Ground broken for new fitness center at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
By Published: November 14, 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday marked the beginning of work on a new $11.3 million fitness center for service members at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
It replaces a fitness center that dates back to the mid-20th century.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was joined in wielding the ceremonial shovels by John Cooperat, chairman of the Niagara Military Affairs Council, a civilian group that supports the air base; executives of LGC Global, the construction contractor; and officers of the Army Corps of Engineers and the two air units stationed at the base.
The new building, targeted for completion in the fall of 2021, will include a gymnasium large enough to accommodate multiple activities, a unit physical training room and a functional strength room to meet the needs of future Air Force fitness testing.
“Functional strength is the future of fitness and fitness is readiness,” said 2nd Lt. Lucas Morrow, public affairs officer for the 914th Air Refueling Wing.