EWC shrinks ATEC plans while looking for new bids

October 13, 2018

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Eastern Wyoming College has redesigned its Agricultural Technology Education Center and plans to open bids this month.

During the community roundtable discussion on Oct. 11, EWC President Lesley Travers said the college has met with an architect to alter the design of the building.

When the project was opened for bids in March, the lowest bid still came in over the $7.9 million budget. The college began to consider its options.

The college met with the Economic Development Agency to approve an extension of its grants, to give EWC more time to complete construction for the redesigned ATEC.

“The building is going from 27,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet,” Travers said. “We’ve still got pretty much the same building, it’s just a little smaller.”

The downsizing will consolidate three of ATEC’s classrooms into two rooms. The new design also removes two of the building’s three decorative cupolas, alters the main entrance and will have less expensive metal roof than the original plans.

The price for the building itself comes in at $6.8 million, and an additional $300,000 for the greenhouse, lean-to and cooler, and $400,000 for furniture. Travers said the building will be funded fully by grants and donations.

Travers estimated that the college needs to raise another $400,000 to fully fund construction, and she hopes to raise that much by the end of the year.

“I knock on wood when I say this,” she said, “but I think we’re in a good spot.”

Travers said the college plans to open bids on Oct. 17, and open bids in November. The current plan has the college completing construction by June 2020.

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