New fitness center opens
By Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 13, 2014
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --
Spangdahlem's new fitness center officially opened its doors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 13.
Construction of the new $23.5 million, 69,843-square foot facility began in July 2011.
"Our new fitness center demonstrates just how much the Air Force values physical fitness and its direct link to generating and maintaining resilient Airmen," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Elizabeth Johnston, 52nd Force Support Squadron commander. "We have dedicated almost $25 million to build and outfit a state-of-the-art facility during this era of unprecedented financial constraint. It really shows how deeply committed the Air Force remains to the important role fitness plays in taking care of people."
The structure will provide the same services as the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center as well as holding more cardio and aerobic classes, improved programs and more room for unit physical training.
The facility is full of state-of-the-art equipment ranging from new cardio machines, new hammer strength equipment and new Olympic and utility benches.
The equipment not being transferred from the old facility will be dispersed throughout the geographically separated units attached to the 52nd Fighter Wing as needed.
"We are all proud members of a larger team helping to modernize the Spangdahlem community and make this project a reality," said U.S. Army Col. Pete Helmlinger, commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe district. "I especially would like to thank the Air Force Civil Engineering Center for their support. Together, we are committed to delivering world-class facilities to the tremendous Airmen, civilians and families who live here."
The building is energy-efficient and built to host nation standards with features like motion-sensor lighting and large windows for natural lighting. It also boasts efficient heating and cooling systems for extreme weather.
The fitness center construction is a part of the Spangdahlem Evolution initiative, a building plan that also encompasses the Medical Group center and future Spangdahlem High School and Middle School.
Spangdahlem has invested more than $170 million in the northwest expansion of base and will continue to build this infrastructure to care for Airmen, their families and the community.