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The Unique Approach of the North Dakota Man Camp Project
The NDMCP offers a more proficient and comprehensive approach to looking at all of this by bringing together archaeologists, architectural historians, social workresearchers, and artists to document the social, material, and environmental conditionsof workforce housing in the Bakken. The North Dakota Man Camp project offers a rich,up to date set of perspectives on the long-term costs, benefits, and impacts of variousforms of labor housing.
The Three Main Types of Temporary Worker Housing
In patterns similar to those documented since the earliest oil booms in Pennsylvaniaand Texas, the NDMCP has identified three types of temporary labor housing inwestern North Dakota.Type I housing—sometimes referred to as ‘crew camps’—consists of uniform,institutional housing that makes the most efficient use of resources and has the smallestand least permanent environmental footprint in relation to the number of bedsprovided. Additionally, by consolidating worker shifts and addressing needs in acollective manner, Type I housing minimizes the impact on transportation, water, andsewage infrastructure. However, with little personalization or individual freedoms andonly a limited sense of community, Type I housing is not always the most attractive toworkers, especially those engaged in indirect sectors (trucking, construction, andservice).Type II camps—akin to RV parks—are often individually owned, temporary units thatmost closely replicate the sense of community found in working-class suburbs.However, they make greater demands on existing infrastructure and with less tightlycontrolled administration they have a greater environmental impact. Additionally, unitsthat are only meant for temporary living have increasingly become near permanenthousing structures operating independent of building and safety codes.Type III camps can be best described as ‘living rough’ with no fixed electrical, water, or sewage infrastructure. This is the least desirable form of housing both for workers andhost communities and offers the lowest quality of material existence, especially inrelation to harsh weather conditions. Additionally, Type III housing is the least