With space at a premium at McCoy's, the construction of a new
courtyard addition will bring more leisure options and better
customer-service opportunities, said Daryl Budda.
Budda, who serves as the chief of the Business Activities for
the Fort McCoy Directorate of Community Activities, said the project
began in May and will be completed in November.
The project, which is being constructed under the guidelines of
the Capital Purchase Minor Construction program, is being funded
through nonappropriated funds generated by the Morale, Welfare and
Recreation program at Fort McCoy.
from Metco of Hillsboro work on placing brick at the new
courtyard addition to McCoy's. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
The planning for the courtyard began about three years ago,
Budda said. The 8,000-square-foot addition will include a
concrete-paved area connecting the existing courtyard with planters,
steps and ramp, as well as three pavilions, lighting, tables and
"The money (generated from profits from the business
programs) from the MWR program is being put back into the community
through the courtyard project to improve the quality of life,"
The courtyard addition will serve several purposes, Budda said.
First, it provides additional space and
leisure opportunities. The additional space should cut down
lines for the club during its busy spring/summer season and provide
more room and options for nighttime activities.
Second, the area will provide an additional venue for catering
and will include an area for a full-service bar. In addition, the area
will be used to help McCoy's meet the President's Executive Order
13058 to protect patrons and the public in the federal workplace from
tobacco smoke, Budda said. In
1999, the secretary of defense granted a three-year phase-in period
for all Department of Defense food and beverage and bowling operations
to be smoke-free by Dec. 7, 2002.
Smoking will be allowed in the courtyard. During inclement
weather, several strategically located heat lamps (infrared heating
sources) will provide a heated area, with the pavilion used to house
the bar providing a shelter, as necessary.
The pavilion shelters can be used for a variety of purposes,
such as supporting the addition of catering lines or providing
"The new courtyard will accommodate 200 to 450 people and
give us multiple opportunities to meet customer requirements,"
Budda said. "People can go out and enjoy outdoor dining and
entertainment opportunities, whenever the weather is nice."
Among the increased entertainment opportunities are additional
outdoor space and seating to support such events as banquets, parties
or weddings. Budda said the courtyard also will provide club patrons
with more musical listening opportunities.
Some examples might be having one type of music inside and
another type of music outside, or perhaps having a live band outside -
such as the Concert in the Park event - to meet the needs of a diverse
Don Warnke, Directorate of Support Services project manager,
said the new courtyard is being built by Metco of Hillsboro and will
be connected to McCoy's by fences and gates. Entrance to the area only
will be available through McCoy's.
The exterior design will include brick and concrete to match
the existing structure, decorative iron fencing, and trellises with
overhanging vines to give the area a garden-type of look.
The courtyard project is located to the south side of McCoy's.
McCoy's, which opened in April 1997, has 25,750 square feet and
includes a bowling center, full-service bar, Primo's Express food
service, a golf simulation center, a vending arcade, large-screen
televisions and disc jockey equipment.