Transformation continues to change face of Wiesbaden military community
March 22, 2013
WIESBADEN, Germany (March 22, 2013) -- Transformation continues to change the face of the Wiesbaden military community. Scores of projects are changing traffic patterns, creating new facilities and upgrading existing facilities. Following is information about several construction projects that are or will impact employees and residents:
Consolidated Intelligence Center -- Among the major projects just beginning is construction of the new Consolidated Intelligence Center, to be located next to the General Shalikashvili Mission Command Center. Preliminary work, already completed, included the construction of a new transformation station next to the shoppette and the demolition of the old transformation station.
A fence will be erected around the entire site which will close all parking behind the Shoppette, block the end of Lucas Street and call for the installation of a new pedestrian walkway around the fence line providing access to the parking garage, Strong Teams Cafe dining facility and Wiesbaden Fitness Center. This is expected to occur in the latter part of March.
"Signs will be installed indicating the new traffic flow once the pedestrian walkway and fence are completed," said Roger Gerber, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Transformation and Stationing Management director.
Vehicles approaching the parking garage from the shoppette and garrison headquarters building will have to proceed down Heinig Street on the so-called Ring Road to reach the garage, dining facility and fitness center.
Work on the Consolidated Intelligence Center is expected to be completed by July 2015.
Two new parking garages -- In addition to the Consolidated Intelligence Center construction, work will also start in May to erect a new 500-space parking garage adjacent to the current 1,100-space garage.
Construction of a new 300-space parking garage to serve the north side of Clay Kaserne and the new Information Processing Center (slated to be finished with construction by December) will begin this spring and should be completed in the fall.
More Clay projects -- Another major project on Clay Kaserne is work on the new Wellness Center on the second floor of the Warrior Transition Unit. The center, which offers similar services as those currently provided by a Wellness Center in Heidelberg -- treadmill, cycle ergometer, direct gas analyzer, strength testers, education classroom and more -- is expected to open by the end of August.
Ongoing Clay Kaserne renovation projects include improvements to Buildings 1023, 1060, 1067 and 1206; motor pool; the Postal Service Center; 5th Signal Command and U.S. Army Europe buildings. All are expected to be completed throughout the year.
Community Activity Center -- While work continues to improve the Community Activity Center's ballroom, ceiling and exterior, Robert Schloesser, Ph.D., director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, reminded patrons that the Little Italy Restaurant remains open for business.
"The restaurant and fireside room remain open during this time for your lunch and dinner dining pleasure," he said during the Community Information Briefing, Feb. 28. (Editor's note: Little Italy also offers take-out and delivery service. Call 0611-705-5888.) Work should be completed by this fall.
Clay sports fields -- Wiesbaden military community members will be able to enjoy a host of new sports fields in Newman Village and on the north side of Clay Kaserne once construction is completed. This includes tennis courts, multipurpose sports fields, baseball fields and an outdoor basketball court. One of the sports fields on the north side was funded by money won by the garrison as the Army Community of Excellence Gold Award winner in 2011 while the other is part of the Consolidated Intelligence Center project.
Auto Skills Center -- The new Auto Skills Center on the north side of Clay Kaserne is expected to be completed by this spring. Construction of a new military working dog facility, to be built adjacent to the Auto Skills Center, starts in June and should be finished by summer 2014.
Hainerberg and Crestview Housing
"A variety of renovation projects are going on in Hainerberg and Crestview Housing to enhance the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families," said Gerber. These include a mix of interior and exterior repairs, extended walkways, a new community gazebo in Hainerberg and other work.
New Wiesbaden Exchange -- A groundbreaking ceremony in Hainerberg Housing, Feb. 22, signaled the start of construction on a new 14,500-square-foot facility that will consolidate Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores, concessions, food emporiums and local banking institutions. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2014 with a grand opening tentatively set for spring of 2015.
For more information and news about transformation projects impacting the Wiesbaden military community, visit the garrison's Transformation Update page at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/sites/directorates/transformation.asp.