Fort Detrick
Central Utility Plant – Phase I
Frederick, Maryland
 
 
Project Type
 
 
Cost/Financing
 
 
 
 
Size
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States military installation
 
Approximately $130 million Alternative financing Enhanced Use Lease
 
10 acres
 
 
    Fort Detrick
Central Utility Plant – Phase I
Frederick, Maryland
The Fort Detrick project, with a build-out cost of $130 million, is a first-of-its-kind, Army-sponsored, Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) central utility plant. Alternative financing within an EUL structure was an essential element of the development.
 

Fort Detrick, located near Washington, D.C., is key to the public health of our nation. Researchers develop vaccines for a variety of diseases such as HIV, cancer and other diseases, and provide essential back-up communication systems for different government agencies, most recently used to support hurricane recovery operations in the United States.

Under the auspices of its Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) authority, the Army and Fort Detrick selected Keenan Development to market, finance, develop, manage, and operate a Central Utility Plant (CUP) on the installation. The CUP produces steam, chilled water, and conditioned power to meet the energy requirements of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC), which includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.


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The CUP includes numerous sustainable design features, such as high combustion-efficient boilers, high efficiency chillers and primary pumps as well as use of solar energy.

Keenan Development provided the leadership and insight essential to the project’s successful financial and organizational structure, with such approved by all pertinent federal authorities, including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense.

The project’s success included securing alternative financing, design to support specialized research equipment, other unique challenges of partnering with a number of separate government agencies

 

   
 
 
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