- Fort Sill Housing Partnership delivers in 2015
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Corvias Military Living began delivering the first of 78 newly-constructed townhomes available for new resident move-in late last month, just in time for Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season when an influx of service members and families is expected. The Moore family was the first to move into their new home in Buffalo Soldier Acres where construction will continue through the end of the year.
“Our home, joined by love, commitment and hard work will bring happy memories…,”said SPC Moore who expressed her family’s excitement about their new home.
“Our family is really looking forward to discovering and utilizing as much as we can here on post.” We love the community and value that on-post housing offers.”
The three and four-bedroom homes range from 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, and are available to junior enlisted (E1 to E5) service members with dependents. Upon completion of all 78 homes, Corvias will have accomplished the plan to build 510 new homes on post as identified in the Initial Development Period (IDP), which extends through the first eight years of the 50-year partnership between Fort Sill and Corvias.
“We are proud and honored to partner with the Army in delivering enhanced quality of life to service members and families living in our homes and communities on post,” said Amber McNeil, business director for Corvias Military Living at Fort Sill.
“Despite current government budget constraints, our partnership will continue to be resilient and is designed to sustain improved quality of life for military families for the next 43 years.”
Corvias has also broken ground on another amenity that will open to residents this year. Construction efforts are currently underway to build Fort Sill’s third and final community center located in the Buffalo Soldier Acres Community.
The newest community center will be a 3,400 square-foot facility offering Wi-Fi connectivity; a fitness room; business center equipped with computers, Common Access Card (CAC) readers for Department of Defense (DoD) network access, and a printer/scanner/fax machine; an outdoor entertainment area and a splash pad in lieu of a pool.
“The splash pad concept is not only exciting for Corvias, but our Army partner is thrilled we will be able to offer this new amenity. It will be the first one in the Corvias portfolio,” said McNeil. The community center is scheduled to open this fall.
New construction is not the only activity underway. Corvias will also complete a project to demolish 74 homes in Artillery Village and complete two renovation programs, bringing the total number of completed renovations to 810. Home renovation scopes include upgraded kitchens, new flooring or refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint, and new plumbing and light fixtures.
Additional projects scheduled for completion in 2015 include heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades in 810 homes. These upgrades include installation of new, high efficiency HVAC systems and attic insulation upgrades for better home energy efficiency. Work in Geronimo Acres is nearing completion to improve insulation and thermal performance of plumbing walls. This will prevent freezing pipes that have occurred in past winters. Corvias is currently working on plans to schedule a similar insulation project for the Patriot Estates homes that have also experienced this issue.
These improvement projects have been identified and implemented in large part due to resident input. Continued resident engagement allows the housing partnership to identify needs and shape future plans, projects and programs.
As a result of resident feedback, three new customer service based initiatives rolled out this year to include automated voice communication services, online rental payment options and the addition of the Fort Sill On-Post Housing Facebook page.
The automated voice communication service can deliver a recorded message directly to residents quicker than individual calls from Corvias staff and has already helped communicate critical information to residents during the heavy rains and flooding Fort Sill experienced in May. Corvias also launched their Facebook page as another platform and opportunity where the team and residents can engage and share information.
“Providing exceptional customer service is our priority and we believe these initiatives will increase communication and convenience for residents,” said McNeil.
Engagement doesn’t end at phone calls and surveys. Corvias offers a robust resident relations program that includes hosting free resident appreciation events throughout the year. This year, Corvias has beefed-up their schedule of activities to include some of the same great annual events–Spring into Fun, Movie Night, Fallapalooza and ‘Tis the Season—in addition to smaller community-based events like Freeze Pop and Popcorn Fridays, monthly Story Hour, ice cream socials, Yard of the Month and a monthly Resident Spotlight drawing. Resident activities are one of the ways for Corvias team members to spend time with and show appreciation to families living on post. Corvias encourages all residents to check the calendar online for dates and times for upcoming events.
Corvias is grateful for the opportunity to serve Fort Sill families year after year and sincerely appreciates the sacrifices military members and their families make in service to our country.
For more information or questions about Corvias plans or the housing program, residents can may contact their community office or visit the Corvias website at http://sill.corviasmilitaryliving.com/.
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Our goal is to maintain the highest quality living environment for our residents. To help achieve this goal, it is important to work together to minimize moisture and provide routine up keep to your home. Residents can help in this effort by taking the following actions:
- In damp or rainy weather conditions, keep windows and doors closed. If water does enter your home as a result of inclement weather, remove it immediately or contact your community office for the water to be extracted.
- Ensure proper ventilation in your home by opening a window or circulating air throughout the home with your air ventilation system.
- Clean and dust your home on a regular basis as required by the Resident Responsibility Guide. Regular vacuuming, mopping, and use of environmentally safe household cleaners are important to remove household dirt and debris and minimize the potential for mold growth in your home.
- Use the bathroom fan or alternative ventilation when bathing or showering and allow the fan to run until all excess moisture has vented from the bathroom.
- Use the exhaust fans in your kitchen when cooking or while the dishwasher is running, and allow the fan to run until all excess moisture has vented from the kitchen.
- Do not allow damp or moist stacks of clothes or other cloth materials to lie in piles for an extended period of time.
- On a regular basis, wipe down and dry areas where moisture sometimes accumulates, such as countertops, windows and windowsills.
If there is any evidence of a water leak or excessive moisture in your home, please contact your community office to submit a service request.
The garbage disposal is one of the systems in your home that gets a lot of wear and tear. Following the tips below will keep your disposal grinding away.
- Keep the drain covered when the disposal unit is not in use.
- Do not dispose of items such as bones, corncobs, hairpins, glass, string, tacks, etc. Doing so may result in a clogged drain or jammed disposal.
- Grind food waste with strong flow of cold water.
- Flush the disposal for self-cleaning by running a few minutes after grinding waste or draining dishwasher.
- Do not use lye or other chemicals for cleaning.
- Do not turn off water the while grinding.
- Do not grind fibrous food waste, i.e., cornhusks, pea pods, lettuce, celery, artichoke leaves, chicken skin.
- To sharpen the blades of your disposal use ice cubes. Drop a handful of ice cubes into the disposal and grind with a strong flow of cold water.
- To give your kitchen a fresh scent grind some slices of lemon or orange in the disposal.
Please click here for additional information from American Water Enterprise (AWE) on household grease and debris disposal.
When disposal does not operate take the following steps:
- Step 1: Turn off switch and water, and allow garbage disposal unit to cool.
- Step 2: Push reset button located on bottom or side until a click is heard.
- Step 3: Turn on switch and water.
- Step 4: If garbage disposal is still operational, call the Community Management Office to report a work order.
Where did the summer go? The first day of school is just around the corner. The beginning of the school year can be overwhelming. With a little preparation, you and your family will be ready to begin the new academic year. No one can be fully prepared for the year ahead, but these tips might make it a little easier:
Obtain school information
Most schools websites provide information about policies, teacher links, homework and grading, lunch menus and the year’s calendar. If not, use the old-fashioned method and call. School personnel report to work weeks before classes start, so be proactive.
Check-Ups and Immunizations
Review your child’s immunization record to ensure it is up-to-date. It’s also a great time to have your child’s physical, eye and dental exams completed before school starts. Remember, students will need a sports physical or signed release form to participate in sport activities. Visit Tricare for more information.
The cost of clothes, shoes and supplies doesn’t have to bust your budget. Most school websites have supply lists posted. Before going shopping, take a complete assessment of what you have and what you really need. During the month of August, some states offer a “sales tax holiday,” which means that certain products will not be taxed during a set period of time. Get the most “bang” for your buck; check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays.
Get back into a routine
Two to three weeks before classes start, have your child go to bed earlier and get up earlier. Increase the time increments every few days and your child will be less resistant to the early morning wake-up calls for school. In addition, have your child lay out clothing the night before. It teaches organization and saves time.
Establishing a homework routine and providing a quiet, well-lit place to complete assignments is important for children. Tutor.com can help too, with tutoring sessions available to children in grades 1-12.
Safety and Bullying.
Create a plan in case of an emergency. Practice a safety word or code with younger children. Talk to your child about bullying and how to stay safe at school.
Have a great school year!
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
- Aug. 7: Friday Night Special Opening at Grierson Child Development Center; for information contact Karrie Garr at (580) 558-4301.
- Aug. 10: Culture Connection & Hearts Apart Event; 12:30-2 p.m.; to register contact Natira McGee at (580) 442-4916/3095
- Aug. 11- Lawton/Fort Sill 2015-2016 school year begins
- Aug.14- Pop over to See Us-Popcorn Friday. Enjoy free popcorn at your community center all day.
- Aug. 22: 2015 Lawton-Fort Sill Softball Tournament; 11 a.m.; Fort Sill Cannoneer Softball Complex
- Aug. 28- Corvias Movie Night; 7:30 p.m.
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