Developing family-friendly neighborhoods has always been our passion.
Corvias was originally created as Picerne Military Housing under the umbrella of Picerne Real Estate Group, a Picerne family business founded in 1925. In 1996, when the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) was instituted by Congress, John Picerne decided to take a chance and form his own privatized military housing company, thus began Picerne Military Housing and now Corvias as we know it. The main goal of the operation was to renovate, build and maintain modern and comfortable homes more efficiently and effectively than with the previous military construction system. With the many years of experience leading up to the creation of Corvias, John took the best ideas from the business and applied them to his plans to build and renovate military housing.
In 2001, Corvias was selected by the Army to privatize family housing on Fort Meade, one of the four coveted pilot posts to test RCI's effectiveness. It took a year to break ground, and a year after that the first families moved into new Fort Meade homes. The huge success with Fort Meade led to a progression of many more posts privatized under Corvias.
In 2003, Corvias assumed on-post housing responsibility for the Army installation with the largest population in the world: Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As huge an undertaking as that was, Corvias has been able to renovate almost 2,000 homes and build nearly 2,000 new homes. In addition to the 11 family communities Corvias oversees, the company also built a new apartment complex for single and unaccompanied officers and senior noncommissioned officers. Seeing an issue that the company could help address, Corvias took on one of the five pilot programs that were approved in 2007 by the RCI for senior, single-soldier housing. For years, these soldiers have either lived in suite-style barracks on-post or had to rent an apartment off-post. Now these soldiers have the benefits of living on post with the luxury of an affordable and comfortable apartment and community atmosphere they want. In February 2009, the first single soldiers moved in, making this endeavor a large success.
Overall, Corvias has proudly assumed the responsibility of on-post family housing totaling seven military installations in the United States: Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Along with Fort Meade and Fort Bragg, the other five Army installations under Corvias management have similar long-term plans for renovation, construction and modernization. Since Corvias assumed responsibility for housing, the company has renovated more than 6,000 homes and built more than 5,000 new houses with more improvements, modernizations and construction underway.
In 2011 the Air Force selected Corvias to privatize the on-base family housing at the six Air Force bases making up the Continental Group — Eielson, Edwards, McConnell, Seymour Johnson and Eglin Air Force bases and Hurlburt Field. Corvias assumed housing responsibility in September 2013 at all six installations.
John Picerne's passion also expands into student housing. With the announcement of Corvias Student Living in June 2012, the new parent company, Corvias Group, was launched. For uniformity proposes, Picerne Military Housing changed its name to Corvias Military Living.
Corvias's success comes from the realization that the number of homes is not important, but exceeding the expectation of service and quality of life for service members and their families is what really matters.