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)