By Scott Prater
Contractors are busy finishing a major renovation for Schriever’s Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Travel office.
“The renovation, including adding two walls, a suspended ceiling, a new furnace and fire-suppression system, will dramatically enhance our customers’ experiences,” said Korey Kuykendall, Schriever Outdoor Recreation director. “Besides creating a better working environment for our staff, it solves some inefficiencies in our operations.”
Until now, Building 805, on the base’s south side near the recreational vehicle lot, housed both the Frame and Engraving workshop and all of the equipment outdoor recreation rents to Schriever customers, all in one large area.
“It’s basically a warehouse, but it’s also where our picture frame and engraving artist, Wendy Derosier, creates the products we sell at the outdoor recreation office in Building 300,” Kuykendall said. “Periodically, when we open the warehouse bay doors to rent equipment, the wind blows dust and other particles into the frame shop. That’s a significant problem for Derosier because the frames, mats and the high-technology equipment she uses, must stay clean.”
The renovation project, which adds 800 square feet of wall space, will separate the frame shop from the warehouse and create an office for outdoor recreation equipment-rental staff.
“This project has been in the works for quite some time,” said Karen Draper, 50th Force Support Squadron sustainment service flight chief. “The work order to perform the renovation went in a couple of years ago. We submitted the package for a non-appropriated fund grant last year and the Air Force awarded the grant to us Dec. 28.”
Besides creating a solution for the frame and engraving shop, the renovation also allows equipment rental and RV lot manager, Mark Gibson, to serve customers in the same area.
“Before the renovation, I had a couple of milk crates and a small desk that we used for customers to sign contracts,” Gibson said. “The new area in Building 805 now has full connectivity, which allows us to have a cash register, so we can conduct transactions from start to finish. That’s a big difference for the customer and for our staff. We don’t have to run back and forth between Buildings 805 and 300.”
Kuykendall said outdoor recreation staff will also create a display area for rentals inside the enclosed space.
“Customers who come out and rent a pop-up camper will also be able to see our full line of products,” he said. “They may decide they want a sleeping bag, tent, cooler, mountain bike or other camping equipment.”
The renovation is slated for completion in the next few weeks.
Airmen, reservists, contractors and government civilians can find the full list of available equipment rentals by visiting the Schriever Outdoor Recreation website at http://www.schrieverfss.com/OR-08.asp.