Multi-level Dormitory & Dining Facilities

Twentynine Palms, CA

Project Type:  Design-Build

Straub-Martin Harris, A Joint Venture

Owner:  NAVFAC Southwest
Architect:  PGAL Architects
Value:  $125 million
Completion:  2013
  • Residential Dormitory
  • Dining Facility
  • New Construction
  • 384 Living Units
  • 348,915 Total Square Feet
  • 500 Seat Open-Air Amphitheater
  • 1,000+ Car Parking Structure
  • Zero Reportable Injuries/Lost Workdays
  • USGBC LEED Gold Design

This Design-Build project focuses on improving the quality of life for single Marines at Twentynine Palms with a campus approach, similar to college campus design. The work of this project includes the design, engineering, and construction of three dormitory buildings, a dining facility, parking structure and 500-seat open-air amphitheater complex prominently located in the middle of the campus. The dormitory buildings and the dining facility are both contemporary in design and use the base vernacular materials to provide unity and continuity. An artistic use of CMU block, horizontal banding, precast concrete elements, and architectural details creates a new building concept that promotes the contemporary overall campus approach. LEED Gold sustainability and energy efficiency are key elements of the campus design.

The campus design concept the Straub/Martin-Harris/PGAL Team developed for this project blends the standard enlisted personnel dormitory with features that are inherent to college campuses and hospitality design throughout the country. The campus is organized in distinct functional zones: living areas, community areas, dining facility, active and passive recreational and parking areas. Many of the site design elements serve dual purposes where practical. Each building has 22,945 SF of PV panels installed on adjacent covered parking to the dormitory building with 50% use of shade structure space.