Story & Photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
renovations are under way in the Protestant Chapel, building 2672, which
will cause a reorganization of the Fort McCoy worship schedule until
late spring, said Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Steven Colwell.
Construction of Milwaukee is the general contractor for the project,
which was detailed as part of the installation’s master plan. Included
in the project is installing modern forced air heating/cooling equipment
and insulation, upgrading the restroom areas, adding chairs to replace
the pews, and new carpeting. Colwell said the pews were not compatible
with the new carpeting so they were removed and donated to a civilian
church, which saved those costs.
Tom Ballenger, superintendent, and BJ Britzman of Arteaga
Construction do renovation work on the inside of Chapel 1 at
building 1759, also will be updated with new carpeting and new chairs. A
new roof was installed last fall.
is the first major reconstruction project of the chapels since 2002.
That project included new awnings, creating break rooms and painting the
chancel in Chapel 1.
will serve as a bridge between now and a new chapel,” Colwell said. “We
have the paperwork in to build a new chapel.”
Originally, the chapels on post, including Chapel 1 and Chapel 10, were
built as temporary facilities designed to last for five to 10 years
during World War II, Colwell said. As with the rest of the cantonment
area buildings, the facilities were built to standards far above what
was required and have lasted much longer than planned. The original
heating system in Chapel 1, for example, was powered by coal. The most
recent system was a boiler that provided steam heat, and which couldn’t
always be well regulated.
stripping the inside, you can see there isn’t any or very much
insulation in the walls or ceilings,” Colwell said. “Truly, these were
meant to be temporary buildings.”
view of the major renovation project that is under way at Fort
McCoy Chapel 1.
also will include a modern projection/video system, which will allow the
chapel to be adapted to support denominations in addition to Protestant.
Work, including the restroom renovations, also will bring the renovated
facility into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
year, Chapel 10 also will receive renovations including a new
heating/cooling system, insulation and ADA-compliant restrooms.
current renovation project, several scheduling changes for activities
held in Chapel 1 will be enacted until further notice, Colwell said. The
Prayer and Praise Service scheduled for 7 p.m. Fridays in Chapel 1 has
been suspended until the work is completed.
Protestant Worship Service held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays has been moved from
Chapel 1 to the Chapel Center, building 2675. Colwell said the
fellowship that follows the Protestant/Catholic Worship Services/Masses
will not be held until the project is completed.
held in the Chapel Center and the Catholic Chapel will not be affected.
These include: the Bible Study 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Chapel Center.
The Catholic Mass will continue to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in
Chapel 10. The Protestant Women of the Chapel Group holds a monthly
information about worship services at Fort McCoy or in the surrounding
communities, call 608-388-3528.