The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has authorised negotiation of a contract with Haselden Construction of Casper to serve as construction manager for the $12 million renovation of the University of Wyoming Arena-Auditorium (A-A). The firm was chosen from a list of four finalists, all Wyoming companies.
The first phase of the A-A project will involve expansion and replacement of the basketball court floor to provide two practice courts and reorientation of the competition court; reconfiguration and replacement of the seating in the lower bowl to include up to 500 club seats, as well as dedicated media, band and student sections; renovation of most of the current locker room level; installation of upgraded lights and new video boards, LED ribbon boards and sound system; and life-safety and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.
The project will be funded by $7 million in private donations and $5 million in state matching funds. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2014, and be completed in time for the start of the basketball season in October 2014.
The second phase of improvements to the A-A, which opened in 1982, will include building additions and renovations at the concourse level. The estimated cost for that phase is $18 million. No construction timeline has been established.