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CWC OKs max price for Sinks Canyon Center work

Dec 2, 2013 - From staff reports

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees has approved a guaranteed maximum price for work planned at the school's Sinks Canyon Center.

CWC president Joanne McFarland said the $804,000 total offered by SDI General Contractors out of Lander is "well below" the estimated cost for the project. The board in September said SDI's budget should not exceed $900,000.

The construction will provide 24 extra beds for students wanting to stay in Sinks Canyon while attending school. Once the undertaking is completed, 36 to 42 students should be able to reside at the center.


Administrators initially budgeted roughly $2.1 million for the plan. Progress was stalled this spring when bids for the construction came in almost $400,000 higher than anticipated, mostly because of complications with utilities in the rural location.

Since then, the project has been revised to incorporate bunkhouses instead of apartments. The living structures will not be equipped with restrooms but will be built around one common shower and bathroom facility that already exists at the site.

A laundry facility also will be constructed as well as a fire suppression system in the property's main building. The six existing cabins will be upgraded with new roofs and monitoring systems to detect smoke and carbon monoxide.

In October, school officials said the existing cabins at Sinks Canyon already have been remodeled. Design for the bunkhouse was ongoing, with new fire carbon monoxide monitoring systems expected to be installed by November.

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