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March 22, 2013

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Pool area to reopen April 3 after extensive renovations, upgrades

Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

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.
PHOTO: Finishing touches are worked on at the pool area inside of the Rumpel Fitness Center after extensive renovations. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
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 Recreation (DFMWR).

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 funds.

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, he said.

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 smaller projects.

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 center staff.

“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 www.facebook.com/mccoymwr.

A schedule of classes offered at the fitness center is available at the MWR website. For information, call 608-388-3200.

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