EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif--Officials cut the ribbon Feb. 8 ceremonially opening the newly renovated dormitory 2424 that introduces modern apartment style living for Airmen assigned to the second largest base in the Air Force.
On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District awarded an $8.5 million design-build construction contract to Au Authum Ki Construction of Tempe, Arizona, that called for the building to be reconfigured to the Dorms-4-Airmen model, installation of new fire suppression and alarm systems, and seismic structure upgrades to current codes.
The dormitory was originally constructed in 1958 housed Airmen in a two-man room configuration before undergoing several renovations that added exterior entrances that allowing two rooms to be connected by a shared bathroom. The last renovation was in the mid-90s.
“I live in one of the older dorms and will be moving into this dorm,” said Airman 1st Class Emanuel Barnett, a personnel administrative specialist, 412th Force Support Squadron. “Currently, I have to share a bathroom with a suite mate and we have a community laundry and kitchen area that are pretty old and need renovating. I’m looking forward to moving in.”
In fiscal year 2003, the Air Force established the Dorms-4-Airmen model which allows for three or four Airmen to share a suite with each Airman having a private room and bath with a common living, kitchen and laundry area.
“My favorite feature I’m looking forward to having my own bathroom. I don’t have to share with anyone and that gives me an extra sense of privacy,” Barnett said.
Dormitory 2424 features nineteen suites that will accommodate three Airmen and one suite that will accommodate four Airmen. Energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems allow each room to have individual temperature control. The dormitory includes recreational areas, landscaping and parking.
“This facility meets Air Force and Edwards Air Force Base goals to provide safe and efficient living, durable facilities with low maintenance features and low lifecycle costs,” said Joseph Hunt, a project engineer with the 412th Civil Engineering Group. Airmen are excited to be able to reside in a modern, apartment-like atmosphere and especially appreciate having their own bathrooms.”
Edwards Air Force Base is home to the 412th Test Wing which oversees base day-to-day operations and provides support for over 10,000 military, federal civilian and contract personnel assigned to the Mojave Desert installation. For more than 50 years, the Los Angeles District has provided engineering and construction support to the base.
“My team has enjoyed managing this project, as well as supporting the base’s civil engineer group,” said Chad Allen, resident engineer for the District’s Edwards Resident Office. “In addition to the completion of the dormitory project, we also recently completed a $26 million design-build project for the Air Force’s F-22 relocation which included the renovation of two hangars, and five support and administrative facilities.”