Mar 22, 2010 11:01 PM by John Romero
Shriever Air Force Base celebrated the opening of a brand new community center on Monday. It's one of the finishing touches on a brand new housing community on base, the first of its kind. "In the quarter century that we've been here we've never had homes and we've never had families out here." explains Base Commander Col. Wayne Monteith, "Now we have 123 families, well on our way to 242 by this summer."
Between the homes, the play ground and the Olympic sized pool it wasn't a cheap undertaking.
"The scope of work over here at Shriver is about $45 million dollars for the homes and the community center." explains Project Director Pete Sims. "We've installed energy saving appliances in the homes as well as soy based insulation throughout. It's very environmentally friendly."
Hopes are high that this new community center is the final piece in creating a real sense of home at Shriver. "The community center is icing on the cake to take care of our families." says Col. Monteith, "Our children will have a place to play, a place to exercise and it will give us an opportunity to bring families together here at Shriver." Sims hopes to have all additions to the community center, including tennis courts and a baseball field, done by the end of this summer.