Maintenance dorms receive makeover
By Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 17, 2017
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- After nearly 14 years of the same carpet and same paint, two maintenance dormitories at Fairchild Air Force Base are finally getting some needed attention.
The $1.7 million renovation project that began in October 2016 has officially reached its halfway point. With building 2258 move-in ready, renovations in building 2259 can begin in April.
Originally constructed in 1996, the traditional dorms are two 120-square-foot bedrooms connected by a kitchenette and a shared bathroom. In 2003, the traditional dorms received new carpet and new paint; however, they haven’t received new kitchen or bathroom fixture upgrades in more than 20 years.
“Renovating the dorms increases morale and gives Airmen a peace of mind knowing the Air Force is looking out for their well-being,” said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Chudoba, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing manager. “Maintainers work long shifts in the hangar and out on the flight line, we want them to have the best accommodations when coming home.”
In addition to new carpet and new paint, the dorms will receive new bathroom vanity areas including faucet fixtures, upgraded shower fixtures, new energy-efficient LED lighting and new window treatments. In the shared kitchen contractors will install new flooring, cabinetry and updated appliances. All other furniture and amenities throughout buildings 2258 and 2259 were upgraded in 2016.
“The renovation project was needed and it’s a great way to improve the standard of living for our maintainers and increase morale,” said Airman 1st Class Casey Duchess, 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander support staff technician.
By improving Airmen’s living conditions and increasing morale, we are increasing productivity, which in turn reflects on how well they accomplish rapid global mobility, Chudoba said.
Buildings 2258 and 2259 are the last of 10 different dorms to be renovated at Fairchild. With new furniture, new fixtures and fresh paint, the 92nd CES unaccompanied housing office hopes to give Airmen a better night’s sleep.