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UW Trustees Name Construction Manager for RAC Expansion

September 11, 2015

A Wyoming firm has been selected as construction manager at-risk for a $44 million renovation and expansion that will triple the size of the University of Wyoming’s Rochelle Athletics Center (RAC).

The UW Board of Trustees voted today (Friday) to authorize negotiation of a contract with GE Johnson Construction of Jackson for the project, which will create the High Altitude Performance Center.

The project will be funded by a $24 million private support campaign and a $20 million match from the state of Wyoming. Plans call for expanding the current 48,000-square-foot RAC into a 126,000-square-foot premier collegiate athletics complex, featuring new or expanded spaces focused on academic success, nutrition, strength and conditioning, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and recovery facilities for all of UW’s more than 400 student-athletes.

Construction is scheduled to begin after the current football season, with completion targeted for the summer of 2017.

On another matter, the board approved negotiation of a $124,500 contract with Rapid Fire Protection Inc. of Cheyenne for the first phase of a new fire suppression system in UW’s Arena-Auditorium.

The installation of standpipes in the A-A is scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2015-16 basketball season.

A new fire suppression and smoke evacuation system is part of the second phase of improvements at the A-A. Phase 2 work, most of which is scheduled to begin after the coming basketball season, includes an addition to the east side of the building, to provide a new façade; improved concession areas, restrooms and other changes to the concourse; and a central ticket office.

Trustees also received an update on a project to renovate Hoyt Hall, home of UW’s Department of English, and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Because of the need for unexpected structural repairs to the building that was built in 1916 as a women’s dormitory, the start of the $2.9 million renovation likely won’t begin until early 2016 -- several months later than originally planned.

The renovation will include life-safety and accessibility improvements as required by the building code, and enhancements to interior finishes in faculty and staff offices, classrooms, study areas and other building spaces. The work also includes energy-efficient upgrades to current lighting, restroom renovations, installation of new electrical and data systems wiring, and replacement of the existing fire alarm system.

Personnel in English and Modern and Classical Languages have relocated to Crane Hall until the work is completed.

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