An architect’s rending of two of the buildings on the Wind River Job Corps Campus. (Coover-Clark Architects)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – A contract for the construction of the $36-million Wind River Job Corps Center will be awarded on or about June 28-30, an official of the U.S. Department of Labor from Washington, D.C. told a crowd of some 70 contractors this morning in Riverton. Miriam Holst said the project involves construction of seven buildings and landscaping. The Wind River Job Coprs campus is to be located off of Airport Road on Griffey Hill, northwest of Rierton. Utilities have already been delivered to the site and a massive two-million gallon water tank, which will serve the campus and much of NW Riverton, is currently under construction there.
Much of this morning’s meeting concentrated on informing contractors about qualifications and requirements needed to bid on federal projects. Small Business Administration representatives were also present to talk about how local businesses, as sub contractors, could be qualified to meet requirements of working on the Federal project.
In introductory remarks, Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness said the pre-bid meeting “is an exciting event for the city. We have invested a tremendous amount of emotional energy into this project. We’ve been waiting a long time.”
Holst, who called both the site of the job corps campus and the city’s setting “absolutely stunning, beautiful,” gave a history of the national Job Corps program. She said Congress had asked to DOL to ensure that each state had at least one Job Corps center, and the only two states without one were New Hampshire and Wyoming. Holst said the contract for New Hampshire’s center was let on April 19th. She noted that planning for the Wyoming center began in 2005, and that architectural drawings were completed in 2010. “It’s been a long process,” she said.
Lead architect Carol Coover-Clark said the campus has been designed as a “pedestrian campus” with parking along the edges. She said the design takes into account the geography of the site, with a natural outdoor amphitheater and a dry creek running through the center of the project, “to account for runnoff.”
Coover-Clark said the buildings on the campus have a “western vernacular” theme using cobble, concrete block with timber. She said the buildings are designed for sustainability, “with lots of windows for daylighting and solar heating.”