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FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA-The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded Orlando-based PBS&J and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP of Chicago a contract not to exceed $60 million to redevelop Fort Belvoir, located in the county. It is the largest redevelopment project by the army–encompassing an additional six million sf to accommodate the arrival of roughly 22,000 military and civilian personnel–under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) enacted last November.

Plans for Ft. Belvoir’s realignment will be focused around the development of a new urban center that includes offices, open spaces and community facilities, as well as infrastructure such as utilities, communications systems, roads and transit opportunities. PBS&J and SOM will be responsible for master planning, design, engineering, and program integration of the base’s realignment. The team and its 16 subconsultants are using the name Belvoir New Vision Planners.

This contract is just the start of what will be a massive realignment not only of the base itself but the nearby region as well, Kevin R. Wayer, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle in Washington, DC, tells GlobeSt.com. “As this master plan gets underway we will see more activity in the Route 1 corridor as well as in Fairfax County.”

This will include such public-private transactions as enhanced use lease deals, he says. Also, housing privatization, as well, is likely to continue to draw new business to the area. “The Ft. Belvoir Housing Privatization transaction, for example, is a $500-million development for just under 3,000 residential units,” Wayer says.

“This is one of the most important projects in Northern Virginia in recent history and offers remarkable opportunities and challenges,” says Ed Feiner, director of SOM’s Washington, DC office.

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