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Twentynine Palms Bachelor Enlisted Quarters

Modern living at military base

Project Facts

Location Twentynine Palms, California
Owner U.S. Marine Corps
Size 601,840 SF
Certifications LEED Silver


At the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters represents a bold step into the modern age of military housing. The dining and housing complex harmoniously blends with its surroundings, evoking the ambiance of a college campus while actively nurturing community bonds and encouraging recreational activities for the Marines stationed there.

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About the project

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) at Twentynine Palms, California, is the world’s largest base and the premier training facility for Corp operations. The base also draws military personnel from throughout the U.S. for their combined arms exercises and is home to the First Tank Battalion, the “shock and awe” specialists who lead into battle with M1 tanks.

The Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQs) and Quality of Life Facilities were built to accommodate the large number of personnel staying at the base. Each 192-unit BEQ residential building was designed with an atmosphere of hospitality to encourage the Marine tenants to spend more time on site and develop camaraderie. Common areas provide laundry facilities, pool tables, video games, computer desks, an internet café, outdoor BBQ, and sports courts.

As structural engineer for the design-build team that delivered the project, Walter P Moore developed efficient structural systems for various buildings, including signature cantilever roof elements and an iconic 40-foot tower located at the apex of a new outdoor amphitheater used for events and movies.

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2012 Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) Eagle Winner