408 Old Main
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-5123
by Ben Tonak
Progress continues on three major renovation projects on campus. These projects continue the exciting transformation of the UW Campus over the past several years, paving the way for UW to continue to provide an environment of excellence for its students, faculty and staff.
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center (Gymnasium) – Asbestos abatement will begin in vacant areas of Half Acre the first week of May. The week of May 13 the day lot east of Half Acre will be fenced off and deconstruction will begin in vacated areas. Infield and outdoor recreation equipment will be relocated at this time. A detailed plan on customer impacts will be made available in mid-April. Half Acre will remain open throughout the duration of construction to be completed in Spring 2015. The renovation will include more exercise machines, more free-weight stations, more space for multi-activity sports, informal gathering and social spaces, among many additional improvements. Look for details at Campus Recreation’s website throughout the process: www.uwyo.edu/rec
Performing Arts Center (Fine Arts) – This week, the contractor will fence off and set its trailers in about one-fourth of the parking lot east of Fine Arts. In the next few days, temporary office space will begin to be set up in trailers along the east end of the Greek Mall. Asbestos abatement will begin March 6, and the entire parking lot east of Fine Arts will be fenced off on March 18. Deconstruction will begin in vacant areas on March 25. The new Performing Arts Center will open in the Fall of 2014. The $35 million renovation and expansion of the existing Fine Arts building—built in 1972— will transform the facility into the Performing Arts Center of the future.
In White Hall, new installations continue on the sixth through 12th floors. Rough-in installations continue in the basement through fifth floor. Window replacement is complete on the sixth through 12th floors, and will continue down each floor. The new east entry block walls are starting this week. Fencing is placed around the area. The west parking lot will be closed until summer 2013. White Hall will re-open to students for the Fall 2013 semester. The renovation will update the 12-story dormitory into a modern residence hall with new carpet, inviting lounge space, computer labs, study rooms, new furnishings and lights, and new fire suppression systems.