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Good investment

Sep 26, 2019 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

Central Wyoming College has unveiled its renovated and remodeled student center. It was a good investment.

This is a building that serves many purposes, from hosting college athletics in the east-side Rustler Gym, from the modern food court to the west, and Wyoming PBS television studios and offices to the north.

Now, for the first time, there is a designated, bona fide, student lounge in its own spacious room, with modern amenities - including video gaming screens and the relocated Grind coffee shop - that give our students a place of their own to go when student housing gets a bit too confining.

The new setup replaces the chairs and couches that were strewn about the main hallway to the building. This unsightly and unsatisfactory mish-mash didn't serve the students well, it wasn't a good use of the space, and it demonstrated a not altogether welcoming site to visitors who often got a poorer impression of the college's commitment to student life than desired.

For all the pleasing external improvements, there's just as much going on out of sight in the form of new lighting, new wiring, new heating and cooling, new insulation, more energy efficiency - generally an upgrade in all the internal infrastructure of the building.

The remodel has achieved an appealing blend of old and new, of comfort and cutting edge. Frequent visitors to the college will still know they are in the student center, but they will be impressed favorably by the many changes to function and appearance.

The college now has achieved this twice in recent years, first with the new CWC "welcome center" in Main Hall, and again now again with the match-improved activities center.

If you're looking for an opportunity for to see it for yourself, there are plenty of them. The Rustler volleyball team is playing home matches regularly now, after starting the season on the road for several weeks. You can see some volleyball, cheer for these kids who are, after all, our community's young people now, and check out the changes in the activities center.

Naturally, it's nice when the community can unveil a huge new building somewhere, complete with a stately appearance, an awe-inspiring price tag, and a permanent addition to the skyline. But it doesn't always take a $10 million bond issue or added sales tax to make a needed change, whether were talking about a college campus, municipal park or one's own home or business premises.

The college spent some very real money on this, of course, but its approach is a good demonstration of making the most of what we already have - not by replacing it, but by improving it.

There could be something in that idea for the rest of us.

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