By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
In a time when nonappropriated funds (NAF) for Morale, Welfare
and Recreation (MWR) funding for projects are decreasing, the
requirements for MWR projects have been increasing because of
mobilization, etc., said Daryl Budda. Budda is the acting director for
the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DHR/DFMWR).
As a result, Fort McCoy, as well as other installations, are
turning to the Public-Private Venture (PPV) program to help procure
projects needed to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers at their
installations, Budda said.
The PPV is a formal agreement between the Army NAF
Instrumentalities and a private industry entity, Budda said. The
agreement allows a private entity to provide goods, services or
facilities to authorized MWR patrons. The private entity finances,
designs, constructs, operates and maintains the facilities.
Budda said the first opportunity the installation had to pursue
the PPV program was to seek a private contractor to build a
recreational lodging facility with up to 100 guest rooms. Other
amenities in the proposed project include a game arcade, gift shop,
meeting rooms, and an indoor pool.
"The more organized and committed the Army is to a project,
the more confidence the developer will have in spending time
developing a proposal."
Acting Director, Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate
of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Other projects the installation is pursuing are a self-storage
facility and a family activity center, which could include a go-cart
track, batting cages and miniature golf, an indoor ice-skating rink,
indoor paintball, laser tag, and a ropes course.
The PPV program looks to the private sector to determine the
commercial potential of each project, Budda said. Subsequently, the
developer chosen for a specific project is expected to conduct an
independent market analysis necessary to assess and determine the
commercial potential for that project and secure private financing.
To take advantage of this program to meet its needs, Budda said
the Fort McCoy garrison has created an integrated team to ensure the
development of the PPV is accomplished in a timely manner.
"The more organized and committed the Army is to a
project, the more confidence the developer will have in spending time
developing a proposal," Budda said. "A well-informed team
will avoid needless delays in the process."
The DHR/DFMWR is responsible for administrative oversight of a
PPV project at the installation level. Budda said this includes
initiating, reviewing, coordinating and compiling data necessary for
submitting a PPV.
The other players involved are the Directorate of Public Works
(DPW) and the Installation Legal Office (ILO).
The DPW is involved in the site selection, report of
availability preparation and design review, environmental review and
"The DPW has a major role in ensuring the success of a
PPV," Budda said. "In those cases where DPW was a team
player, fewer problems were encountered during construction."
At Fort McCoy, the key DPW organizations are the Master
Planning Division and the Environmental Division.
The DPW is responsible for the Fort McCoy Master Plan that
contains the overall development plans for the base including the
related project site selection, design review, environmental review
Robert Wells, DPW Master Planning Division Plans Branch, said
the DPW service contactor, VT Griffin, prepares a Report of
Availability for approval by the DPW as the method for requesting that
a land lease with the terms and conditions of use be established by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a PPV project.
"The land lease gives the property developer, to be
selected by the government following review of competitive proposals,
the basis to seek bank financing and apply funds to build and operate
the new facilities at Fort McCoy," Wells said.
The DPW Master Planning Division Plans Branch will be involved
in all future PPV projects, as well, he said.
Al Balliett, chief of the DPW Environmental Division, said his
organization ensures that all environmental regulations are met and
the proper environmental documentation is developed or obtained.
Harry Hughes, ILO staff attorney, said the ILO is required to
review the PPV documentation to ensure everything meets legal
standards. PPV documentation includes the request for proposal, the
business plan, the contract, the lease, the report of availability and
the environmental assessment.
The process also includes getting support from the local
mayors, chambers of commerce, and congressional delegate support.
For more information about the PPV process, visit the Web sites