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Fort McCoy pursues PPV agreement 
to build MWR facilities

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."

Daryl Budda,
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 approval.

      "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 and approval.

      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 http://www.mwr-private_ventures.com or 


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