[ Triad Online Home ]                                                                                       October 28, 2005

Fitness Center locker rooms to close for extensive renovation

By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff 

      The Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, locker rooms will undergo major renovations, tentatively beginning in the November time frame.

      Bob Baldwin, the Fort McCoy Sports and Physical Activities director, said the repairs were ordered when mold and mildew were discovered in the mens and womens locker room sections at the fitness center.

      The work will include repairing walls, replacing carpeting, and fixing the air control system.

      Baldwin said this will give better air exchange to both locker rooms and help mitigate the mold/mildew problems.

      During the project, authorized fitness center patrons will have locker room areas in the buildings behind the fitness center - building 1117 (female) and building 1118 (male).

      Baldwin said the Rumpel Fitness Center staff is looking at ways to enclose walkways between the fitness center and the temporary locker room areas.

      "We want to make it as easy as possible on our customers and ensure their comfort so they aren't out in the cold or exposed to the elements after exercising," Baldwin said.

      Anyone who has a permanent locker in either of the locker rooms should remove the contents as soon as possible to facilitate the project, he said.

      Mike Napsey, Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DMWR) project manager, said the contract was awarded to the Belonger Corporation of West Bend, Wis., at a meeting Oct. 19.

      The earliest start date for the project is Nov. 7.

      The project is expected to take about 90 days. Tentative completion is set for  February 2006, Napsey said.

      The fitness center gymnasium, weight room, cardio theater room and indoor pool and atrium areas will remain open during the project, Baldwin said.

      For more information about the project, call Baldwin at (608) 388-3200 or for more information about Rumpel Fitness Center offerings, call (608) 388-2290 or visit the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com.

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