Recruit graduations moved off base as Training Center gym undergoes major renovations

Coast Guard Headquarters NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard has begun a $3.7 million renovation project on its gymnasium facility aboard Training Center Cape May aimed at improving the quality of life for those working and training here.

The renovation project includes repairing the roof on the gym, installing new air conditioning units and updating the basketball courts, which haven’t been updated since 1971. This continued improvement will ensure a more effective workforce and recruit training program through the enhanced physical conditioning facilities, and the renovations will also offer a more comfortable environment for indoor graduations.

Two contractors have been hired to complete the repairs and renovations. The roof and air conditioning system is being completed by J2 Engineering from Tampa, Fla., and the basketball court is being renovated by West Bay Construction from Linwood, N.J., which is hiring local labor for this project.

The roofing project replaces approximately 60,000-square feet of roofing on the gym, which has begun to deteriorate and leak. The air conditioning replacement will allow climate control in the primary exercise room and the basketball courts where much of the recruit conditioning is done.

The basketball court renovation project will remove seating and fixed equipment that has been in the gym for approximately 30 years and will provide a larger seating capacity, easier set up, and a more comfortable environment for indoor graduations and on-base fitness activities.

Due to the renovation project, all indoor recruit graduation ceremonies have been moved to the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township, N.J. beginning Nov. 4 until renovations to the gymnasium are complete.

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