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Rendering shows design of new state office building in Casper

A rendering shows the design of the new state office building to be built on West Collins Drive. (Courtesy Stateline No. 7 Architects)

Casper residents now have a better idea of what will rise from the rubble along West Collins Drive across from the NCHS football field.

Renderings of the exterior design for the Casper state office building have recently been released. The design is by local architecture firm Stateline No. 7.

According to architect and firm owner Lyle Murtha, the architects were asked to deliver something that both blended with the history of the Old Yellowstone District but also gave a modern approach.

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Red brick will cover much of the building, with glass and angular touches for contrast.

Plans for the new Casper state office building were revealed during the first task force meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018, at City Hall. Several small businesses will be displaced to make way for the new complex, which has been given the address of 444 W. Collins Dr. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The building replaces several smaller structures lining West Collins Drive. Last year several tenants in the buildings raised concerns about the cost of eviction and relocating. They eventually reached agreements with the state, and demolition started late last year.

The new building will replace an aging office building at Midwest and Center, which was built in 1960 and needs $8.2 million worth of safety updates and differed maintenance, according to Murtha.

The new complex will also consolidate all state agencies under one roof, ending the need to rent various offices around the city. Nearly 400 state employees will be housed in the building.

Overall the building will have 110,000 square feet of space, with room on the third floor for growth. There is also room on the 11 acres of land for building additions or another building in the future if needed.

The interior layout features much use of natural light and open space for both workers and visitors. The third floor features a large flexible conference room that can be configured for small and large meetings. It will be shared by all of the agencies.

The Rails to Trails path will be rearranged and incorporated into the open space of the landscaping, Murtha said during a task force meeting last May. The design is meant to encourage biking and walking to the building.

The state building, now designated with the 444 West Collins Drive address, is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Crews demolish several buildings along West Collins Drive on Jan. 11, 2019. The area will be used for a new state office building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Crews demolish several buildings along West Collins Drive on Dec. 18, 2018. The area will be used for a new state office building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Asphalt is torn up as demolition starts on buildings along West Collins across the street from the Natrona County High School football field on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The land is being cleared for a new state office building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The sign of the former NStyle Nails and Spa lays on the parking lot of a group of buildings on West Collins during early demolition on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The spa moved into a new location on Second Street downtown after being evicted this year. Several small businesses along West Collins were displaced or forced to close to make way for a new state office building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Demolition starts on buildings along West Collins across the street from the Natrona County High School football field on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The land is being cleared for a new state office building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)