Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes recently was honored with two national awards during the Professional Housing Management Association’s annual professional development seminar last month in New Orleans.
The Professional Housing Management Association has named Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes the 2010 Privatized Housing Installation Team of the Year for the U.S. Army. This is the first time since the project’s 2005 inception that it has been honored by the PHMA.
“We are thrilled to be honored with such a distinction by the PHMA,” said Joseph E. McLaughlin, project director. “Our housing team, including everyone from our maintenance technicians on through senior management, takes a tremendous amount of pride in their work.”
This military service award recognizes a housing team whose collective actions enhanced the living experience of military members through various significant accomplishments, including robust resident services programs; emphasis on resident feedback through annual and point-of-service surveys; community integration and support; innovation and marketing; partnerships; and operational efficiency.
The mission of PHMA is to contribute towards better quality housing for military members and their Families by continuously raising the level of proficiency and professionalism within the military services' housing profession through improved communications and networking; education and training; certification; and professional recognition.
While attending the seminar, project staff members also accepted the 2010 Top Residential Communities Initiative Project Award by the Army’s Installation Management Command. This was the first time the Army has honored an installation with this award.
“It speaks volumes about the partnership created here at Fort Drum that the efforts of all involved are being recognized by RCI,” said William L. Bamann, Housing Division chief / RCI program manager for Public Works. “We all work towards a common goal of taking care of Soldiers and Families, and that teamwork continues to pay off and create a successful project.”
RCI is dedicated to solving the Army's Family housing problems, and is committed and on track to making Army installations safe, attractive and modern places for Soldiers and their Families to live. The RCI program consists of 44 installations (combined into 34 projects) with more than 85,000 homes, amounting to 98 percent of Army's Family housing inventory in the U.S.
Over the past year, the Installation Housing Team at Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes has reached many milestones. The project opened the Timbers Lodge, a state-of-the-art facility built specifically for Timbers residents.
In August, the team was awarded the Privatized Housing Project of the Year Award by the Association of Defense Communities.
On Jan. 22, the project reached a full two years of incident- and injury-free work.