Ceremony marks opening of new state-of-the-art Wiesbaden housing area
June 14, 2012
Thomas Platte, director, Hessian Construction Managment hands the symbolic first key to brand-new Army housing in Wiesbaden's Col. James R. Newman Village housing area to Col. D. Peter Helmlinger, commander of the Europe District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a ceremony in Wiesbaden, Germany, June 14. The key was then presented to the village's first occupants, Sgt. Robert Tickle of USAREUR's 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment and his family (at left) by Col. David Carstens, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden (third from right).
The housing area consists of 326 single family and duplex townhouses designed to meet the needs of Soldiers and families assigned to the Wiesbaden garrison or moving with the ongoing relocation of the U.S. Army Europe headquarters from Heidelberg, Germany. The project began in December 2009 and was completed this month.
The village's housing is designed to exceed German energy standards, using almost 50 percent less primary energy than normally allowable for similar housing. Other sustainable energy solutions in the community include thermal insulation systems, a rainwater retention basin and upgraded water, sewer, electrical, heating and telecommunications infrastructure.
The housing area is named after Col. James R. Newman, the military administrator for the German state of Hesse following World War II, who is credited with helping to rebuild the German government and economy following the war, as well as helping to relax occupation regulations and overseeing the establishment of the first democratic elections.
Read more about the new housing area, its namesake, and other items about USAREUR's transformation, atwww.eur.army.mil/WiesbadenCeremony/default.htm