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The site of the new Elkhorn Quarters is pictured on March 20, 2018. Sydney Mook / Forum News Service

Medora Foundation adds massive new lodging facility in the Badlands

MEDORA, N.D.—The Elkhorn Quarters is the newest construction project in Medora—designed to enhance the Badlands lodging experience for guests and employees.

Sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, the project replaces the Bunkhouse Motel on the southside of Medora.

The Elkhorn Quarters consists of 18 buildings with 364 total rooms— 201 employee rooms and 163 guest rooms.

"If the weather continues to cooperate, we feel we're on schedule," said Randy Hatzenbuhler, Foundation president. "We're hoping to move seasonal employees into some of the units by June 1. More importantly, the guest rooms will be the same prices as the Bunkhouse—we thought it was important that we provide a value option for people."

Twenty-four units have been converted for families. By taking out a wall, one side features a queen bed, and the other side has two bunk beds and a single, he said.

Instead of building a new facility for $20 million, the Foundation was able to acquire and move in this facility for $6 million, said Justin Fisk, marketing and communications director for the Foundation.

"Teddy Roosevelt would be proud because we are recycling workforce housing facility and turning it into unique tiny house-style lodging for guests and staff. The modular construction is set on concrete foundations with much better things like sound-proofing. It's like a new building except its prefab and fits together like a puzzle set to go into the next quarter century."

The Elkhorn Quarters completes the Lifeskills campus. It started with construction of volunteer housing—the Spirit of Work Lodge. It also includes the Life Skills Center, an employee gathering place for dining, socializing, spiritual life, fitness and sales training along with administrative offices.

Fisk said the Elkhorn Quarters "finishes what is a win-win with student seasonal housing, a life skills center and affordable lodging for families."