By Elizabeth P. Daily, Vice President, NAI Michael
The deadline of September 2011 for occupancy continues to pressure the construction teams to finish work on all military bases. The biggest occupancy move is expected at Fort Meade with about 20,000 new jobs on Base and space needs near the Base as well for contractors. Andrews is expecting 2,800 with new office buildings and improvements on the runways.
Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland has eight new labs underway and construction improvements to the Base such as improved gates. Aberdeen has new office space underway in partnership with St. John Properties. These buildings are leasing up prior to construction since this Base had no excess office space in place. Major contractors are taking large amounts of space near these Bases since they recognize the shortage of existing inventories in the state, unlike Virginia where there is excess space waiting for occupancy.
Government contractors need to recognize that their needs will be met if they push forward the time lines for decisions – time is critical.