309th Commodities Maintenance Group opens team center

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  • By Bill Orndorff
  • 309th Maintenance Wing
The cafeteria for Bldg. 507 returned to its original location Nov. 21 when the Raymond E. Roessler Team Center was opened for business. 

The second floor location in the 309th Commodities Maintenance Group is named for Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler, former CMXG deputy director, who died Oct. 5 in an airplane accident. His wife, Annette, and children Abby and Ben, helped cut the ribbon to open the center. 

The 6,660 square foot center has seating for 280 people and not only serves as the building's cafeteria, but it is also designed for meetings, training classes and other activities. Plasma television screens placed in various locations can be tuned to network news stations used to show in-house presentations. Folding partitions allow the room to be divided. 

The area was used as a cafeteria when the building was first opened in 1977, then changed into office space. The $1.9 million renovation took less than five months, and was built by contractors from CH2M-Hill. 

The cafeteria serves breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and desserts. The area is also equipped with microwave ovens for employee use.

For this renovation, about 100 employees were moved from the area to offices in other parts of Bldg. 507. Additional offices and a conference room are being remodeled downstairs from the team center.

The $1.9 million renovation took less than five months and involved Raul Visaya, facility engineer for the 309th Commodities Maintenance Group; Mike Cox, Steve Jaynes and Roger McLyea from CH2M-Hill; Eric Smith and Moses Thompson from the 75th Services Division; and Gordon Gerszewski, Rose Rees, and Lynn McKee from the 75th Communications Squadron; and 130 construction workers. Design approvals and coordination with fire, safety, bio-environmental and environmental officials were arranged by the 75th Civil Engineer Squadron.