Lendlease Communities Celebrates 20 Years of Serving Military Service Members and Their Families Through the MHPI

  • 9 Nov 2021
Today, Lendlease Communities, one of the nation’s leaders in public/private community development with a focus on creating value through places where communities thrive, celebrates 20 dedicated years of serving military service members and their families. In October 2001, the company officially closed on its first privatized military housing community, Fort Hood Family Housing, located in Killeen, Texas. To commemorate the anniversary, Lendlease Communities is celebrating with its military partners, residents, and employees across its portfolio of 40,000 homes and nearly 13,000 hotel rooms under the tagline “20 years of milestones.” 

Through a series of key achievements in the areas of development, sustainability, and military partnerships, Lendlease Communities has helped pave the way for the entire military housing privatization initiative, and set new standards for both privatized military housing and lodging that will continue to drive the industry forward for decades to come. Here are 20 milestones that Lendlease Communities has accomplished since 2001.
  • 2001: Lendlease Communities was awarded its first Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) privatization projects by the Army (Fort Hood Family Housing)
  • 2005: Lendlease Communities was awarded its first Air Force project (Hickam Communities)
  • 2005: Lendlease Communities financially closed the largest Army privatization project (Island Palm Communities)
  • 2006: Lendlease Communities was the first to offer a Starbucks Cafe on a military installation (Campbell Crossing)
  • 2006 / 2009: Lendlease Communities was the first to provide a handicap-accessible Boundless Playgrounds ® on a military installation
    • 2006: First on a military installation (Campbell Crossing)
    • 2009: First on a Marine Corps Installation (Atlantic Marine Corps Communities)
  • 2007: Lendlease (US) Community Fund was established to support community-driven efforts for Lendlease residents, as well as the communities where Lendlease employees work and live 
  • 2009: Lendlease Communities became the Department of Defense’s exclusive partner for the only lodging privatization program (Privatization of Army Lodging)
  • 2009: Lendlease Communities’ completed development of the first community for single and unaccompanied soldiers at Fort Drum, New York, which is now one of five communities of its type Army-wide (The Timbers) 
  • 2009: Lendlease Communities was the first to develop one of the largest solar-powered communities on a military installation and in the US (Soaring Heights Communities on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base)
  • Since 2009: Lendlease Communities has installed 40+MW of solar across its portfolio
  • 2010: Lendlease Communities was the first to build two Zero Energy Homes, LEED Platinum on a military installation (Campbell Crossing)
  • 2011: Lendlease Communities’ Island Palm Communities Simpson-Wisser neighborhood on Fort Shafter became one of the first in the nation to achieve Certified LEED Neighborhood Development Rating (Island Palm Communities)
  • 2014: Lendlease Communities completed one of the largest LEED Gold neighborhoods on a Marine Corps installation (Atlantic Marine Corps Communities)
  • 2014: Lendlease Communities, as part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, achieved a 20% energy reduction in military housing, five years ahead of target 
  • 2016: Lendlease Communities opened the doors at Candlewood Suites on Redstone Arsenal, the first hotel in the US built with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) (Privatization of Army Lodging)
  • 2018: Lendlease Communities launched its first Resident Advisory Board (RAB) positively affect the quality of life for families enhance customer service by allowing important residential issues to be brought directly to Lendlease (Atlantic Marine Corps Communities)
  • 2019: Lendlease Communities launched Maintenance University to enhance the skill level of maintenance team members and better serve residents 
  • 2020: Lendlease Communities opened the world's largest Candlewood Suites on Fort Gordon, Georgia (Privatization of Army Lodging)
  • 2021: Fort Hood Family Housing received the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) 2021 Excellence Award in the Military Community of the Year category
  • 2001 - Present: Over the past 20 years, nearly 15k homes have received Energy Star certification, with close to one-third of these homes designed with additional green features, including many that were LEED-certified
"Without these 20 milestones and many more achieved by Lendlease Communities over the past 20 years, the military housing sector as a whole would look much different today,” said Carolyn Tregarthen, Managing Director of Lendlease Communities. “Our team has approached each day with a forward-thinking mindset and desire to set high industry standards for the places where our honorable military community lives, works and thrives. The best part is the job doesn’t stop here, and we have a steadfast vision for what we’ll accomplish alongside our tremendous military partners in the future.”

This year, Lendlease Communities, in partnership with the US Army, closed on a monumental $1.1 billion innovative financing structure that will expedite housing and community improvements over the next five years. The $1.1 billion will be used to renovate more than 12,000 existing homes and construct approximately 1,200 new homes across five military communities: Campbell Crossing, Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, Fort Hood Family Housing, Knox Hills, and Island Palm Communities. This is just one example of how Lendlease Communities plans to invest in its communities for the next 30-plus years.

“None of what we have achieved in the past two decades would have been possible without our long and valued military partnerships, military service members and their families who trust us with their homes, and our talented and dedicated employees whose commitment to service is unwavering,” said Phillip Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer of Lendlease Communities. “Easing the burden for our brave military members by creating a sense of community is an honor, and just one way we can give back. We’ll continue to do so responsibly and sustainably, while establishing many more milestones for decades to come.”

To learn more about Lendlease Communities and its 50-year commitment to Department of Defense communities, visit here


For additional information, contact:
Britni Ackrivo 
Tom Reller

About Lendlease
Lendlease is a leading global real estate group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our purpose is to create value through places where communities thrive.

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 9,500 employees internationally. 

Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers.

In the US, Lendlease’s Communities business is one of the nation’s leaders in public/private community development. We manage one of the largest military housing portfolios in the US and are the Army's exclusive partner for lodging. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lendlease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth. Lendlease has worked extensively with the Department of Defense through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program that provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. With over 40,000 residential units, 192 apartments and more than 12,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lendlease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.