May 6, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff WriterCentral Wyoming College will break ground on Thursday, May 10, for the health and science center that has been in the works for years.
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. near the flagpole next to the east parking lot.
"The public is cordially invited to witness the beginning of the Health and Science Center's construction," states a CWC news release.
President Jo Anne McFarland said she was looking forward to the "brief but joyful celebration."
The event takes place hours before the pinning of nursing school graduates, and McFarland said one nursing graduate and one science graduate will speak.
Other speakers will be McFarland, CWC Trustee Roger Gose and Riverton Memorial Hospital administrator Chris Smolik.
McFarland said the ceremony is scheduled two days before actual construction begins.
Construction of a new parking lot will begin beforehand, as the center will be built on top of the current eastern parking lot.
Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served on the patio outside the CWC food court.
Public information officer Carolyn Aanestad said if the weather is favorable, root beer floats will be on the menu.
McFarland recognized the "significant investment" made by Fremont County residents and the state that made the center possible.
In November 2010, county voters approved an $11.5 million bond initiative for the center. Of those voting, 54.3 percent were in favor of the initiative.
Last year, the Legislature approved an additional $6.5 million toward the center's construction. The total budget is $17.2 million.
The building was designed by Anderson Mason Dell/Carney Logan Burke of Denver. FCI Constructors, also of Colorado, in January was awarded the lead contracting position for the project.
During the CWC Board of Trustees's meeting April 18, vice president for administrative service Jay Neilson said, "The percentage of nonresident (subcontractors) is just under 20 percent."
Per state statute, the percentage of resident contractors had to be at least 70 percent.
The building is scheduled for use by the start of the fall 2013 semester.
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