CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees have approved the interior and exterior designs for two new residence halls and a dining facility as well as a new three-level parking garage, UW said on May 20.
“The total cost of these buildings and other related work is estimated at about $250 million,” UW said. “The Wyoming Legislature has authorized the university to issue bonds to finance construction, and the Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider bond issuance at its next meeting in June.”
The new residence halls and dining facility will be located off of 15th Street near UW’s McWhinnie Hall and Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center.
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“The new, five-level residence halls will accommodate a total of 900 students, replacing outdated residence halls along Grand Avenue,” UW says.
The parking garage will be built at the site of the current Ivinson Avenue parking lot on UW’s southwest campus edge.
“The parking structure will be built to help address the loss of parking spaces due to residence hall and other construction around campus,” UW says. “When completed, the Ivinson Parking Garage will provide spaces for 375 vehicles, as well as the offices of the UW Police Department.”
The parking garage construction is expected to begin in the fall. The new residence halls and dining facility are expected to see construction begin in 12-15 months and will take about two years.
“These projects will dramatically improve the housing options available to our students,” UW President Ed Seidel said in UW’s announcement. “We have known for some time that our current residence halls, now more than 50 years old, need to be replaced. These new facilities, located closer to the central campus and featuring modern design and amenities, will be a significant upgrade for student life at our university.”
UW adds that Wyoming Hall was demolished earlier this year to accommodate the residence hall construction.
“The new north residence hall will be built at the corner of 15th and Lewis streets,” UW says. “In addition to providing rooms for 434 students, the facility will include a two-level dining facility that seats 850 students. The new south residence hall will be east of Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, with rooms for 466 students.”
“In both residence halls, there will be typical double and single rooms, two-bed semi-suites and four-bed semi-suites.”
The exterior design will resemble to sandstone style of other UW campus buildings. Green spaces and other land scaping are also being planned.
“We conducted significant research to determine the best mix of housing options for our students,” Vice President for Student Affairs Kim Chestnut said. “The interior design approved by the Board of Trustees will provide a wonderful environment for students to build a sense of community during their first year on campus and beyond, which we know is so important for their success.”