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Move-in starts at Health/Science Center
A teaching skeleton wrapped in plastic waited to be moved from the old Central Wyoming College nursing lab to the new Health/Science Center. CWC staff moving equipment included Rod Printz, chemistry and physics instructor Bill Finney and Tom Apodaca. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Move-in starts at Health/Science Center

Jul 10, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Health/Science Center at Central Wyoming College is the site of a lot of activity this month, with construction nearing completion and more equipment being moved into the new facility each day.

Ron Granger, CWC's vice president of administrative services, said classroom furnishings will be installed July 15, with employees occupying their offices by mid-August.

"We'll be scrambling to get everything in there," he told the CWC Board of Trustees in June. "There are so many things going on."

The facility includes an elevator, and workers still need to construct a parking lot and road to the building. Granger said landscaping work by the sidewalk already has been completed, however.

"Come over and look," he said. "They really have done a fantastic job."

Board members will tour the facility before their meeting Wednesday, when CWC president Jo Anne McFarland said the center "should be pretty well done."

Major housing renovations also are under way on the Riverton campus, with new flooring, bathtubs and furniture going in throughout the Mote Hall dormitory, school officials said.

Assistant registrar Connie Nyberg said CWC's two apartment buildings have been refurbished as well. The buildings currently are occupied by summer school students, two-thirds of whom are participating in CWC's free summer housing program.

Nyberg said the program was initiated this year to incentivize degree completion.

"To receive complimentary summer housing, students must complete 12 credit hours in their major or finish an associates degree," Nyberg said. "(It's) a direct response to CWC's focus on increasing student access and success, specifically measured in completion rates."

Granger said work on the school's Classroom Wing and Pro-Tech Center will be ongoing through Aug. 15. Parts of the building on the northeast corner of the campus were demolished in June.

"It went well," Granger said. "We had a little asbestos we had to remove, but it wasn't a lot, so we felt pretty good about that."

Construction will focus on the building's bathrooms and classroom space.

"Everything is going smoothly at this point, and schedules are being met," Granger said in June.

Major maintenance at the CWC food court is ahead of schedule, he added. In fact, crews working in the area had to take a two-week break while they waited for more equipment to come in.

Granger said the food court will be unrecognizable once it is completed in mid-August.

"I walked in there the other day and had to think about how it was before," he said. "They've torn out walls and put in new walls. ... It's going to be a major change -- a good change."