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UW Trustees Take Action to Move Construction Projects Forward

May 13, 2016

Work on three major construction projects is expected to begin this summer, following action by the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

The board voted today (Friday) to contract with Sampson Construction Co. of Cheyenne for construction and repairs of UW’s biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory, at a cost of $6.21 million. Work is scheduled to begin this summer and take about 10 months.

The lab, a 20,000-square-foot addition to the Department of Veterinary Sciences building, will provide ideal conditions for researchers to work with wildlife and livestock diseases including brucellosis, plague, tularemia and Q fever, assuring safety for the researchers and the public. Funding for the project comes from the state of Wyoming risk pool.

In addition, the board authorized the start of work on the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center, a 66,126-square-foot addition to the 48,100-square-foot Rochelle Athletics Center. GE Johnson Construction of Jackson is the construction manager at risk for the $44 million project -- $24 million in private donations and $20 million in state matching funds.

Private fundraising for the project is close to reaching $22 million, which will allow the work to proceed. Fundraising for the remaining $2 million will continue, but that amount is for furniture, fixtures and equipment that won’t be installed until the project is nearing completion, near the end of 2018.

The High Altitude Performance Center will include a combination of new and renovated spaces including an expanded academic center and sports medicine center; a new football weight room and locker room; renovated and new football meeting rooms and office space; and a training table to meet the nutritional demands of Division I student-athletes.

Finally, the board changed its approach to the second phase of improvements to the Arena-Auditorium, voting to terminate an agreement with Haselden Wyoming Constructors as construction manager at risk, and to solicit bids from contractors under a design-bid-build approach. That process is scheduled to move quickly, with selection of a contractor and work beginning in late summer, and completion about 18 months after that.

Funding for that project comes from $5 million in state appropriations, $6 million in private donations and $6 million in state matching funds. The work will include an addition to the east side of the A-A, with a main entry area. The concourse will be renovated with improved concession and merchandise areas, a central ticket office, restrooms and an upgraded appearance.

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