By Franklin Fisher

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- The newly renovated building at Camp Casey through which Soldiers and family members process in and out of Warrior Country assignments is back in business with an all-new look and much more parking space.

Work began last November on a phased, stem-to-stern renovation of two-story Maude Hall, bldg. 2440. Work on the second floor wrapped up in June; the first floor was finished this month.

The building plays a key role in Warrior Country as the processing point for Soldiers, civilians and family members Area I-wide.

It houses Ration Control, the Legal office, Tax Assistance, Finance, Housing, Pass and ID, ID/Deers, Commercial Travel Office, Installation Transportation Office, Army Career and Alumni Program, the Military Personnel Division and a new Voter Assistance Office.

Thousands process through or otherwise receive services at the building annually, according to Army records. Last year, for example, the number of customers served at Maude Hall was estimated at more than 15,350.

Thanks to the renovation, the building now boasts all-new roofing, doors, floors, internal stairs, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation, and new electrical, lighting, sprinkler, public address, phone and cable systems.

"Anything you think of associated with new internal operation of that building, is new," said Dewey McLean, project manager with the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I's Directorate of Public Works.

"Everything that was inside has been replaced," he said.

Maude Hall's exterior also has benefitted from the renovation.

A new entrance canopy has been added, something the building never had before the renovation project.

And there are new sidewalks, trees and signs, McLean said.

In addition, the project created 26 new parking spaces at the front of the building, increasing the total there to 32 spaces, he said.

Completion of the work on one of Warrior Country's most important facilities marks a pivotal juncture in the effort to transform Area I into a community that accommodates not only Soldiers but their families, said Warrior Country officials.

"The Maude Hall renovation completes our transformation of Area I," said Lt. Col. Steven G. Finley, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey.

"The Maude Hall in-processing -- out-processing center is the first and last touch point for our Soldiers, families and civilians," said Finley.

"The reasons we renovated the facility is to create a state-of-the-art, professional facility to take care of our Soldiers, families and civilians."

During the renovation, many offices normally housed there had moved temporarily to other buildings.

But all offices assigned to Maude Hall are now in their newly renovated quarters, the last of them having moved in last week.

The renovation was the first to Maude Hall, which was built in 2001.

It was named in honor of Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude, the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel, who was killed at the Pentagon during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.