JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – A new online real estate tool could potentially help Army garrisons identify available space and lease-consolidation opportunities to save on construction costs, attract new missions, and improve the lives of Soldiers and their Families.

The Real Property Space Availability tool is a “Proof of Concept” authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. It received $1.5 million in Congressional funding in Fiscal Year 2021, $3.5 million in Fiscal Year 2022, and additional funding is expected for Fiscal Year 2023.

David Hulka, Installation Geospatial Information and Services Deputy Program Manager for the Deputy Chief of Staff, G9’s Real Property Asset Management Division, said the RPSA tool brings unique value by combining data managed by multiple systems and aligned with the Army’s geospatial data.

“The tool focuses on better space utilization across our installations and garrisons,” Hulka said. “It’s a combination of not just filling empty buildings but balancing out our overcrowded installations.”

The idea for the RPSA tool originated at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, when congressional interest about the garrison’s vacant space in buildings became known, said Kevin Lariscy, a geographer with IMCOM’s Facilities and Logistics Directorate and ePrisms program manager who helped work on the RPSA.

“The Army informed the Congressional delegation that the garrison had these beautiful, big historic buildings that are sitting vacant, and because they’re sitting vacant, they’re getting worse every day because no sustainment, restoration and modernization dollars are being spent,” Lariscy said. “The commander said he wanted to find a way to find new tenants for those structures. That’s when Congress spoke with Headquarters Department of the Army, and it spoke with the Department of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment about developing the tool.”

Andy Napoli, the Assistant for Stationing and BRAC in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, said: “Once developed and operational, the RPSA has tremendous potential to make Army stationing more efficient. It will help the Army avoid military construction costs and consolidate out of its leased space portfolio by identifying where and when space to receive missions is available for use, at a certain price range.”

The RPSA tool utilizes underlying data compiled into the enterprise Proactive Real-Property Interactive Space Management System, or ePRISMS, with a Zillow or Multiple Listing Systems front end-type program. Environmental Systems Research Institute, which supplies the Geographic Information System mapping software, designed the RPSA software and implemented several applications that RPSA rolled out at the end of FY22.