A.C.E. Building Service has completed renovation of the restrooms at Manitowoc’s Citizen’s Park as part of a building project that ensures the two toilet rooms are upgraded for current building and energy codes and meet federal and state accessibility guidelines. A.C.E. was selected by the Friends of Citizen Park Recreation Center (CPRC) for the project.
The renovation was made possible through grants and the fundraising efforts of the Friends of CPRC, as well as donated funds and services from A.C.E. Building Service, Kwik Construction, Kaeden Services, Franz Electric, Maritime Plumbing, Schaus Roofing & Mechanical, R.F. Brindza, and Braun Building Center.
The Friends of CPRC (Citizen Park Rec Center) is a non-profit organization, founded in order to save this Manitowoc landmark from being closed down. Their purpose is to raise funds and assist the City of Manitowoc with the maintenance and continued operation of the Citizen Park Rec Center building, and to help sustain the building as a viable recreation center for the community.
The building, known to many as the Armory building and located at 930 N 18th St, is the home of many Manitowoc Recreation Department activities, Rollaire Skate Center and is the neighbor of the Manitowoc Aquatic Center. In addition to the restroom renovation, the physical building is in need of several upgrades, including HVAC replacement, roofing work, and the replacement of several original windows.
The building was constructed in 1939 as part of President Roosevelt’s “Works Progress Administration” and its bricks were actually re-cycled, having been the surface of Manitowoc’s North 8th St. During its early years, the building served as a training facility for the Wisconsin State Guard while the building was also used to host commissioning parties held after the launching of 8 of the 28 Manitowoc-built World War 2 submarines.
In late 2011, the City of Manitowoc had determined that the costs to repair this building, combined with the buildings limited utilization warranted the need to close the building. Immediately, the Friends group was formed and many attended City Council meetings. After much discussion, the Friends group struck a deal with the Council whereas the Friends group agreed to fund 1/2 of
the funds needed for the repairs, while at the same time, a focus was made on increasing the utilization of the building. In addition, a new roller rink operator was found after the retirement of the previous operator.
To learn more about the friends of CPRC, visit http://www.friendsofcprc.org.
Incorporated in 1963, A.C.E. Building Service is located in Manitowoc and is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2013. They provide commercial and industrial construction services – including new buildings, expansions, renovations, metal re-roof, facilities maintenance, design/build, and build/lease – to Northeast Wisconsin.
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