New dorm opens

Airman 1st Class
Edward Drescher
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Construction of a new dormitory finished recently at Ramstein and Airmen from three squadrons are in for a nice treat when they begin moving in this week. The building has been in the works since December 2002 and offers a nice change from the other dorms on Ramstein.

The dorm, located on Fairchild Avenue, will be home to Airmen from the 435th and 735th civil engineer squadrons and the 435th Comptroller Squadron.

A few Airmen who will be moving into the dorm were taken on a walk-through of the new facility and seemed to be impressed.

“I am really excited about moving. The new dorms are awesome because everything is brand new and the rooms are much cleaner,” said Airman 1st Class Natalie Bennett from the 435th CES, who is moving into the new dorm.
The $9.5 million project hosts a plethora of new amenities and also adheres to the ever-changing force protection standards.

Starting outside the new dorm has a brand new basketball court, a large grill pit area, bike racks and the most unique feature is an underground parking garage.

“The parking garage is great,” said Samer Karmi, 435 CES chief of engineering and construction. “It keeps cars protected and shelters them from the elements.”

The inside of the dorm is where the architectural beauty shows. The four-story, 120-room building is unique in design. The dormitory is actually built as two small dorms with one glass roof covering both. This allows for an open air flow through the middle and natural light through the roof, but still offers a protected feel.

The dorm rooms are sized at 239 square feet and are fully furnished. The furniture in the rooms includes a bed, a recliner, a desk, a dresser, an entertainment center and a message board on the door. Each room has its own bathroom and closet, and every two rooms have a kitchen connecting them.

“I am most excited about having my own kitchen,” said Airman Bennett. “Finally I will be able to cook things.”

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled at the end of August to officially open the new dorm.

“It’s a beautiful facility; the quality of construction is high and it really improves the quality of life for the Airmen,” said Mr. Karmi.