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The Washington Navy Yard (WNY) Fitness Center, located in Building 22, will undergo a $2.6M renovation beginning March 1 which is expected to last through October. The main focus of the renovation is to provide renovated locker rooms, adequate HVAC, and an upgraded first floor work out area.

“I am excited that the Washington Navy Yard Fitness Center will be getting this much needed renovation.” said Cmdr. David Varner, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Washington. “We have developed a great plan to minimize the impact to our fitness operations during the actual renovation but some minor inconveniences will be necessary. This project will allow us to provide the personnel who work on this base with a much improved fitness experience. A healthy Navy is a strong Navy, and this renovation will make being and staying healthy that much better for our people.”

The renovation will progress in three phases to minimize impacts to customers, with select services still being offered during the process. Phase 1, beginning March 1, will include renovations to the second and third floor of the Fitness Center. The second floor gym area and locker rooms will be closed, but the equipment and locker rooms on the first floor will still be available during that time. Racquetball court #2 will also be closed, but racquetball court #1 will remain open and available for reservations coordinated through the Fitness Center’s front desk. Alternative racquetball courts are also available in the Washington, D.C., area listed on the website provided for renovation updates, http://www.cnic.navy.mil/NSAW/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FitnessandSports/index.htm. The third floor group exercise room will also be closed. During this phase all group exercise classes will be held on the indoor tennis court in Building W73. Towel service will be suspended during the renovation project. Throughout the renovation, leadership intends on providing optimal fitness services to personnel at WNY.

“When certain exercise areas are closed during this major renovation, our goal is to still be able to provide a quality service, so the alternative exercise area will be the indoor tennis court area in Building 73,” said Lori Riccio-Walker, Installation Marketing Director for MWR and Fleet and Family Readiness Programs. “During phase 1 of the renovation all of the group exercise classes will take place on the indoor tennis court area in Building W73.”

The phased aspect of the renovation will also enable more space to be used by customers while renovations are taking place.

“Typical renovation projects start at the top and end at the bottom in order to reduce construction traffic in completed areas,” said Andrew Gutberlet, Deputy Public Works Officer at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. “By starting on the second floor, the contractors will be able to keep the Fitness Center partially operational throughout the construction project.”

Riccio-Walker said the renovation will be the first major renovation project the WNY Fitness Center will have had since it opened in the late 1990s. She added that customers can look forward to new floors in the first floor exercise area, updated and reconfigured locker rooms, a modernized HVAC system and a brand new reception area.

“The updated HVAC system will provide better airflow throughout the entire facility,” said Riccio-Walker. “The locker rooms are being reconfigured, allowing the first floor locker room area to be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. The first floor exercise area will be painted and have brand new flooring installed that will extend up the wall, protecting them from damage, and the reception area will be brand new to provide a more welcoming environment for customers when they walk into the center.”

For the most up-to-date information regarding the WNY fitness center renovations, sign up for email alerts by emailing your full name and email to nsaw.marketing1@gmail.com. Updates will also be made on the NDW Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NavDistWash, the NDW Twitter feed, http://twitter.com/NavalDistWash, and http://www.cnic.navy.mil/NSAW/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FitnessandSports/index.htm.