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Dormitory 781, new home for Airmen

Published Feb. 7, 2017
Col. Paul Murray, 99th Air Base Wing commander, Nellis Air Force Base speaks to future residents of Dormitory 781 Feb. 3. Murray cut the ribbon officially opening the 85,250-square-foot facility. The complex features an energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that allows for each room to have individual temperature control.

Col. Paul Murray, 99th Air Base Wing commander, Nellis Air Force Base speaks to future residents of Dormitory 781 Feb. 3. Murray cut the ribbon officially opening the 85,250-square-foot facility. The complex features an energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that allows for each room to have individual temperature control.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Col. Paul Murray, 99th Air Base Wing commander, cut the ribbon to welcome future residents of Dormitory 781 on Feb. 3. The 99th ABW provides installation support to more than 10,000 personnel assigned to Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the Nevada Test and Training Range. 

The Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $30.4 million contract for the three-story, 240-room dormitory in fiscal year 2014. 

"At more than 85,000-square-feet, the complex has 60 quads," said Pete Pupparo, resident engineer for the District’s Nellis Resident Office. "Each is a four-bedroom and four-bathroom unit, with a shared kitchen, laundry and dining area." 

The new facility features an energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that allows for each room to have individual temperature control and also includes recreational areas, landscaping and parking. 

"It is designed with efficiencies that meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver rating," said Michael Kozlowski, construction representative. 

LEED Silver is the Green Building Council's rating that mandates that the project feature reduced water usage, energy savings, and a low-impact building process and construction methods. 

"I'm proud of the relationship the Corps has with the Nellis Housing Management Office and the contractor, MACNAK-Korte Team LLC," said  Pupparo.  "We built a quality, on-schedule, on-budget project for the Airmen." 

Part of the contract is the removal of two outdated dorms. 

"It replaces Dormitories 727 and 729, which were constructed in 1976," said Jake Narciso, project engineer. "Although they are still in ‘fair’ condition – they no longer meet most of the current Air Force standards, i.e. quality of life, room size and configuration requirements. They will be demolished as part of the project."