By Scott Prater
Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, cut a ceremonial ribbon April 25, officially opening a new facility that few have seen or even knew existed; until now.
Liquori was joined by Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander, Chad McNamee, project manager for SB Construction, and Maj. Justin Long, 50th Force Support Squadron commander, in officially opening Schriever’ s new Arts and Crafts, Engraving and Framing workshop as well as the Outdoor Recreation rental service center.
“This new work area will better allow our staff to meet customer’s needs as well as provide an enclosed work room that will keep materials clean and projects from accumulating dirt and dust,” said Korey Kuykendall, ODR/ITT manager. “Having an enclosed work area also addressed a lighting challenge the staff faced. This new office and warehouse includes a customer service counter and allows ODR to have a display area for rentable items.”
Formerly, the building housed both the framing and engraving workshop and all of the equipment that outdoor recreation rents to Schriever customers in one large, dark area.
The renovation project, which added 800 square feet of wall space, separated the frame shop from the warehouse and created an office for outdoor recreation equipment-rental staff.
“The project has been in the works for quite some time,” said Karen Draper, 50 FSS 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 framing and engraving shop, the renovation also allows the 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 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.”
Outdoor recreation staff also created a display area for rentals inside the enclosed space.
“Up to this point we’ve had a smaller office inside the restricted area, which limited foot traffic and business,” Liquori said. “Thanks and congratulations to the 50 FSS for, once again, providing additional services for the men and women at Schriever.”
Airmen, reservists, contractors and government civilians can find the full arts and crafts products and services as well as a list of available equipment rentals by visiting the Schriever Outdoor Recreation website at http://www.schrieverfss.com/OR-08.asp.