By Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commence the grand opening of the Schriever housing community center here March 22.
More than 100 Airmen, civilians, military and community leaders along with local media were on hand to witness the unveiling of the 6,000 square foot facility, the first of its kind at Schriever.
“We did this for probably the most important people in the audience, our families. They say ‘we recruit Airmen but we retain families.’ This is all about you today and what we’re providing for our families,” said Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander. “Quite frankly, we’re at this point now because of the partnership with Tierra Vista Communities and the quality of the homes they’re building, we can’t open them quickly enough.”
The community center is part of the Tierra Vista Communities privatized housing project awarded to Actus Lend Lease last year.
“There’s been a lack of other services that we aim to provide through this new community center,” said Pete Sims, TVC project director. “Today we’re going to open up this community center that has offices for both TVC and Air Force housing staff to better meet the needs of our residents.”
Mr. Sims added that the new facility also bolsters a large conference room, an internet café, a multi-purpose room, an Olympic sized indoor heated swimming pool, a children’s size pool and splash park, locker rooms and a playground.
Tech. Sgt. Rafael Meneses, 50th Space Communications Squadron, and his family were on hand to take a look at the new facility and hopes to one day reside on Schriever.
“I think it’s great, we’ve lived in base housing before in Arkansas and Germany and they don’t compare to this,” Sergeant Meneses said.
Sergeant Meseses’ 7-year-old son, Antonio, was chosen at random by Colonel Monteith to help cut the ribbon during the ceremony.
“I think it was a good thing that the colonel grabbed a family member just to represent the entire community,” the sergeant said.
The ribbon cutting was followed by an open house reception where everyone in attendance was invited to tour the facility.
The most popular aspect of the event was the playground which remained packed with laughing children long after all of the ceremony’s guest departed.
The community center has innovative and energy-efficient construction techniques and processes incorporated into every aspect. The use of soy-based spray foam insulation virtually eliminates the issue of air infiltration, while water and energy saving fixtures and appliances reduce the amount of usage.
Tierra Vista Communities broke ground on the 242 new homes at Schriever AFB in 2008; all new homes will be completed this year.