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College of Engineering Planning Update Tops Agenda for UW Trustees


May 1, 2012 — An update on plans for a major renovation and construction project for the College of Engineering and Applied Science tops the agenda for the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees May 3-4.

Trustees are scheduled to hear the report at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Room 506 of Coe Library, about the plans and process for what's expected to be the biggest capital construction project in UW history.

During the 2012 legislative session, the Wyoming State Legislature appropriated $1.15 million to plan for the renovation and expansion of the College of Engineering and Applied Science facilities. Lawmakers also set aside $30 million in state funding, to be matched by $30 million in private donations, as the first step toward funding the project.

Anticipating a total project of up to $100 million, legislators have directed a plan for College of Engineering facilities to support a "tier one academic and research institution in areas of excellence appropriate for Wyoming." UW will solicit input from legislators, the governor's office, alumni, students, employers of UW graduates, industry partners, potential donors, the College of Engineering's Advisory Board, the Energy Resources Council and other constituents. The adopted legislation tasks the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee with a leadership role.

The Board of Trustees agenda also includes  updates on joint facility planning involving UW and Laramie County Community College; on upgrades and renovations to White Hall; on plans to construct a Gateway Center on the east end of campus; and on bonding for other construction projects.

To see the full agenda and the trustees' report that includes background and details of agenda issues, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/trustees/2012-board-meetings/index.html.

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