality of life and energy conservation features to on-post housing.
The renovations to the homes
were part of a larger 10-year plan to update Fort Riley family housing. The
main goal of the project is to renovate, build and maintain modern and
comfortable homes efficiently and effectively for military families.
Corvias has modernized and adapted
the homes to today’s military family with improved safety and convenience
features. The improvements include a storm shelter, master suite, new lighting
fixtures, paint, plumbing and flooring.
“The improvements being made
to family housing at Fort Riley are to bring on-post housing to equal or higher
quality than homes outside of the gate,” said Gary Rust, program manager for
Corvias Military Living at Fort Riley. “Military families should not have to
sacrifice quality or comfort when they choose to live on-post.”
QUALITY OF LIVING
For Sgt. Brett Stovall,
living in on-post housing is more than just a roof over his head. When the
Stovalls learned Corvias offers affordable housing options for families of all
sizes, they knew they would be able to move their family of six together for
the first time in four years.
“My wife and I have a huge
family; providing housing for different size families is a great thing for Fort
Riley,” Stovall said. “The quality of living is great here. Living at Fort
Riley gives us freedom but also provides my kids with a safe environment.”
For the Stovall family, the
most important feature is the new, dedicated master suite. The master suite
includes a large walk-in closet, plus a master bathroom separate from the sleeping
“My wife and I both work early
in the morning; now we have the ability to not interrupt each other,” said
“The intent behind each detail
of the renovations is to maximize convenience, comfort and quality of living
for the service member and their family,” said Rust.
According to Rust,
conveniences such as a storm shelter provide military families from all over
the country with peace of mind during Kansas’ severe weather season.
IF THE WALLS COULD TALK
While the cosmetic
improvements to these homes are notable, additional significant upgrades cannot
be seen by residents because they are behind the walls of the home.
“There have been changes in
home construction practices since these homes were built in the 1970s,” said
Kelly Karl, lead project manager for Corvias Military Living at Fort Riley. “Advancements
in thermal insulation processes, development of tighter building enclosures and
innovations of heating and cooling systems all contribute to the level of
comfort in modern homes.”
The renovation process
enabled Corvias to capitalize on these best practices. Corvias added insulation
to the homes and the size of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning distribution
vents were increased. With better insulation and improved airflow throughout the
home, families are better able to maintain a comfortable interior air
temperature regardless of the season.
While these improvements contribute
greatly to creating a comfortable place Fort Riley families call home, they can
also save families money. In addition to the structural improvements, the
renovation scope included new appliances and fixtures, such as low-flow toilets
and faucets. All of the energy-efficient measures and products reduce the cost
and consumption of energy in the homes.
Corvias completed the town house
renovations in April 2014. Corvias will continue new home construction,
demolition and renovations at Fort Riley through June 2016.