The Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, AZ, is the United States Army's lead facility for hot weather testing. More than 1,300 square miles in size, it is one of the largest military installations in the world. Due to its extreme hot weather conditions, the site is an ideal testing location for General Motors (GM).
GM has located its newest hot weather test facility at the Yuma Proving Ground. The arrangement was made possible through the execution of an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) between the Army and GM. Keenan Development led the negotiation and development of the EUL, as well as the design and construction of what has become GM's premier hot weather test facility. The GM EUL is regarded as "the quintessential" EUL as it is the Army's first totally shared-use EUL. The 2,400-acre site includes:
- 3.5 mile circular test track
- 1.4 mile straightaway
- Vehicle dynamics test pad
- Engineered ride road
- Other test tracks and support facilities
Time was of the essence for GM. The facility required completing by spring 2009 and ready for vehicle testing shortly thereafter. Keenan Development's experience and discipline in successfully executing EUL projects led to adding this project to its remarkable portfolio of on-time, within budget completed projects.