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Published January 27, 2020
A Wyoming firm has been selected to design a new bus maintenance and storage facility on University of Wyoming property in the south part of Laramie, setting the stage for the eventual movement of UW Fleet and Transit maintenance services to the new location.
UW’s Board of Trustees voted last week to authorize a contract with Plan One Architects, of Cody, to design the bus maintenance and storage facility at the former site of First Choice Honda on South 15th Street. The contract is for $98,980.
Added to existing facilities at that location, the bus maintenance and storage structure will provide a new home for the units that oversee both UW’s fleet vehicles and bus maintenance and operations services, which are now under the umbrella of UW Transportation Services. Those units currently are located in and near the UW Service Building at the corner of 14th and Lewis streets on the north part of campus.
The eventual move -- expected to take place this fall -- could free up 156 parking stalls to help compensate for the loss of faculty and staff parking north of Wyoming Hall, which is slated for demolition this year to clear the way for construction of at least one new student residence hall.
The total budget for the movement of Transportation Services, including the new facility on South 15th Street, is $2.77 million.
The Board of Trustees also authorized the administration to pursue contracts for three related projects: demolition of Wyo Hall, at a cost not to exceed $2.7 million; relocation of utilities tied to Wyo Hall, at a cost not to exceed $14.9 million; and building of a parking structure at the site of UW’s current Ivinson parking lot, at a construction cost of no more than $13 million.