|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs
After being closed for nearly six months for renovations, the Rumpel
Fitness Center pool area, located in building 1122, is scheduled to
re-open in early April.
Finishing touches are worked on at the pool area inside of the
Rumpel Fitness Center after extensive renovations. The pool area
is scheduled to open in early April. Customers will be able to
take advantage of a new pool liner, new HVAC system, remodeled
atrium area, and upgraded steam room.
“With this project we have been able to update our equipment, which
will help us to meet customer satisfaction and better energy-efficiency
requirements,” said Jeff Uhlig, chief of the Community Recreation
Division for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and
Work began in October and included more than $1 million in
renovations and upgrades, Uhlig said.
The project was paid for by Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization
The work included installation of a new HVAC system and pool liner.
The steam room was renovated completely, to include a new steam
generator. The atrium area makeover included elevating the whirlpool and
replacing the windows with high-efficiency translucent panels and
high-efficiency side windows.
The whirlpool will be easier to maintain and more comfortable to sit in,
Customers will experience a brighter and more comfortable atmosphere, he
said. The pool’s new liner also will add to the brighter look.
Other work included new piping for the whirlpool and steam room, new
equipment controls, new electrical wiring, new lights and a variety of
The general contractor for the project was TCI Architects, Engineers and
Contractor of La Crosse, Wis.
Uhlig said the majority of the pool area dates back to when the fitness
center was constructed in the 1960s.
The atrium was added in the early 1990s. Since then improvements have
been made but no substantial renovations.
“Over the last several years, we have experienced a lot of mechanical
breakdowns that have caused disruption in our ability to provide quality
programs and service to our customers,” he said.
“By replacing old equipment, our programs and services will have fewer
interruptions due to maintenance issues, which was our number-one
complaint from customers.”
Makensie Peterson, an employee at the Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility
and a fitness center patron, said she is looking forward to the pool
opening again so she can attend the Aqua Fit class.
“The Aqua Fit class has been missed, but I have enjoyed trying out other
classes during the construction period. I am very much looking forward
to attending water classes again,” she said.
Peterson said she has never used the steam room or whirlpool but is
looking forward to trying them out after the renovations are complete.
Carolyn Becks, an employee at the Fort McCoy Equal Employment Office and
a fitness center patron, said she misses the Aqua Fit class and learning
the different swimming strokes during her swimming lessons with fitness
“I’m excited about the reopening of the pool, I’m looking forward to
getting back in the routine of a good excise workout twice a week with
Julie and Patrice (fitness center trainers).”
Prior to the opening of the pool area, fitness center staff will focus
on scrubbing the floor, touching up paint, cleaning the glass and
washing the walls, Uhlig said.
“Our staff is diligently brushing up on their aquatics training so they
are prepared to provide the quality services customers have come to
expect from them,” Uhlig said. “They will also go through a training
period on operation of the new equipment so that we can maximize the
effectiveness and efficiency it offers.”
An open house of the pool area is planned for April 3 from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. More information will be available through the DFMWR E-news, DFMWR
website at www.mccoymwr.com and
Facebook page at
A schedule of classes offered at the fitness center is available at the
MWR website. For information, call 608-388-3200.