Corvias Military Living, a premier builder and manager of U.S. military housing, today announced it has been awarded a 2014 Merit Award of Excellence from the Kansas Preservation Alliance (KPA) for its renovation of historic homes on Fort Riley.
Each year, the KPA honors the efforts of individuals and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to preserving Kansas’ historic places. Through its partnership with the U.S. Army designed to provide improvements to military living accommodations, Corvias has completed enhancements to 246 homes located on Fort Riley’s Historic Main Post. Historic Main Post is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with homes originating from the fort’s establishment in the 1850s to residences built through the federal government’s New Deal programs in the 1930s. To be labeled as historic, a home must be older than 45 years and associated with events that made a significant contribution to history. The home should also retain much of its original integrity, having not been heavily modified.
Corvias began the renovation project in 2007 with an objective to provide much-needed interior and exterior maintenance and upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems of the homes. In addition, Corvias was able to furnish amenities required for modern living. Typical upgrades include the installation of new storm windows and efficient HVAC systems, new fixtures and finishes, new wiring for data and cable and improvements to bedrooms and bathrooms such as creating a master-suite with spacious walk-in closets. Another improvement well-received by Fort Riley families was moving the laundry facilities out of the basements and onto the first or second floors. Corvias worked closely with the Fort Riley Cultural Resources Office and Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) throughout the project to ensure the historic integrity of each home was maintained.
Corvias Military Living manages and maintains more than 1,000 of the Army’s historic homes including homes at Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Meade, Md. and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. To date, Corvias has built 1,757new homes, renovated 1,315 existing homes and constructed four community centers across Fort Riley. Corvias will continue new home construction, demolition and renovations at Fort Riley through July 2016.