Posted at 4 p.m. May 1, 2017

Fine Arts expansion: Board approves up to
$190,000 for plans

Renovating or replacing the Fine Arts building and constructing an auditorium at Laramie County Community College has been on the college’s wish list for quite some time. The Board of Trustees approved an expenditure of up to $190,000 to begin the next phase of planning for that project during a special session April 12.

The planning includes “renovations of the western end of the current Fine Arts building, and a stand-alone performance auditorium,” Vice President of Administration and Finance Rick Johnson said.

LCCC will pay for the planning part of this project through leftover money from construction of the Flex Tech and Clay Pathfinder buildings.

LCCC is the only college in Wyoming that doesn’t have space for an auditorium where students can perform.

“The Fine Arts section is very dated and something has to be done,” Dean of School of Arts and Humanities Daniel Powell said. “It affects our ability to recruit and attract students with facilities that are in need of attention.”

Currently, for music events, the department rents out spaces for performances. Theater space is limited as well, because of the need to build sets.

The planning for this project includes three levels.

“Level 1 is conceptual planning, level 2 is schematic design, and level 3 is construction documents,” Johnson said.

Currently, level 1 is complete and level 2 is starting with help from Chris Wineman from Semple Brown Architect and Design.

“He is helping us do our planning right, and he also has expertise in the arts,” Powell said. “He came and looked at our campus and said if we can’t build a brand new building, then we can renovate the space that we do have.”

“It would cut down the cost if we could renovate the space that we do have,” Powell said.

There will be a series of meetings to decide where the money will come from to support this project and how much LCCC must come up with on its own.

“I think we have had this on the back burner so many times that we need to put forth some money to show our best interest in this,” Powell said.

Construction is tentatively set to begin in May 2019, but first a funding source for the actual construction costs must be determined.


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