WinnCompanies offers $1,000+ Scholarships to Residents
WinnCompanies, the firm providing the property management and maintenance services here at Tierra Vista, is celebrating four decades in business by offering an amazing scholarship opportunity to residents! “…In an effort to enhance the lives of all that we serve, high school seniors, high school graduates and GED graduates living in communities managed by WinnCompanies or its affiliates are invited by the Board of Directors of WinnCompanies to apply for scholarship grants for the 2013–2014 academic year, to be awarded in May 2013,” wrote Gilbert Winn, Managing Principal of WinnCompanies.
WinnCompanies’ WinningEdge Scholarship Program invites distinguished residents who are pursuing some form of higher education, in community college, college, university or trade/professional school to apply for scholarship grants starting at $1,000! To find out if you or a member of your family are eligible for a Winning Edge Scholarship, CLICK HERE and download the full application packet and details. All completed applications must be submitted to the Community Management Office no later than April 12, 2013 for consideration, so don’t delay!
Application Submission Location:
Community Management Office
650 McChord Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
TEL: (719) 597-7200
FAX: (719) 380-8956
Snow's Coming: What You Should Know
Residents, with snow on its way and surely with us for the next few months, please know that there is a plan in place to ensure roads are maintained:
- Roads Will Be Cleared Of Snow, By Priority
- Roads will be cleared as needed 24 hours around the clock
- Snow will be removed with priority #1 being first and priority #5 being last (see map or download it as a pdf here)
Key & Essential, Designated and Chief Homes
- ½” or more of snow
- Common sidewalk
- Bus stops
- Priorities 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
- Remove snow from specified driveways and sidewalks from 0600-2100
- Continue on these priorities until less than ½” of accumulation
All Other Housing Areas
- When the community is nearing 4” of snow accumulation, there will be 3 measurements throughout the community ( Perrin, Otis and Langley St) a decision will then be made jointly by Embassy Supervisor and PM Management on snow removal for non-designated home driveways.
- If average snow fall based on measurements is greater than 4 inches accumulated then non-designated driveways will be plowed.
- If average snow fall based on measurements is less than 4 inches accumulated then non-designated driveways will not be plowed and snow removal will be the responsibility of the resident.
Tierra Vista Offers Residents Winter Energy Efficiency Guidance
Tierra Vista Peterson AFB residents can greatly affect their energy consumption in the home by taking a few easy steps. Click here for our energy savings tips for your home.
All Military Branches Now Eligible
for Homes at Tierra Vista Peterson AFB
Colorado Springs, CO – Sept. 17, 2012 -- All active duty Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force families who live in the Colorado Springs area regardless of base of assignment can join Air Force families living in privatized communities at Tierra Vista – Peterson AFB, effective immediately. “This is the first time that we have opened our entire community to all active duty military not assigned or attached to Peterson AFB,” said Kerri Kilgore, director of property management at Tierra Vista. “In Colorado Springs, we know there are many Army families, in particular, who would find living in our communities a convenient, safe and enjoyable way to spend their assignment here.
“We recently opened many new homes, with state-of-the-art amenities, and will soon open our brand new community center,” she added. “This is really an opportunity for us to reach out to other Military Families here and offer them the very best in modern, sustainable homes, with many resident events that are both fun and exciting for the entire family.”
A new community center, scheduled to be opened in the next few months, will serve exclusively Tierra Vista families. The center will feature a fitness center, splash park, full-service kitchen and Wi-Fi lounge, community outdoor playgrounds, dog and skateboard parks, and more.
“Over the last couple of years, we have noticed an increasing interest in our homes from other members of the military,” said Bud Coleman, community manager at Tierra Vista Peterson AFB. “It was tough to see Military Families who do so much for us every day, not be able to live in our community due to their base of assignment. This new opportunity now gives us the opportunity to welcome any families of active duty Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard along with Airmen.”
Coleman added that while there is no end-date for the opportunity for other Military Service members to live on Peterson AFB, the offer could change in the future. “That is why it is so important for all members of our Colorado Springs military community to know that we are here, we have some of the most modern and spacious homes available and we eagerly want them to join us, live in our neighborhoods and enjoy our quality of life.”
Tierra Vista’s project director, Pete Sims, noted that “Serving all military families assigned to the Colorado Springs area is something we are proud of. Our company has communities at bases and posts throughout our nation. We have not always had the chance to serve all branches at one site, so this is a special time for us. Our property management partner, Winn Housing Services, works with us on all of our sites and they know that each branch of service has special needs -- from immediate deployment schedules to special training that requires sometimes lengthy family separations. At Tierra Vista, we have programs specifically designed to support these families.”
Residents at Tierra Vista also enjoy free 24-hour emergency maintenance, no security deposit, basic renters insurance included, free trash collection, free lawn care, and many programs and events in a safe and gated community, year-round. Homes throughout the community will also receive new solar power systems designed to add to the modern and sustainable features of the community.
“At minimum, we want people to give us a look and see how we compare to their last place of assignment, their community or other communities in Colorado Springs,” said Kilgore. “Our homes, events and services offer a first-class living experience that is really, second to none.”
For more information about Tierra Vista Peterson AFB or to arrange an appointment to visit homes, call 719.597.7200.
SolarCity, Lend Lease Announce
Next Phase in SolarStrong Project for Sustainable Electricity Production
Military Communities in California, Colorado to Receive Cleaner Energy; SolarCity Launches Veterans Hiring Initiative
July 17, 2012 -- Lend Lease and SolarCity® have announced the next project within SolarStrong, SolarCity’s ambitious plan to provide solar electricity for up to 120,000 U.S. military homes. The two companies are collaborating to provide renewable solar energy to more than 850 military residences at Lend Lease-managed Air Force communities in California and Colorado Springs -- Tierra Vista at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, and Peterson AFB and Schriever AFB, both in Colorado Springs.
This project furthers Lend Lease’s commitment towards building and maintaining state-of-the-art sustainable communities for U.S. military families. With a focus on identifying innovative sustainable solutions, Lend Lease projects also include the two largest solar communities in the country at Soaring Heights Communities (Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ) and Island Palms Communities (Army Housing, Oahu, HI) , the largest solar thermal project in the nation at Camp Lejeune, NC as well as the only Zero Energy homes on a military installation at Fort Campbell, KY.
For the Tierra Vista project, SolarCity will engineer, install and maintain the solar systems at all three Air Force Base (AFB) locations. The program is expected to generate more than 6.4 million kilowatt hours per year of clean, renewable energy from more than 18,000 solar panels. These panels are expected to offset between 30-60 percent of the electricity typically used in each community. The systems will also help reduce strain on the electricity grid during hot summer months when energy demand is often at its highest, and when communities are at risk of blackouts.
“This latest project allows us to continue raising the bar when it comes to modern, sustainable solutions for our residents,” said Simon Muir, Vice President, Director of Solar Services, Lend Lease. “We are committed to finding ways to meet the energy challenges of our lifetime and helping the Defense Department, currently the largest energy consumer in the United States, meet its goal of having 25 percent of its overall energy consumption derived from clean, renewable sources by 2025. This is another big step toward that direction.”
“The United States military is aggressively pursuing reductions in its fossil fuel energy use—SolarStrong gives privatized military housing communities an affordable way to use solar electricity,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “With its decades of experience developing sustainable communities around the world, Lend Lease continues to be a more than capable partner in this effort.”
“Project SolarStrong is good business that builds lasting benefits in local communities across the country,” said Jonathan Plowe, head of New Energy & Infrastructure Solutions at BofA Merrill Lynch, one of the financiers of these projects. “We’re proud to be helping SolarCity, Lend Lease and the United States military reduce reliance on fossil fuels, promote a healthier environment and create good jobs for Americans, including many for veterans and military families.”
Military families, whose homes are about to receive the new solar panels, are expressing enthusiasm for the project. “We are excited to see that Tierra Vista is looking to the future by stepping up with green initiatives,” said Raquel Taylor, a resident in Tierra Vista Los Angeles AFB’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. “I can’t wait to see how this solar project will benefit our community.”
Lend Lease and SolarCity have also carried out large-scale solar projects at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In addition to Project SolarStrong, SolarCity this year has devoted resources to a veterans hiring initiative to support veterans looking to join the workforce. The company currently employs more than 75 veterans in various positions within the company, including IT, sales, managerial, administration, design and installation. SolarCity participates in and holds job fairs for veterans and has collaborated on hiring processes by partnering with several veteran programs across the country – Veteran Affairs national offices, Bank of America’s military recruiting efforts, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s ‘100,000 Jobs Mission,’ Swords to Plowshares, The California National Guard, The California Conservation Corps, and Veterans Green Jobs.
ANNOUNCEMENT: STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
Stage II (two) fire restrictions are currently in effect for the unincorporated areas of El Paso County (includes Peterson AFB and privatized housing area), City of Colorado Springs and Pueblo. We will advertise when the burn restriction is reduced to Stage I. If you have any questions, you may contact the El Paso County Fire Marshal’s Office at (719) 575-8400.
Burning during Stage II Fire Restrictions
The following activities are PROHIBITED during Stage II Restrictions:
Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires, CHARCOAL GRILLS and outdoor wood burning stoves. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.
The use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame.
The use or sale of fireworks of all kinds.
Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
Violations of Stage II Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $1000.00.
Burning during Stage I Fire Restrictions
The following activities are prohibited during Stage I Restrictions:
Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires (except in permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds), charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves (except at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials), the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.
The use of sale of fireworks of all kinds.
Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
Violations of Stage I Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $600.00.
Air Force Families at Peterson AFB Getting More Homes, More Community Enhancements and Amenities
Some New Residents to Receive $250 Lease-Signing Bonus
Tierra Vista at Peterson AFB is looking for Air Force families, E-1 to 0-6, interested in living in one of the Air Force’s most modern and sustainable communities. More new homes continue to open in July; a new community center opens its doors this fall, complete with fitness and meeting rooms for residents; and a friendly, high quality community awaits with amenities and conveniences not found elsewhere.
“When people see our homes and take into account the many quality of life attributes that come with living here, they tell us they wish they had known about us sooner,” said Kerri Kilgore, Tierra Vista Director of Property Management. Tierra Vista is now offering Air Force families who move from off base $250 for signing a lease (offer that runs through August). “What we are doing this summer and throughout the fall is telling the good news about our communities and availability of many new homes so that our Air Force families can make the best possible decisions of where to call home.”
Residents at Tierra Vista can count on being able to have two pets, outdoor playgrounds, parks and pavilions, a skate park, basketball and tennis courts, walking and running trails, and more – all located near schools and shopping. No deposits on rent or utilities are required at Tierra Vista. “It’s exciting to hear the responses from people when we tell them about the new community center opening this fall along with its fitness center, splash park, full-service kitchen, Wi-Fi lounge, and multipurpose rooms,” added Kilgore. “It’s just one of those opportunities people have, to get into our homes now; being at the right place at the right time.”
Residents at Tierra Vista also enjoy free 24-hour emergency maintenance, free trash collection, free lawn care, and many programs and events for residents, year-round. Those are only some of the reasons why Tierra Vista is stepping up its outreach to Airmen and their families interested in spacious homes with “gated community” appeal – without the long commute. Homes throughout the community will also receive new solar power systems designed to add to the modern and sustainable features of the community.
“We want people to check us out, talk with our staff or visit our community,” added Kilgore. “Being assigned to Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs can be the highlight of long Air Force career. Our modern homes and new community amenities will, hopefully, add to that positive memory of being here.”
For more information about Tierra Vista Peterson AFB or to arrange an appointment to visit homes, call 719.597.7200. More information about Tierra Vista can be found at www.Tierra-Vista.com.
Community Bulletin Board
Great News! We just installed a large bulletin board at our Community Management Office for residents to put up listings for services and For Sale items. Items and services can be listed on a card or listing sheet no larger than 3”x5”. Listings must be dropped off at our office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
To ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to post their information, residents postings will be switched out every 30 days or at the request of the resident.
For more information, please call (719) 597-7200.
Tri-Group Donates Proceeds From Charity Golf Tournament
Charity arrived Nov. 18 in the form of a $7,161.69 check presented to Operation Warm Heart, which supports Air Force families, thanks to a group of subcontractors and players who took part in the Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The event was organized by Lend Lease’s Project Management and Construction office at the base, which is home to Tierra Vista, a Lend Lease community.
The tournament took place at the Silver Spruce Golf Course, also on the base. The donated funds were made possible through the generous contributions of several subcontractors (including Positive Electric, Waste Management, and Rabold Construction, to name a few) and from those participating.
“We’re proud to help out such a great organization on this base,” said Jeremy Bayens, Construction Manager at Lend Lease’s Peterson AFB office. “It supports not only the families that live here but also the families of everyone who works on Peterson.”
Operation Warm Heart was established for the purpose of receiving charitable funds to be dispersed for the morale and welfare of needy Peterson AFB military members and civilian employees and their families without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, ethnic group, or gender. Disbursements are made during emergencies or contingencies for which assistance cannot readily be obtained from other charitable agencies.