Firms Named to Plan Fort Belvoir Growth

The Army has announced that it has selected two firms to oversee the complex task of preparing Fort Belvoir for the arrival of 21,000 military and civilian personnel and contractors under the Base Realignment and Closure recommendations made last year.

p>Planning the realignment under the name of "Belvoir New Vision Planners" will be the engineering firm Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan and the architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Their contract for the work is not to exceed $69 million, officials said.

Under the BRAC recommendations announced last year, Belvoir would gain about 5,000 military personnel and 16,000 civilian employees and contract personnel between 2009 and 2011.

High among the planning team's tasks will be helping the Army decide where to place units at Fort Belvoir. The team will also try to determine how many of the transferred personnel would be moving their homes and families closer to the area. Fairfax County officials are eager to learn how many new residents and schoolchildren it would absorb.

By  |  February 21, 2006; 11:05 AM ET  | Category:  Development, Growth , Housing , Neighborhoods , Schools
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