UPCOMING STATE BUILDING PROJECTS

UPCOMING STATE BUILDING PROJECTS

The Wyoming Legislature has approved funding for a number of capital building projects to move forward in the next biennium.  And while some point to this and claim the state building “boom” continues, the decline in state construction projects coupled with the dramatic decline in school facility construction point to anything but a boom.

However, the state is budgeting $418 million for capital construction projects and land purchases that they hope to be fully funded through various mechanisms, by the end of fiscal year 2018.

With over a dozen different projects listed in the state’s capcon appropriation bill, there are at least twice that many convolutions to fund all of these projects.  Some projects will be funded immediately, some will only be funded after the state receives  federal funds from the federal governments, other projects will be partially funded through one mechanism or another, only to receive full funding if the state’s investment accounts over the next two years increase at certain levels.

Here’s our best attempt at defining upcoming state capcon projects:

State Office Building, CasperFull funding possible after 6/30/2018.  Funding to secure property for this project will immediately move forward, while funds to construct it can come in three separate funding cycles, two are not guaranteed.  The construction funding would be taken from the return of federal funds to Wyoming $13 million) as well as state investment earnings from the 2017 (funding priority 4) and 2018 (Priority 3) fiscal years, but only if those funds reach certain levels, (project will need $12 million from both years). If funding comes through at these levels, the project would have a total construction budget of $37 million.

Central Wyoming College  Ag/Animal Science Building, RivertonFull funding possible after private sources secured? This project will receive just $5.25 million once federal funds are received by the state, and another $5.25 million from private sources, for a total project budget of $10.5 million.

Northwest Community College Tech Ed Center, Powell  Full funding possible after private sources secured?  This project will receive $6.5 million in funds following the receipt of federal funds by the state, and an additional $6.5 million in private funds, for a total of $13 million.

Northwest Community College Residence Hall, Powell  Full funding possible after private sources secured? NWCC will receive $13 million in private funds for the residence hall.

Laramie County Community College Ludden Library, Cheyenne  Full funding possible after private sources secured? This project would receive $2.5 million from state investment earnings from the 2017 (funding priority 2) fiscal year and another $5 million from private funds for a total of $7.5 million.

Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston; Life Resource Center in LanderThe Wyoming Department of Health will receive general fund appropriations (available after 7/1/2016) for $70 million for CapCon to deal with upgrades to the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston; and the Life Resource Center in Lander.

Medium Security Corrections Facility in Torrington; Wyoming State Prison in RawlinsThe Wyoming Department of Corrections will receive funding for the Medium Security Corrections Facility in Torrington ($13.5 million) and repairs to the Wyoming State Prison in Rawlins ($7.75 million) appropriated from the penitentiary land fund.

Wyoming State Capital Rehabilitation/Restorationfund will be infused with an additional $40 million ($20 million per year) if investment accounts in both 2017 and 2018 earn required minimum amounts.

UW Science Initiative in LaramieThe University of Wyoming will receive $1.2 million after federal funds are received by the state for the UW Science Initiative in Laramie.  An additional $48.8 million could come in from the state’s investment accounts by the end of fiscal year 2018.

UW Engineering Building in Laramiewill receive an initial $11.5 million after federal funds are received by the state with an additional $15.8 million to be appropriated when Wyoming received abandoned mine lands (AML) money.

University of Wyomingwill also receive funds to upgrade the west campus energy plant and purchase property for future projects.