More Lander community center details released in public presentation; new councilors sworn in

Early renderings of the new Lander community center. (Image provided)

Early renderings of the new Lander community center. (Image provided)

By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com

(Lander, Wyo.) – Plan One Architect Garrett Chadwick unveiled for the public on Tuesday evening new images of what the future Lander Community Center could look like. Chadwick’s presentation followed the Lander City Council’s regular meeting at City Hall.

He began by giving a little background about the project, and the request for qualifications the firm had to pass to be chosen for the design. He called the firm’s methods “collaborative,” noting that from the start they wanted to work with members of the community to design the new community center.

The original Lander Community Center was destroyed in a fire last June.

Earlier last year, the council appointed a group of individuals to a steering committee, the purpose of which was to work with the architects on the design. Chadwick told the audience a bit about one of the initial planning stages when the committee split into groups and came up with rough layouts using cut-to-scale cards of desired features. From the process, layouts were narrowed down to one over the course of a couple meetings, which Plan One has begun to fine-tune.

“We came up with a bunch of massing diagrams just to get a reaction from the committee,” Chadwick said. Massing diagrams are exterior structure renderings. “What we came away with was a direction.”

The model shown at the meeting. (Joshua Scheer photo)

The model shown at the meeting. (Joshua Scheer photo)

He said the committee liked a distinct entry form, gabled roof, sloping roof to the south (for snow melting purposes), with a low maintenance exterior, some natural materials as accents and Wyoming heritage architecture.

The proposed size of the building is 15,000 to 18,000 square feet, Chadwick said. Early Wednesday morning, the city’s Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud told those at the LEADER Corp meeting the size would be roughly 19,000 square feet. The building will be set on the previous center’s spot on Buena Vista Drive.

The plan, Chadwick said, was to have the building complete in Summer 2014. Allowing 12 months for construction, bidding will likely be done in April, Michaud added on Wednesday.

Michaud discussed funding details on Wednesday morning. He said the building itself is estimated to cost about $3.4 million, with an additional $1.6 million in related expenses. He said the city is pursuing roughly $2.1 million in state grants. $1.3 million has been provided by insurance for the loss of the previous center. Michaud added that a fundraising committee will be pursuing a $1 million campaign locally, and the source of an additional $600,000 has not yet been determined.

Don Reynolds, left, spoke with steering committee member Terry Martin after the presentation. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Don Reynolds, left, spoke with steering committee member Terry Martin after the presentation. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Several members at the LEADER meeting raised concerns related to parking and funding. A couple individuals, including LEADER Co-President Bill Sniffin, suggested trying to partner with Central Wyoming College.

Key features of the building are: a large meeting room for 750 to 1,000, breakout rooms that can open to expand the large room, high density storage, full-service commercial kitchen that can produce a seated 500-person meal, bar, reception lobby and outdoor deck.

Following the presentation, the roughly 20 attendees were able to view layouts and a model of the building and have one-on-one discussions with the architects and steering committee members.

Other city news:

-New councilors Dan Hahn and Dick Hudson were sworn in to office along side returning councilor Cade Maestas.

-Eric Siwik was sworn in as the new Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief.

-A grant application to the Lander District Recreation Board was approved for the planning of the arts and sciences center.

-Other start of the year approvals were made, including the designation of official depositories.

Mayor Mick Wolfe, right, swore in councilors, from left, Dan Hahn, Dick Hudson and Cade Maestas. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Mayor Mick Wolfe, right, swore in councilors, from left, Dan Hahn, Dick Hudson and Cade Maestas. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Mayor Mick Wolfe, left, swore in new Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eric Siwik. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Mayor Mick Wolfe, left, swore in new Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eric Siwik. (Joshua Scheer photo)

8 Comments

  1. Ronnie David

    Build something log or brick not a shop or barn.

  2. Paul Primrose

    Hmm. Mr. David, I'm willing to bet cost was a factor in material selection. I'm no contractor or architect, but it seems like a building this size made entirely of log or brick would be unreasonably expensive.

  3. Toni Vinson Bowling

    That is sooo ugly and unfitting for Lander! Rustic, earthy, and western would fit. Aren't there any architects out there with heart of community?

  4. Michael Ferry

    GOOD LORD!!!! That is the ugliest proposal I have ever seen…How dare they …use the term " Wyoming heritage architecture"

  5. Cade Andrew Maestas

    The exterior materials have not been chosen, this is an artists rendering. Floor plan and basic elevation are mostly completed, with exterior and landscape architecture to follow. That being said, there were ZERO participants at the Public Forum last night at City Hall (advertised on County 10, the Lander Journal and on the Radio). The citizens committee has done an outstanding job of getting the project to this stage and I have confidence that they will complete the project in a way that will make most of us happy. But with budgetary constraints and maintenance issues Brick and Log are not on the table.

  6. Cade Andrew Maestas

    The exterior materials have not been chosen, this is an artists rendering. Floor plan and basic elevation are mostly completed, with exterior and landscape architecture to follow. That being said, there were ZERO participants at the Public Forum last night at City Hall (advertised on County 10, the Lander Journal and on the Radio). The citizens committee has done an outstanding job of getting the project to this stage and I have confidence that they will complete the project in a way that will make most of us happy. But with budgetary constraints and maintenance issues Brick and Log are not on the table.

  7. Samuel Hartpence

    In addition, log is about as inefficient of a construction method (both in use of materials and energy costs) as there is. Add on the maintenance costs and lack of serviceability of log and it's just a bad idea.

    I agree that this particular rendition is not very inspiring, but to get something that is, we would have to pay for it, and God forbid we raise taxes. If I didn't know the budget constraints, I'd feel a little 'blah' about it. Knowing the budgetary constraints, I was really impressed with what they did come up with, and there are details that have not been determined that may really bring this shape to life. If they have some exposed glue-lam timbers or exposed timber trusses making up the structure with nice iron joints and exposed cable ties, it could re-capture some of that "Wyoming heritage architecture". On the exterior they could ditch the red roof for a patinated steel, and perhaps some barn-wood siding and some stone accents made from local rock. (Of course given the budgetary constraints it will probably be a manufactured steel building).

    I personally personally don't care for a gabled roof. Given the local geology, many multi-pitched and single-pitched roofs look very fitting. Gabled roofs also limit the amount of passive solar elements that can be incorporated.

    All of that being said, if the building looked perfect to me, I bet it would anger about 80% of Lander…It's all about perspective.

  8. Tami Olsen

    Having been to several meetings and listening to the talented committee that was chosen to design the building, I feel they have done a great job. Of course, I too, feel like there are changes that could be made. As Cade pointed out, we saw no one from the community at City Hall on Tuesday. Time restraints also don't allow for numerous plan changes just to please everyone. I know that they do plan on using local materials for accents on the exterior and interior. Low maintenance materials don't tend to be natural materials. We will be kicking off the fund raising portion of the rebuild soon. We would welcome any additional monetary 'input' for additional asthetics. :)

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