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Construction on campus: Health/Science Center on track
A mason unloaded a bucket of mortar from a forklift on a second story scaffold at the Health/Science Center construction site Thursday at Central Wyoming College. Photos by Wayne Nicholls

Construction on campus: Health/Science Center on track; other work set in Riverton, Lander

Jan 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Administrators at Central Wyoming College reported last week that work on the new Health/Science Center is progressing ahead of schedule on campus.

"Some of these things ... will be done a bit quicker than we thought," vice president of administrative services Ron Granger said Wednesday during a CWC Board of Trustees meeting.

Construction of the 35,000-square-foot, $11.5 million Health/Science Center is funded through a bond initiative approved by voters in November 2010.

Exterior framing is complete, and Granger anticipated that brick veneer work on the outside of the structure should be finished by the end of this week instead of by the end of the month as was initially planned.

He said framing on the first and second floor inside of the building is complete. Painting on the first floor wasn't supposed to begin until the end of January, but last week Granger said workers have begun painting on the first floor and installing sheet rock on the second floor, which should be painted next month.

"(We'll) take monthly photos to post them (online) so everyone can see what's inside," Granger said.

Glass for the structure's

windows should arrive this week to make working conditions even warmer inside of the center. Regardless, Granger suggested tours of the structure should wait until March or April. Completion is scheduled for July.

Other projects

Remodels of the campus classroom wing and Professional-Technical Center are planned for this spring, with bids ready to go out in February, according to Granger.

"This is a state project," Granger said. "It's a little different -- the state has complete control and approves contracts."

Regardless, Granger said he will bring the lowest bidding subcontractors to the CWC board in April for discussion of the project. He anticipates physical work will begin at Pro-Tech at the end of April or in May, while the majority of construction in the classroom wing will wait until school lets out for the summer.

"We plan on starting in April with remodeling that will not affect instruction," Granger said.

He added that this summer will be a busy time on the Riverton campus.

"We'll have three different major projects going on at one time," Granger said.

CWC President Jo Anne McFarland pointed out that the college food court also will undergo renovation during the summer months, with funding from CWC's major maintenance budget. She asked Granger what he had in mind for employees and students who would like to continue eating on campus this summer.

"We have some ideas about possibly setting up maybe a soup and sandwich bar outside the food court itself," he said. "We want to do something there, but it won't be a big thing. Maybe we'll bring pizzas in one day, or sub sandwiches ... at least for the lunch side of it. That's when we have the biggest amount of demand."

He explained the reasoning behind the summer schedule.

"We won't have classrooms, and we won't have food, (but it's good) getting it all out of the way at one time," he said. "Then next summer and the summer after that we should have everything open and running."

He anticipates bringing drawings to the board in March or April, when he will seek bids for the cafeteria project.

Lander work

For the past several months, Granger and other CWC employees have been looking into the possibility of building residence halls in Sinks Canyon. The design for the project is almost complete. Granger said he'll ask for bids from contractors in February, with offers due by the board's March meeting.

"We will give a short presentation to the board at the February meeting on the design, proposed cost, and financing," Granger wrote in his report. "We plan to have a recommendation for the board on the contractor at the March meeting."

Granger also is looking for student housing closer to Lander. Though he has considered buildings that are already constructed, Granger said he likely will recommend that CWC purchase land instead.

"By the time you pay for the building and make it usable we don't have money left to make it usable for us," he said. "Hopefully we can find some land we can do it with."

He said he should know this month whether a new site is feasible; if a property is located and secured, Granger plans to start working on a design by February.