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The Korte Company was awarded the design-build 31,000 square foot single-story dining facility for the U.S. Marine Corps. The building has a structural steel frame with split face block veneer and a standing seam roof and is designed and equipped to handle regular service of 2,200 Marines with a maximum capacity of 2,600 in a two-hour period, three times per day.

The design efficiency and flexibility of the new facility was demonstrated by the ability to successfully handle the demands of additional Marines when dining facilities for two other commands were closed for renovation and rerouted to this facility.

The facility also includes two strategically located exits which provide a clear path for egress, without crossing the path of the Marines entering the building. A centrally located scullery with drop off locations at each side for trays is located adjacent to the conditioned exit vestibules. There is a common centrally located supplemental dessert, bread and hot food item area at the end of each of the main serving lines. A “U” shaped Salad/Soup Island is centrally located beyond the serving lines.

The dining area includes a separate carryout space with its own entrance and exit that open to a covered patio and administrative offices. The entrance location minimizes interference with traffic into the main dining facility. The area also provides grill cooking, deli sandwiches, prepped and finished products to 500 Marines per hour.

The scope included the demolition of three existing mess halls which were consolidated in the new facility and was designed and constructed to LEED certified standards.

The Enlisted Dining Facility was awarded both the Western Pacific Chapter and National DBIA Design-Build Awards for “Best Project Public Sector Building Under $15 Million”.

We’re honored to build for our nation’s best. Learn more about Department of Defense construction at The Korte Company.

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USGBC Certification
  • LEED Certified
  • Department of Defense
  • Restaurants
  • Retail & Restaurant
  • U.S. Navy - Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • Architects BCRA
  • Design-Build
  • 31,000 square feet
  • DBIA Award
  • Twentynine Palms, CA


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