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Architectural Firm ‘Graduates’ from UW Business Incubator

December 16, 2015

With its recent merger with MOA Architecture’s Wyoming office, Project Guide Services is the seventh business to graduate from the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) at the University of Wyoming.

Directed by Chet Lockard, former associate director of UW Facilities Planning, Project Guide Services (PGS) joined the WTBC in 2013. Lockard says he founded the company “to provide the owners of construction projects with the tools to make the best decisions.”

Administered by the UW Office of Research and Development, the WTBC is a business development program that focuses on assisting early-stage, high-growth companies. The business incubator provides space for client companies, access to shared services, and business and management advice for early-stage companies.   

According to the WTBC, companies that have graduated from the program employ more than 100 people, contribute more than $17 million in gross annual revenues to the state and local economies, and occupy 30,000 square feet of office space. Currently, WTBC has 22 client companies across the statewide incubator network, with locations in Laramie, Casper and Sheridan.

“This is another example of our commitment to help new and existing businesses all across Wyoming,” says Bill Gern, UW vice president for research and economic development.

MOA Architecture has worked on several notable projects in Wyoming, including the Casper College music building, Gillette College student housing and the Hoyt Hall renovation at UW.

“MOA Architecture has been among the most respected and trusted architectural firms in the Rocky Mountain Region for more than 35 years, and has established a strong presence in Wyoming since 2010,” Lockard says. “The merger of PGS with MOA Architecture will provide clients with a seamless approach, with creative solutions and stopgap measures to ensure that the design and construction of their projects happen in the most timely and cost effective way possible. I’m looking forward to helping our clients’ businesses grow, as MOA also grows in Wyoming.”

PGS served as the owner’s representative consultant on The Grove Phase II affordable housing project in Jackson, and the UW Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. During his eight years as associate director of UW Facilities Planning, Lockard managed more than $350 million in capital construction, including the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne. He is currently the president of AIA (American Institute of Architects)-Wyoming.

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