|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Renovations and upgrades under way at the Rumpel Fitness Center,
building 1122, will make the facility brighter, safer and better able to
support physical-fitness activities for authorized members of the Fort
Staff of Continental Flooring
replace tile in the Rumpel Fitness Center at Fort McCoy. The
work was part of a number of upgrade/improvement projects being
done at the facility to make the services more customer
Jeff Uhlig, chief of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare
and Recreation Community Recreation Division at Fort McCoy, said
customers will notice the improvements immediately.
Carpet was removed from the locker rooms and replaced with non-slip
“The check-in counter area is brighter, and a more-open look creates
a more-friendly customer atmosphere,” Uhlig said. “The new floor
will improve employee safety and facility cleanliness.”
New energy-efficient Orion lighting was installed in the gymnasium.
Uhlig said the work was done in conjunction with the Directorate of
Public Works (DPW) energy conservation program. DPW personnel also
provided assistance in designing and contracting projects to upgrade
“The new lighting will support the volleyball and basketball
leagues, which have just begun,” he said.
An improved heating/cooling system for the gym, scheduled to be in
place by spring, also will improve customer comfort year-round, he
said. The project will support events held at the facility during
the summer months, such as a performance of the U.S. Army Soldier
Show, which again is being sought for 2012.
Customer input played a big role in many of the improvements, Uhlig
said. Surveys indicated customers wanted an area for fitness classes
that wasn’t as open or as noisy as the gymnasium so the fitness
class area is being moved to another area of the facility and should
be ready by the end of January. The new location also will include a
Uhlig said surveys also indicated customers wanted an improved
free-weight room area so that will be provided as part of the
“The new area has more space, an open concept and is less congested
than the old weight room,” he said.
The pool area has a humidity-control system to maintain customers’
comfort while they’re using the facility.
“Now that we’re not as busy as we were when mobilization was
occurring here, we hope authorized customers who hadn’t been using
the facility will stop by, give us another look and consider using
the facility,” Uhlig said. “We’re always open to input and will do
what we can to meet customers’ requests, within budgetary
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