Fort McCoy News Nov. 27, 2015

McCoy's facility, name undergo renovations

STORY & PHOTOS BY AIMEE MALONE
Public Affairs Staff

McCoy's is getting a new look — one piece at a time — and a new name.

Renovations started at building 1571 in December 2014 with new flooring and paint in several areas. Courtyard furniture was replaced in early July; digital menu signs were installed at Primo's Express in early August; and one set of restrooms is undergoing renovation. New bowling-ball returns were installed in October.

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Customers relax in a lounge area Nov. 17 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571. The Recreation Center and McCoy's Community Club
combined to form McCoy's Community Center after the Recreation Center closed in October.


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A video-gaming area is shown at McCoy's.


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Earlier in 2015, new patio furniture was purchased for the outdoor seating area of McCoy's courtyard.

The name "McCoy's Community Center" was assigned when the Recreation Center closed in October and relocated many of its services to McCoy's.

"Just about everything in here is being replaced or redone," said Director of Food and Beverage/General Manager Lynn Glenn. "If it hasn't been done already, it's going to happen."

Future projects include new facing and countertops for the bar, soundproofing for the bowling area, additional flooring replacement, renovations in remaining restrooms, new furniture inside, and a new audiovisual system. The boxing ring also will be removed from the center.

The biggest change is the bowling alley, which is out of date. "Keeping up with it and keeping the lanes in good shape is difficult," Glenn said. All-new machinery for the bowling alley will be installed in December, she said.

Glenn said renovations were needed and will help the staff provide better customer service.

"This facility's about 18 years old, and no real renovations have been done since the initial building," Glenn said.

No completion date has been set, she said.

Most of the renovation cost is paid for by two sources. The Directorate of Public Works owns the building and pays the bills associated with building updates. Capital Purchase Minor Construction funds are used for other projects, such as new furniture.

"I think (the renovation) is going to make us competitive with or even better than anything out there beyond these gates," Glenn said. "And we're right here. You don't have to go very far."

McCoy's offers food and entertainment. The facility includes Primo's Express, which serves a variety of food and offers a lunch buffet Monday through Friday year-round; a bowling center, which hosts a fall bowling league; a sports bar; an arcade; air hockey and foosball; a library; and a video-gaming area.

The Leisure Travel Services office has relocated to McCoy's and offers discounts on hotels and attractions.

The outdoor courtyard features a full-service bar and band shelter. McCoy's also offers catering and is available for banquets and wedding receptions. Special events are hosted at the center throughout the year.

For more information about McCoy's, call 608-388-2065.