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LARAMIE - A pair of Wyoming companies have been selected to manage two major sports construction projects at the University of Wyoming, including the remodeling of Corbett Pool.

The Board of Trustees made the decision on Monday.

The trustees voted to authorize negotiation of a contract with GE Johnson Construction of Jackson to serve as manager for an expected $21 million remodeling and expansion of the Corbett Pool facility.

Plans call for adding 36,000 square feet to the 40-year-old pool building, as well as renovating another 23,000 square feet to create a modern swimming and diving facility.

The existing pool is too short for meets and practice and too shallow for diving beyond the 3-meter springboard.

The planned facility features an eight-lane, 50-meter pool with moveable bulkheads, a diving tower and diving well, and upper-level spectator seating.

Expanded and upgraded locker rooms and a team room are included as well as a sports medicine and video/film room.

No construction timeline has been set for the project. UW plans to seek funding during the next legislative session.

Also Monday, the board voted to retain By Architectural Means P.C. of Cheyenne in association with Sink Combs Dethlefs of Denver to provide architectural and engineering services for the second phase of Arena-Auditorium upgrade.

By Architectural Means provided those services for the first phase of the project, currently underway, which includes reconstruction of the basketball court, lower seating bowl and locker room areas.

The second phase of the A-A project will include an addition to the east side of the building, providing a new major fa?ade with two entry lobbies as well as a new club room and Hall of Fame area.

The concourse will be renovated with improved concession and merchandise areas, restrooms and a new central ticket office.

The preliminary cost estimate for the second phase is $17 million, with $5 million coming from state appropriations, $6 million in private donations and $6 million in state matching funds.

The cost of both phases of improvements is about $30 million.

June 18, 2014

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