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January 13, 2012

Leisure

Rumpel Fitness Center renovated to better serve customers

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 McCoy community.
PHOTO: Tile is replaced in the Rumpel Fitness Center at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 friendly.

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 tiling.

“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 facilities.

“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 stretching area.

Uhlig said surveys also indicated customers wanted an improved free-weight room area so that will be provided as part of the renovations.

“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 constraints.”
 

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