SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The Schriever Fitness Center completed one of its renovations improving the quality of service available to Schriever members.
The locker rooms, under renovation since September 5, 2017, were completed Jan. 12, 2018 2 weeks ahead of schedule. During this time, the fitness center offered trailer showers for patrons.
“I know for a lot of people it was inconvenient to go outside, especially when it was cold and they had to use the outdoor showers. So, I know everyone is happy they are open again,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Council, 50th Contracting Squadron contract administrator.
Seth Cannello, 50th Force Support Squadron fitness center director, said the renovations were needed for a while.
“I’ve made numerous requests to get the showers done, because we have not had any improvements or renovations to that area of the building since we opened in 2001,” he said. “It was discovered when the renovation started behind the walls, there was corrosion and rot. It was time.”
It took several agencies to make these changes happen.
“Typically, when we make a request, we have to put in a work order to 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, who will then determine initial cost and what needs to be done,” Cannello said. “Sometimes, we have to draw up a performance work statement. We work with 50th CES and contracting to finalize all the information in the document.”
Once the process of renovation starts, it is not necessarily smooth sailing. According to Cannello, there were challenges that come along the way.
“It’s always difficult to shut an area down when your customers expect it to be open,” he said. “I feel this changed the volume of people here at the gym. It was a bit rough there for a while, because it was uncomfortable and unfamiliar. I think the base did a good job of providing a similar service, but it definitely was not the same. Toward the end when it got cold, the pipes were freezing. It was definitely a big hurdle.”
Even though the base has had to be flexible with the renovations, Cannello says Schriever will be better off in the long run.
“It has been frustrating for the customers and staff who work here, but we now have better showers, we’ll have a better gymnasium and the indoor running track will be a more comfortable place to work out in, so it’s all worth it,” he said.
The gymnasium floor is still under renovation to replace the polyurethane floor scheduled to open February 2. The IRT is currently open. Two heating socks have been added to the facility, and contractors are currently working through the challenges of getting them operational.
“The IRT is basically done, there are two socks, running the length of the IRT,” Cannello said. “We are having issues with the gas line running from the main building to the IRT. So, we need to a meter in the IRT, which the contractor can’t install. An energy company has to come out to set the meter up.”
Overall, the fitness center is constantly looking for ways to improve the facility for customers.
“We have big plans to modify the building, we want to take the wallpaper down, have the building repainted and have another addition,” Cannello said. “It’s just a matter of when the money is going to drop, and which project will actually take place. It may be an addition, it may be a total renovation. It just depends on those factors.”