selected military base planning & implementation projects

Economic Development conveyances

ingleside economic diversification

Corpus Christi, Texas

The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act identified NSI to be closed by 2010. Once complete, this decision will substantially alter the City and the region’s economic vitality as approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs are projected to be lost. The Ingleside Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) was created to mitigate the local and regional impacts resulting from the Base closing through development of an economic diversification strategy including options for the 155-acre Electromagnetic Reduction (EMR) facility site that the Navy will be vacating.

RKG Associates, Inc. was retained by the LRA to conduct a three-part study that would address the economic shifts due to the Base closure including: an economic diversification study; identify workforce characteristics; and develop a target industry implementation plan that complements local strengths while diversifying the economic base. In addition, a redevelopment plan for the surplus Naval property and a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless submission report were also prepared. The implementation strategy identified specific coordination opportunities between private sector industries and educational institutions to recruit and retain additional basic employment. The redevelopment plan utilized elements of the diversification strategy to provide appropriate options for the future use of the EMR facility, including boat manufacturing and marine-related industrial facility to be segmented into one to three acre lots. RKG was retained following this initial project to develop an Economic Development Conveyance application for the LRA.


roosevelt roads edc

Cieba, Puerto Rico

Capital One Corporate Expansion

RKG Associates served as integral part of a multi-disciplinary team assembled by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to develop an Economic Development Conveyance (EDC) application for a key portion of the former Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads.  This 5,000 acre facility, closed in 2004 by Congress under the BRAC legislation, served as the Navy’s major south Atlantic base of operations.  The EDC, based on an evolving local Reuse Planning process, focused on transitioning the 1,370 acre “core” of the base, including the working port and waterfront areas along with the industrial and commercial components, into a new mixed-use community supporting a world-class destination resort.  RKG led the consulting team’s effort in developing feasible economic and financial forecasts for the redevelopment, and in assisting the Local Development Authority create a viable business and operations plan.


air force research lab edc

Mesa, Arizona

Capital One Corporate Expansion

RKG Associates served as the prime contractor to assist the City of Mesa, Arizona develop an Economic Development Conveyance for the former Air Force Research Lab.  Located within the boundaries of the former Williams Air Force Base (now the Mesa Gateway International Airport and the Arizona State University Polytechnical campus), this unique facility provided certified space in which classified activities could take place.  With ten buildings and 90,000 square feet of space on 6.8 acres, this highly secure enclave served the military and its contractors for many years.  Closed as a result of BRAC 2005, the City sought to continue providing these services through a public-private partnership with government contractors and other military departments, in order to retain high quality jobs both at the facility and in the region.  The EDC application was submitted to the Air Force In early 2013 and transfer is anticipated by the end of the year.

Base expansion plans

joint lewis-mcchord expansion

Tacoma, Washington

Westwood Station

RKG Associates, Inc. was retained as part of a national planning team to analyze the impacts associated with the expansion of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), the largest military installation west of the Mississippi River. JBLM is projected in grow by roughly 35,000 military personnel and their dependents by 2016. In addition, the new Joint Base will see new construction activity in excess of $3.5 billion between 2010 and 2016.

With a regional population of over 1 million people, RKG was responsible for making long range growth projections for the 2010-2030 period and allocating growth to local jurisdictions at the transportation analysis zone (TAZ) level. The location of future housing in relation to increase base employment was critical to managing future transportation congestion and public transit options. RKG conducted housing market research and demographic analysis to understand recent growth trends in a region that has been expanding. Regional planners and developers were consulted on future growth areas and the State of Washington’s Growth Management Act. Working a regional steering committee and a Growth Coordination Committee, RKG’s growth projections are being used to drive service demand assumptions for: (1) education, (2) behavior health, (3) public safety, (4) capital facilities, and (5) regional transportation.


military base expansion impacts

Petersburgh, Virginia

Oceana Naval Air Station

RKG Associates, Inc. was retained by the Crater Planning District Commission to analyze the growth-related impacts associated with the 2005 BRAC decision to make Fort Lee a Sustainment Center of Excellence. The creation of the Center of Excellence will increase the number of military personnel, students, civilian and contractor employees and dependents by thousands between 2009 and 2011. With a regional population of roughly 423,000, this rapid growth could have significant impacts on some of the smaller communities located close to the base. RKG analyzed impacts to regional schools, healthcare, daycare, and housing markets. In addition, Fort Lee’s expansion calls for nearly $2 billion in new military construction to create the Sustainment Center of Excellence Headquarters and Logistics University, the Defense Commissary Agency Headquarters expansion, and Air Force projects for culinary training and transportation management training.

Utilizing a strong regional partnership of Fort Lee and community leaders, RKG prepared annual forecasts to project future demographic and economic impacts associated with Fort Lee’s expansion. The planning process had broad regional participation and support from all impacted communities. Since the plan’s completion RKG has been retained by the client to assist the region in implementing some of the social service related recommendations from the plan.


joint land use study

Wichita, Kansas

downtown development financing

McConnell AFB is part of the greater Wichita metropolitan area, which is home to a number of aircraft manufacturing plants and other aircraft related industries. The City of Wichita, with a population of 334,000, abuts the Base along its northern and western perimeters. The remaining area adjoining the Base includes unincorporated portions of Sedgwick County and the small city of Derby. The portions of these three jurisdictions that adjoin the Base are experiencing increased development pressure that could threaten the long-term viability of McConnell to carry out its mission. RKG Associates, Inc. was retained by the MAPD to conduct a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) that examined existing and future conflicts related to land development, as well as civilian airport operations in the vicinity of McConnell. The geospatial analysis conducted employed GIS technology to examine land development trends, population and economic growth, future development potential, infrastructure planning and flight activities. RKG also evaluated the existing regulatory requirements related to land development and aircraft operations to determine their adequacy for protecting continued operation of the Base. Ultimately, an implementation strategy was recommended by RKG that would revise existing regulations and establish a more institutionalized approach to reviewing development proposals around the Base to insure long-term compatibility with on-going mission activities.

facility reuse plans

navsta newport surplus property redevelopment plan

Newport, Rhode Island

downtown development financing

RKG Associartes, along with VHB and Weston Solutions, Inc. recently completed a Redevelopment Plan and HUD Homeless Submission for approximately 225 acres (contained in five separate sites) of surplus Navy property on Aquidnect Island in Newport County, Rhode Island.  The project was completed for the Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority (AIRPA) which served as the officially recognized Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA).  While most military base redevelopment projects present challenges, this assignment was particularly challenging in that the properties being disposed of by the Navy were in three separate communities and contained environmental (and physical) constraints.  For example two of the sites, Tank Farms One and Two, are approximately 150 acres in size and contain 22 above ground and underground storage tanks built between the 1920’s and 1940’s.  The tanks were used to store fuel oil, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and other petroleum products for the Navy and were decommissioned in the 1970s.  The tanks are constructed of either steel or concrete and are very large – up to 1,000 feet in diameter and up to 22 feet deep with the ability to hold between 1.5 million gallons and 2.5 million gallons of product.  The RKG Team developed a market-based reuse strategy for the Tank Farm sites to develop up to 300,000 square feet of office, light industrial and business condominiums as well as a multi-modal parking facility on 40 acres.  The remaining acreage would remain as open space, or would be developed for light intensity uses, such as a solar (photovoltaic) farm.  The final Redevelopment Plan and HUD Homeless Submission was unanimously approved by AIRPA in 2011.   


nas jrb willow grove

Horsham, Pennsylvania

downtown development financing

RKG Associates recently completed a reuse master plan for a 892-acre site located in Horsham, PA, approximately 2 miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. RKG Associates led a national planning and design team through a 14-month redevelopment planning process. The property, a former Naval Air Station, was recently decommissioned by the Department of Defense and the Township wanted to consider the property’s potential to support a new mixed-use development anchored by a town center development. RKG researched a number of reuse opportunities including residential, office and R&D, hotel/conference center, retail, congregate care community and an aviation museum. The planning process also considered the impacts to local affordable housing and homeless service providers. The final plan included a 70-unit development dedicated to providing homeless housing for high risk individuals and families.


pease air force base

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

downtown development financing

In December 1988 Pease Air Force Base was selected as one of the first military installations in the U.S. identified for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. A consulting team, that included RKG Associates, Inc., was retained by the Pease Redevelopment Commission, a state created agency, to prepare a plan for the eventual redevelopment and management of the site. RKG Associates, Inc., was the consultant responsible for economic, real estate, financial and land use analysis, as well as management of public participation efforts. Among issues addressed by RKG Associates were the regional market potential of almost four million square feet of building space, local housing needs, financing options and strategic marketing initiatives. RKG Associates also assisted the Pease Development Authority (PDA), the state agency created to implement the redevelopment plan, in acquisition negotiations, ongoing refinement of the financing plan for the project, and preparation of the overall marketing strategy for the facility. Since 1992, the PDA has acquired over 3,000 acres at the site from the Air Force. An additional 1,100 acres at the site were transferred to the U.S. Department of the Interior for the creation of the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuse. Since acquisition of the site by the PDA, over $1 billion in public and private money has been invested in establishing a world class business and aviation park resulting in the creation of over 5,000 new jobs, at more than 160 businesses, and the renovation or construction of almost 3.8 million square feet of business and industrial space.

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