HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE N.M.-- --
The Holloman Chapel recently underwent a $1.34 million renovation project that started in January resulting in a safer and updated facility.
The renovation was a military construction project that began with the installation of a fire-suppression system. The chapel lacked a fire-suppression system, and the additional renovations stemmed from the modifications needed to install the system. Since much of the chapel was gutted for the new system, a new ceiling and light fixtures were required. The chapel has not been renovated since 1972. It needed fresh paint along with other improvements after over 40 years of wear. The chapel received new carpet and fresh paint throughout the entire facility to include the sanctuary, sacristy, Blessed Sacrament room, the administrative area, conference room, kitchen, annex and all of the chapel offices. Civil Engineers observed and gave guidance throughout the process to make sure the work met standards.
“The renovations were extensive.” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Johnson, the 49th Wing chaplain. “New carpet and paint, an upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the sanctuary, tile on the altar walls, lighting fixtures and the sprinkler suppression system. Also included was a new mass notification system that calls the command post, fire department, and security forces if needed for emergncy response.”
After the suppression system was installed, the cosmetic enhancements facilitated a modern, fresh worship setting for the chapel. Despite the ongoing renovations, the chapel staff has kept its doors open and operating, providing Holloman personnel with an array of spirit services.
“As a chapel community we are pleased that no disruption to chapel operations or religious accommodation.” said Johnson. “We continued to host two Sunday services each week and we offered Catholic Mass every Tuesday through Thursday. We were also able to provide 100 percent support to the nearly 10 chapel programs and functions throughout the week, to include Catholic and Protestant religious education.”
Renovations began in January 2016 and are expected to wrap up by February 2017.