Client US Department of the Air Force

Key Needs Met with Minot Air Force Base Temporary Lodging

Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota

This new, 47,670-SF Temporary Lodging Facility provides short-term housing that is essential to military members and their families. The building design includes 30 two-bedroom units in a two-story configuration. Twelve of the units are pet friendly and two meet all the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

A double-loaded corridor provides interior access to all the units, which is essential during the winters in North Dakota. The building has an offset near the center to reduce its visual length. Support functions including storage, mechanical/electrical rooms, break room, linen storage and elevator are centrally located.  

Base standard brick and metal panels are used on the exterior, providing a strong tie to other buildings in the vicinity. The materials at each of the four building entrances include glass curtain wall and metal panel. The glass and metal panel enclosures highlight the entrances and add visual interest to the building during the day and night. The design of the entrances was developed differently in scale to help articulate the function of each entrance, thus assisting guests with appropriate access.

The design of the interior spaces features colors, materials and textures to create an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for users. The finish selections meet the demands of the facility while providing long lasting and easy to maintain spaces.   

The HVAC system incorporates the use of a ground source heat pump system, which the base now uses as a standard in all its new and renovated facilities. The system consists of a well field, extended range geothermal heat pumps and enthalpy wheel energy recovery ventilator. Two circulating pumps sized at 100 percent of the total water flow distribute a 25 percent propylene glycol solution through the well field and to the distributed heat pumps.

Two-way motorized valves on the heat pumps close when there is no demand for heating or cooling. Variable frequency drives on the circulating pumps modulate pump speed and reduce energy consumption at partial heating or cooling operation.

Site work included a 65-space parking lot, service access north of the building and a new trash enclosure.

At a glance

47,670 SF


LEED Certified - Silver


Site Investigation
Geotechnical Study
Program Validation
Design Charrette
Concept Design through Final Design
Site/Utility Design
Comprehensive Interior Design (SID and FF&E)
Landscape Architecture
Force Protection
Fire Protection
Cost Estimating
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