AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —
The highly anticipated demolition of trailer accommodation which began in November 2021, which represents 3,800 beds, is scheduled to be completed in December 2022. The demolition is taking place simultaneously with the opening of new dormitory-style accommodation in reinforced facilities which will will be able to offer 6,000 beds.
The demolition project, which was approved and contracted in mid-2021, cost $950,000 and will save approximately $1.2 million in annual sustainment costs.
“It costs twice as much to put an Airman in a room in a trailer as it does for one of the new dorm-style rooms in hardened facilities,” said U.S. Capt. Jared Johnson, special project manager for the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron.
Since the trailers’ inception in 2004, they have provided essential accommodations for deployed personnel, transient personnel and, more recently, internally displaced persons at the AUAB. Removing the trailers will leave more room for further improvements to the base.
“There are future plans for recreation facility renovations in this area, such as Memorial Plaza replacing Coalition Compound’s gym facilities with a new fitness center,” Johnson said.
The trailers supported approximately 288,000 residents during their stay at the AUAB and were a substantial improvement over the tents that were common accommodation before the arrival of the trailers.
The amenities provided by the trailers were individual temperature control units for each room, mattresses and reinforced sanitary facilities.
The demolition cost of this project has been kept low by the fact that contractors will be able to recycle demolition materials. Demolition includes the removal of 19 Cadillac trailers, a sewage pump, 15,000 yards of walkways and sun shades, 600 linear feet of HESCO barriers and an entry checkpoint awning damaged by the wind.
“We have a presence in this part of the world and Al Udeid Air Base is that presence,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Jacob Flatz, deputy commander of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. “As we transform these facilities into a permanent footprint, it strengthens our presence here, giving us the ability to use Al Udeid Air Base as a platform to support one of our national security objectives to coming years.”