Engineers forge new Combat Fitness arena

Members of the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron cut wood at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. The construction included renovation of old racquetball courts to create a new Combat Fitness gym area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

Members of the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron cut wood at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. The construction included renovation of old racquetball courts to create a new Combat Fitness gym area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lane Kocian, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Louise, Texas, marks the cutting path on a wooden sheet at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. Airmen must place marks in exact measurements to ensure the wooden reinforcements fit in their designated places on the wall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lane Kocian, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Louise, Texas, marks the cutting path on a wooden sheet at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. Airmen must place marks in exact measurements to ensure the wooden reinforcements fit in their designated places on the wall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dylan Peterson, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Fargo, N.D., examines the measurements on a sheet of wood at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. Contractors will paint the room and add new flooring once the structures technicians finish remodeling the existing walls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dylan Peterson, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Fargo, N.D., examines the measurements on a sheet of wood at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. Contractors will paint the room and add new flooring once the structures technicians finish remodeling the existing walls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dylan Peterson, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Fargo, N.D., saws a sheet of wood at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. The state-of-the-art combat fitness gym may house more than 150 people and support more than 20 classes a week upon its completion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dylan Peterson, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Fargo, N.D., saws a sheet of wood at a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. The state-of-the-art combat fitness gym may house more than 150 people and support more than 20 classes a week upon its completion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Eric Fick, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Grand Junction, Colo., examines a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. Demolition includes pulling out block, reinforcing walls and making the area structurally sound after pulling out the racquetball flooring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Eric Fick, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician from Grand Junction, Colo., examines a construction site inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Aug. 26, 2014. Demolition includes pulling out block, reinforcing walls and making the area structurally sound after pulling out the racquetball flooring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- -- The new Combat Fitness facility inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center is scheduled to be complete Sept 30, 2014.

The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron maintains its ongoing renovation of the old racquetball courts to turn them into the new Combat Fitness facility.

The construction began in May 2014 and as soon as construction is complete the 52nd Force Support Squadron will finalize the move from the old facility and drive the date for the grand opening.

"A lot of the demolition here included pulling out some of the block, reinforcing the walls and making the area structurally sound after pulling out all of the racquetball wood," said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Eric Fick, structures technician native of Grand Junction, Colorado. "We are doing everything we can to make it easier for them to have an open space for fitness training."

Intense labor efforts include the tear down of wall openings to combine two separate spaces, removing large portions of concrete and the existing flooring and wall surfaces.

"There has been a continuous presence of at least four structures Airmen, contributing to over 1,500 man hours gaining vital skills that will be applied down range when tasked to do so," said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Elliot Mendoza, 52nd CES structural section chief and native of San Antonio. "One to two pavement and equipment Airmen completed more than 40 hours of this job as well."

The estimated cost for labor and materials of the construction is $110,000.

Once the structures technicians finish remodeling the existing walls, new paint and new flooring will be added to the area.

Upon its completion, the approximately 310 square-foot new facility may house more than 150 people.

Mendoza also said the project has helped with training requirements set in place to keep 52nd CES Airmen deployment-ready all while providing a safe, effective and functional fitness facility for the Saber community.