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Genesis Homes Secures Second Phase Contracts to Build Permanent Military Housing at Fort Lewis U.S. Armed Forces Base

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 2, 2007 – Genesis Homes, a member of the Champion family of homebuilders which is the largest nationwide builder of modular homes, in collaboration with Equity Residential and Lincoln Property Company, has been awarded second phase contracts to supply 60 modular buildings at the Fort Lewis U.S. Armed Forces base, Pierce County, Wash.

Genesis previously fulfilled the first phase of “Discovery Village,” supplying 67 buildings that now house over 174 military families in this “on-base” development.  The second phase will house over 150 military families.  All buildings are built off base by Champion Homes of Oregon.

“This project is the largest modular project undertaken thus far and one of the first times that modular construction has been used for permanent military housing.  Drawing upon a successful first phase, we were able to secure Phase 2 contracts,” said Kevin Flaherty, vice president of sales and marketing for Champion’s Genesis Homes. 

At Fort Lewis, Genesis’ modular building process successfully improves the ability to provide updated housing for Army personnel and their families with minimal disruption to the base and neighborhood.  By building the homes off site, Genesis reduces the amount of construction waste at the building site resulting in a cleaner and safer neighborhood environment.  The number of construction workers on base is also reduced, resulting in less congestion and fewer security clearances.   In addition, the buildings go up faster since the only on-site construction work required is the building of garages, and completion of roofing, siding and flooring which in a unique move, Genesis is also handling. 

“The building process has continually improved, especially the timing,” said Boyd Lucas, executive development manager, Equity Residential.  “We’ve been able to employ ‘value engineering,’ and that, combined with Genesis’ excellent delivery timing has helped us achieve faster set-ups of buildings.  We’ll be able to utilize these benefits in future Equity Residential/Genesis applications.” Value engineering is process and product design that maximizes materials and resources to achieve the highest level of value in terms of cost, quality and timing.

Fort Lewis is one of the first four pilot projects for the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) primary privatization program whose primary objective is to eliminate inadequate housing.  In 2002, Equity Residential and its development partner, Lincoln Property Company, signed a 50-year agreement to provide the base with new homes, renovate existing homes, own and manage all housing properties, and improve the overall quality of communities with trails, recreation centers and other features.

This is actually the third contract Genesis has secured.  The first phase contract was awarded in August, 2005.  The second phase was broken into two contracts: a 30-building contract secured by Genesis in May, 2006 and now, another 30-building contract awarded to Genesis, bringing the total of the second phase to 60 buildings.

Genesis modular structures are competitive with off-base housing options.  The structures are built to the same codes that govern site built homes, and the models designed for this project include upgraded features and open living spaces.  Five types of building units are being supplied:  one-story duplexes with three or four bedrooms, two-story duplexes with three or four bedrooms, and two-story triplexes with three bedrooms.  Three-bedroom units average 1,760 square feet and four-bedroom units average 2,100 square feet.

The condition of military housing nationwide is a major quality of life issue for soldiers and their families, and studies have shown that the availability of new or renovated quality homes can contribute to a soldier’s decision to re-enlist.  As a result, the Military Housing Privatization Initiative was enacted as part of the1996 National Defense Act, allowing the military to address its housing needs by using privately financed and built housing constructed to market standards.

About Genesis
Genesis Homes is a member of the Champion family of homebuilders.  Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Champion, a leader in factory-built construction and the nation’s largest builder of modular homes, operates 32 manufacturing facilities in North America and the United Kingdom and partners with over 3,000 independent retailers, builders and developers.  Champion produces manufactured and modular homes through its family of homebuilders, as well as modular buildings for government and commercial applications.  For more information, please visit www.genesishomes.com.

About Equity Residential
Equity Residential, an S & P company, is the largest publicly traded apartment company in America.  Equity Residential (EQR) engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, management, and operation of multifamily properties in the United States.  Nationwide, Equity Residential owns or has investments in 160,000 apartments in 26 states and the District of Columbia.  For more information on Equity Residential, please visit the company’s website at www.equityresidential.com.

About Lincoln Property Company
Since 1965, Dallas, Texas-based Lincoln Property Company has distinguished itself as an innovator in real estate development and management with a presence in more than 200 markets worldwide.  In 2001, Lincoln formed a private-public partnership with the Department of Defense to develop a new approach to military housing.  Lincoln Military Housing, an affiliate of Lincoln Property Company, was created to focus exclusively on meeting the needs of the Armed Services and their constituents.  Today, Lincoln has developed and/or manages over 24,000 military family homes around the nation.

About Fort Lewis                                                                                                                                  
Part of Forces Command, Fort Lewis is the home of I Corps and has been since 1981. It is one of 15 US power projection platforms. The Corps' primary focus is Pacific Rim. As a result, I Corps has a close, ongoing relationship with Pacific Command. The principal Fort Lewis maneuver units are the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and the 3d Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. It is also home to the 593d Corps Support Group, the 555th Engineer Group, the 1st MP Brigade (Provisional), the I Corps NCO Academy, Headquarters, Fourth ROTC Region, the 1st Personnel Support Group, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), 2d Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, and Headquarters, 5th Army (West). Soldiers receive first-rate medical care through Madigan Army Medical Center. Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on Puget Sound, Fort Lewis is adjacent to McChord Air Force Base, scheduled to be the home of the new C-17 transport fleet. Fort Lewis has abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including 115 live fire ranges. Additional training space is available at the Yakima Training Center in eastern Washington, including maneuver areas and additional live fire ranges. Fort Lewis has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The post supports 120,000(+) retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Fort Lewis proper contains 86,000 acres; the Yakima Training Center covers 324,000 acres.

Contact:   Christine Fisher, for Champion
PR director, pushtwentytwo
248-335-9500 x30
cfisher@pushtwentytwo.com

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