The sign at the site of the Wind River Job Corps Center on Griffey Hill along Airport Road (Ernie Over photo)
The sign at the site of the Wind River Job Corps Center on Griffey Hill along Airport Road (Ernie Over photo)

The sign at the site of the Wind River Job Corps Center on Griffey Hill along Airport Road (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Washington, D.C.) – The  United States Department of Labor today published a solicitation for contractors for the Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton. The announcement, posted on FedBizOpps.Gov’s website this morning, said the full bid solicitation package would be available for contractors on March 15th and that bids would be due in April.

“The proposed new center consists of 7 buildings which have a total of approximately 161,000 gross square feet (GSF) and consists of a Welcome Center, Administrative/Wellness/Student Services Buildings, Educational/Vocational Building, a Cafeteria/Warehouse Building, a Recreation Center and two 2-story Dormitories.  The work shall also include major site improvements in the form of clearing, grading general landscaping, roads, parking, drainage, connection to all utility lines, installation of geogthermal wells and site/security lighting for the new buildings as specified in the Scope of Work,” the announcement stated.

Utilities have already been delivered to the site through grants from the Wyoming Business Council. The 167-acre parcel of land for the center was made available by the City of Riverton.

Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services Executive Director Sandy Barton, who has been coordinating the Wind River Job Corps Center application through the Federal process, told County10.com that the news “was awesome.” She said the release of the bid specifications is following a time line that was released late last year. “The timing on this is great.” Barton said they had received a heads-up on the DOL filing yesterday. Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness said the notice was “Great News.”

The Wind River Job Corps Center has been under consideration since 2005 and Wyoming was granted a job corps, the last state in the union to have one, in 2008.

The official solicitation notice can be found here.