Honeywell has started to work on the next phase of a modernization project with Fort Benning, a U.S. Army post located on the border of Alabama and Georgia, to improve energy resilience and create a more comfortable living and working environment for Fort Benning soldiers, employees and tenants.
The $23 million projects will help significantly reduce energy consumption on the base and generate $1.4 million in annual energy savings.
“The Maneuver Center of Excellence’s commitment to modernization is key as we look towards future operations,” said Patrick J. Donahoe, Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence. “By partnering with industry leaders, we can multiply our return on investment and continue to lead the world in readiness and quality of life. Realigning our energy usage to renewable and sustainable sources means we can focus on our mission of training the maneuver force and providing U.S. Army units with soldiers and leaders prepared to fight and win.”
“We regularly look for ways to achieve an increase in resiliency within the base, and one of the first steps in doing that is reducing energy use and lowering operating costs,” said Garrison Commander Colonel Alexis Rivera, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning. “The work we are implementing with our partners will not only improve operational efficiency but will directly impact our soldiers’ experiences on base. These upgrades will allow for immediate improvements to the comfort and productivity of the soldiers and civilians who work on base, as well as long-term benefits such as an increase in energy efficiency.”
“The upgrades Fort Benning and Honeywell are implementing will continue to help reduce the base’s overall energy consumption and help it to better reach its resiliency goals,” said Jose Simon, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Building Technologies’ Projects business unit. “The updates will provide the Fort Benning team with access to a cache of data which can be leveraged to improve site maintenance and insight into equipment performance, increase risk mitigation and provide improvements that impact the well-being and safety of those living on and visiting the base.”
The energy and operational savings achieved by the new measures are guaranteed by Honeywell and will self-fund the project, eliminating the need for up-front capital investment.
This project phase includes more than 300 buildings, covering approximately 11.2 million square feet of Fort Benning’s total 26 million square feet of floorage.
The project represents the next phase of a 25-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awarded to Honeywell in 2019 by Fort Benning, with a total project value of $43 million. Fort Benning is host to more than 100,000 U.S. Army members, trainees, dependents, retirees and federal civilian employees.