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Highlights of the JUNE 2015 Issue

 

MWR/SPECIAL EVENTS:
Kings Bay’s Newly Branded Triplex

 

A One-Stop Shop for Recreation, Liberty and Conference Services

When NSB Kings Bay, Ga., was faced with the challenge of reinventing and rebranding one of its Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities, the MWR Business team created the Triplex, a facility that offers a one-stop shop for Recreation, Liberty and Conference Services. The Triplex is just another feather in the cap of an already award-winning program, as last year Kings Bay won the prestigious National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Award for excellence in programming and business practices.

But the road to the creation of the Triplex was a long one, as Building 1039, as it has been known for years on base, has a storied history.

“It’s a change that is a long time coming,” explained MWR Director Bob Spinnenweber, who has oversight of MWR programs, Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS), and Child & Youth Programs (CYP). “Over the years, the activity areas located in Building 1039 have been home to various food, beverage and recreational activities. In the early years, the 1980s, it was known as the Clubs of Kings Bay, housing an Officers’, Chiefs’ and Enlisted Club. In the 1990s, shifts in mission, the de-glamorization of alcohol and increased food and beverage competition off base, impacted MWR’s ability to keep the clubs afloat. As a result, the Clubs of Kings Bay were consolidated into a one-club operation known as Propellers, and the food and beverage operation was themed as Paddy’s Pub and later Clippers Café. At the same time, recreation was introduced into the facility with a Community Center, Teen Center and Internet Café.” ...

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BRANDING: Redstone Express Offers Something for Everyone

 

Subway Added Due to Popular Demand

Redstone Express Offers Something for Everyone Subway Added Due to Popular DemandThe opening of a new Express shopping center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., in 2014, provided some additional choices for service members, especially those who are looking for some quick, convenient and healthy options. The new 6,860-square-foot Express shopping center houses an Express/ Class 6 convenience store, a Subway sandwich shop and a Burger King restaurant with a 25-car drive thru. The Express also offers a Deli Express that includes F’Real Smoothies, Tornados, Java Cappucino, gourmet Icees, breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal, burritos and lunch sandwiches. There is also a food court area where customers can dine.

While the Express/Class 6 and the Burger King were part of the initial plans, the Subway was added later due to customer demand, according to Roberto Montalvo, general manager of the Exchange.

“We did a survey of the Redstone community and one of the food concepts that most patrons on Redstone Arsenal wanted to see — their favorite food concept — was Subway. So, we decided to go with what our customers wanted.” ...

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SUSTAINABILITY/HOUSING:
Monterey Military Housing GOING GREEN

 

 

La Mesa Village Community Reduces Water and Energy Usage

Monterey Military Housing GOING GREEN La Mesa Village Community Reduces Water and Energy UsageAccording to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 37 million people are affected by the ongoing drought in California. And with more than 98 percent of the state enduring moderate or worse drought conditions, local property managers are taking innovative measures to help communities reduce water consumption and increase awareness of sustainable practices statewide.

In October 2014, property management company Monterey Bay Military Housing partnered with Sustain-Ability Solutions, a leader in maximizing water conservation efforts, to upgrade its 708-unit La Mesa Village Community with allnew, high-efficiency kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures from Niagara Conservation with no upfront costs. Together, Monterey Bay Military Housing and Sustain-Ability Solutions provided La Mesa Village residents with drastically lowered utility bills and reduced maintenance issues.

“We are dedicated to offering multi-unit operators with seamless water-conservation solutions,” said Ed Fowlkes, operations manager for Sustain-Ability Solutions. “By teaming up with Monterey Bay Military Housing, we are making major strides in emphasizing sustainable practices within the home and encouraging proper care of a scarce resource not only in California but also nationwide.” ...

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