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Fitness Center upgrades to complete Feb. 2


Contractors began renovations on the Schriever fitness center showers, Building 120, to improve quality of life for the base community, Sept. 5.

The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, 50th Contracting Squadron and 50th Force Support Squadron have been working together to enhance the fitness center.

“While we need to temporarily suspend some operations and events, it’s a small price to pay when we are looking at it from a strategic standpoint,” said Lt. Col. Merrell Mobley, 50th FSS commander. “When looking forward, it’s abundantly apparent how the changes will improve overall quality of life for Airmen and families.”

One of the main goals during the renovation is to replace the shower areas in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms due to wear and tear over time.

“Up until recently, the estimated completion date for the shower project was set for December, but has been extended due to water damage found behind some of the locker room walls,” said Seth Cannello, 50th FSS fitness center director.

Renovations include walls and ceiling cleaning and painting, shower tile replacement, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system testing and replacement of shower heads and controls.

Additionally, other renovation projects are scheduled to take effect early next year.

“While the showers are not accessible, we thought it would be a good service to the community to revitalize the gymnasium floor,” Mobley said. “Currently, the floor is relatively old and can be unsafe for sports and running around. The plan is to add more traction to the surface. The project will start Dec. 26.”

The shower and gymnasium floor projects are both scheduled for completion Feb. 2.

Cannello added in the coming months, plans are set to utilize a heating system in the indoor running track, mainly for fitness assessment tests and for squadron use.

“The general sense I get is that most people have put the situation in perspective and understand that you have to give to get,” Mobley said. “While they’re sacrificing opportunities that they would otherwise enjoy right now, they understand and appreciate the fact that we’re trying to do something good for the community.”

“The 50th FSS and its partners continue to strive to improve quality of life for Airmen and their families”, he continued. “This is one of many initiatives the team is going after to accomplish that goal. We’re here to serve and we’ll continue to do so.” 

For more information on the projects, contact the fitness center at 567-6658. 

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