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Groundbreaking Ceremony for New UW Engineering Building Oct. 7

September 28, 2016

Officials from the University of Wyoming and elected officials from the state will break ground Friday, Oct. 7, for a new engineering facility that allows for innovative solutions and collaboration among students and faculty.

A ceremony to kick off construction of the Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the site of the project on the north end of campus near 11th and Lewis streets. Among those scheduled to speak are Gov. Matt Mead, UW President Laurie Nichols and College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Michael Pishko.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony. Campus parking enforcement in the area will be waived the morning of the ceremony, and attendees should wear appropriate shoes for a construction site.

Part of UW’s Tier-1 Engineering Initiative, the approximately 100,000-square-foot EERB will feature four floors of new spaces for modern instruction and research, including a new shop and student project areas; teaching and computer labs in an active-learning configuration; reconfigurable research labs with associated office and collaborative spaces; meeting/conference rooms; and a drilling and completions simulation lab.

At a cost of about $105 million, it will be the largest construction project in the university’s history. Excavation and site preparation are underway, with construction scheduled to begin Oct. 17. Construction completion is expected in summer 2019.

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