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September 23, 2014

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New barracks to replace ‘outdated’ dorms at Nellis Air Force Base

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a $30 million contract for a three-story, 240-room dormitory at Nellis Air Force Base that’s slated to open in late 2016. A rendering is seen above.

Las Vegas airmen are getting some new digs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a $30.4 million contract for a three-story, 240-room dormitory at Nellis Air Force Base in the northeast valley.

The 85,250-square-foot, H-shaped complex will have 60 four-bedroom and four-bathroom units, each with a full kitchen, laundry room and dining area.

The Korte Co., based in St. Louis, and Macnak Construction, of Lakewood, Wash., will build the barracks.

They are slated to break ground early next year and finish in late 2016, said 1st Lt. Michael Christopher of the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron.

As part of the contract, they also will demolish two dormitories that were built in 1975, after the new facility opens.

Nellis officials did not say how many people live in those buildings or why they are being torn down, but a Korte spokesman indicated that it’s time for the aging facilities to go.

“The old dorms are just that — outdated,” said Todd Imming, chief marketing officer.

The last dorm built at Nellis opened in 2005 and houses 144 airmen, Christopher said.

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