(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Schools Superintendent Terry Snyder said the Wyoming School Facilities Commission looked favorably on requests from District 25 at it’s meeting in Casper last week.

Snyder said the SFC “approved an additional $600,792 from their 2013-14 unanticipated funds account to fund the rest of our design costs, the owner’s representative, and commissioning agent,” for the new Willow Creek Elementary School.  “This was a good result for us because if they would have declined this funding, we would have been on hold until an upcoming budget.” The new school is now at the 10 percent design phase.

Supt. Terry Snyder

Supt. Terry Snyder

In an email after the meeting, Snyder said the district had kept the SFC aware that the original funding granted to the district, “was not going to be enough to fund these components.  The SFC did recall that and approved our request.  I also reminded them that we are projecting that we will be at or above the K-3 enrollment capacity the day we open and that delays in this project would be unfortunate for our students.  John Rexius, our project manager from the school facilities department, was a great help to us with this request.  This decision helps us to stay on schedule, ” he said.

Snyder said the district representative for the Willow Creek School construction will be Wember Construction Managers from Centennial, Colorado. “That firm will act as a project manager to oversee the project to make sure we’re getting materials, that we’re staying on schedule, and that the quality of work is good, such as the proper mix of concrete and roofing. They will represent the district’s interest.” The superintendent also noted that the firm is currently working on projects in Farson and in Mountain View. “The next two years they be shuttling between Farson and Riverton.”

Snyder said the district is looking at the future in retaining the district representative and a commissioning agent for the Willow Creek project. “This building will last 50 to 70 years and we want it to work correctly from day one and for the long term,” he said. “These are ways to help safeguard against problems while being respectful of taxpayer dollars and to ensure the the job was done well.”

Snyder said the commissioning agent is a group that checks that the controls installed in the building do work, that the air inside the building is balanced, that water in the plumbing is balanced, that the building is at the proper temperature, and such. The district retained the McKinstry firm of Golden, Colorado to perform those tasks.