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UW Plaza Projects Provide Connected, Visually Appealing Campus
June 25, 2012 — The first one honored the Simpson family. A few years later it was Dick and Lynne Cheney who were in the spotlight. And this fall, a third corner of the University of Wyoming’s central park, Prexy’s Pasture, will honor another stalwart Wyoming political family, the Sullivans.
Sullivan Plaza, at the northeast corner of Prexy’s Pasture near the College of Education Building, is part of a long-range UW plan to have common landscaping at major pedestrian routes to make a more visually appealing campus.
Honoring former Gov. Mike Sullivan and his wife, Jane, Sullivan Plaza is the third of the four corners to be developed with a similar landscaping that features Vedauwoo-style moss rock boulders, a variety of decorative plants and comfortable seating areas where students and visitors can enjoy the outdoors when the Wyoming weather cooperates. It joins Simpson Plaza at the southeast corner near the Wyoming Union, and Cheney Plaza at the southwest corner adjacent to the Cheney International Center.
Another such project to welcome visitors onto campus is under way at the corner of Ninth Street and Grand Avenue, the southwest entry to UW. Although smaller in scale, it will provide landscaping features similar to the Prexy’s Pasture plazas, along with a 25-foot-wide sign, similar to the one that welcomes visitors entering campus from 13th and Ivinson streets.
Work is under way to provide a more visual appealing area at Tailgate Park along Grand Avenue. Vedauwoo-style boulders and plants are being installed on both the southeast and southwest edges of the park, at 20th Street and at the east end of the Crane-Hill parking area.
Workers also are completing a major landscaping project at the east side of the Bureau of Mines Building and north of the School of Pharmacy. All of the projects help to achieve the university Long Range Development Plan goals to have a more unified and well-connected campus with clearly defined entrances.
Arcon Inc. of Laramie is the general contractor. The total construction contract for the four projects is $838,109, including $480,692 for Sullivan Plaza.
Pedestrian and bicycle access at these projects will be completed when students return to classes this fall. Accessory work may continue until Sept. 28.
(Top) A crew from Arcon Inc. of Laramie works on the Sullivan Plaza project at the entrance of the UW College of Education. (UW Photo)
An artist’s rendering of the completed Sullivan Plaza, looking north toward the College of Education Building. (AECOM Inc.)