Sep 28, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThe newly remodeled living quarters at Central Wyoming College seem to be popular with students, administrators said this month.
"They already want to move to the apartments," said Ron Granger, CWC's vice president for administrative services. "It's working out well."
Earlier this summer, Granger said the investment in housing construction should bring more revenue to the college over time: Currently, CWC charges the lowest rate in the state for lodging due to the condition of the living space. But after the renovations, Granger said he plans to charge more for rent, and he anticipates more students will want to occupy the updated apartments.
The first phase of the apartment remodel project was completed this month, and Granger said students moved in to the upgraded spaces last week.
"All of the apartments should be done by Jan. 10," he said. "So in spring we should have them all done. (Students) are going to like it a lot."
Workers also completed a partial renovation at Mote Hall this summer, and CWC resident life coordinator Jonathan Rasbach said students are excited about the changes.
Shepard Construction Inc. out of Rawlins was chosen for the $934,500 job that includes the remodel and renovation to the apartments and residence halls at CWC. Granger said the work likely will cost almost $1.4 million after expenses for permits, furniture, equipment and other fees are added to the budget.
Ongoing remodels to the school's Classroom Wing and Professional-Technical building are complete on the inside, Granger said this month.
"We are in those buildings and using those buildings," he said.
Work will continue on the outside of the structures, however. For example, Granger said an addition to Pro-Tech will serve welding and automotive classes by the end of November.
"They'll be ready to start in those places and have everything going by January," Granger said.
He added that changes to the CWC food court were completed this summer. In the future, Granger said he'd like to replace the north entry door to the school's student center and replace carpeting and some doors in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center.
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