Quality-of-life project

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE When military members are in transition on and off Minot Air Force, they and their families likely will stay in the temporary lodging facility.

A major quality-of-life project for Minot Air Force Base is to replace the existing facility with a new temporary lodging facility, said Lt. Col. Doug Gilpin, commander of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron at the Minot base.

The existing facility was built quite a few years ago.

“It is 100 percent designed,” Gilpin said of the new facility. “This is a project being done by the Air Force Services Agency with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is soon to go out on the street for bids.” He said the project is expected to be awarded this year.

Gilpin spoke about base construction to members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee at its Jan. 9 meeting in the Jimmy Doolittle Center at the base.

The temporary lodging facility will be a two-story structure with 30 two-bedroom units and two two-bedroom, handicap-accessible units. The cost is to be determined.

The new facility will be built in the base’s lodging area across from the Shoppette.

“This will be a great

feature and a great improvement for Minot Air Force Base,” Gilpin said.

This past year the construction of a 168-room dormitory for single airmen was completed. An approximately $18 million project, it is the fourth of four new dormitories built at the base in recent years.

Gilpin said about 1,000 unaccompanied airmen live in base dormitories.

As part of a project that continued for several years, Minot AFB family housing was replaced.

Last August, the base family housing officially became privatized. Balfour Beatty Communities now owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing it.

A number of mission-related projects for the base are in-construction or in-design phases.