New name for Lander’s community center almost finalized

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council on Tuesday evening came close to finalizing a new name for the nearly completed community center.

The consensus among the council members was that the new name should be “Lander Community and Convention Center.”

A number of ideas were thrown out at last night’s work session, including “Lander Event and Community Center,” “Lander Event and Convention Center,” “Lander Community Center,” and other variations using words like “Fremont” and “Wind River.”

But ultimately, everyone agreed the city’s name should be on it as should the word “community.” Mayor Mick Wolfe and other councilmen lobbied for the use of “convention” as well because the new community center was designed to attract larger events from across the state and region. Jared Kail of Wyoming Inc., which has been hired to help put together marketing materials, said his company’s research showed that the word “community” alone could make outsiders think the place is smaller than it is and therefore easily overlooked.

Candidate for City Council Ward 2 Ed Patik said he didn’t see a reason to change the name at all. He also said many people are upset with the look of the building and that the council should have explored a log-like design for the front. The council reiterated to Patik the process that was used to design the building, which included a committee of local residents. A log front was determined to be too costly both upfront and to maintain.

The name “Lander Community and Convention Center,” while a clear favorite, has not been formally finalized. The council is expected to vote on a resolution to that end next Tuesday.

In other community center news, the council also voted Tuesday evening to give Sehnert Systems Inc. an additional 14 days to reach substantial completion. The company requested the extension due lost time from bad weather days. This makes the new due date Aug. 22, though the company believes they’ll be done by the 20th.


  1. Cade Andrew Maestas

    Love the people who refuse to participate in the process in any way, but come after the fact to throw stones and talk about how it "should" have been done.

    Kudos to the design committee that spent many volunteer hours on creating a great facility for our Community.

  2. Mary D Haper

    I wonder if Lander Convention and Community Center rolls off the tongue better than the other way around?

  3. Liz Lightner

    I can see the "brand" now… L3C, L triple C…. Hmm?

  4. Rod Haper

    … or LC³

  5. Melissa Vette-Denton

    It's easy to be a couch critic. KUDOS indeed.

  6. Shanny Davis

    How about the"Out of State Contractors Center" since they built it.

  7. Cade Andrew Maestas

    Built by Sehnert Construction from Riverton, which is located in the state of Wyoming.

  8. Shanny Davis

    I have been told by several people that architect and contractor were all from out of state. If that info is wrong, a lot of us have been misinformed. Several people have told me the
    .y will never set foot in it due to that. Sorry if l was told bad info.

  9. Delean McOmie-Bindl


  10. Cade Andrew Maestas

    No worries. The Architect is Plan One with offices in Driggs ID, Cody WY and Rock Springs WY, the awarded contractor was Sehnert Construction, Riverton WY, dirt work by Alexander Excavation Lander WY. Some sub-work was done by out of state contractors, but the majority was not only Wyoming, but even Fremont County.

  11. Dave King

    Hats off to all that took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the planning and design of a new functional "Landmark" born from what was a smoldering disaster not too long ago. To the mayor, council, and donors – Thank you…

  12. Ron Kilgore

    I say hats off to all the local contractors that made this happen .It has been a nice ride . t Thanks for the hard work

  13. John Brown

    Looking forward to the One-Shot Antelope Hunt banquet!

  14. Kami Patik-Poledna

    As an elected city council member one would has assumed you would accept and appreciate comments from community members. One would also assume rather than focus on what County10 projects as the issue there would have been some attention placed on the main comment about the community center and city council that was being asked to be addressed- which was not the look of the building, but rather clear up rumors in town surrounding the building and what else is happening in city council besides the building.

  15. Mark Sehnert

    "Lander Center"

  16. Mark Sehnert

    Really? Just ask, there were two out of state flooring contractors out of three that worked on the project, the kitchen came from Colorado (one of two out of State bidders) The only true out of County subcontractors were HVAC and polished concrete.
    Sehnert System Inc. has been in Fremont county for 32 years, most business you walk into in Fremont County we have worked on or with.

    Best name " Lander Center".

    I have to give it to Lander you made this happen! This is a special building and I hope just the start for Fremont County!!

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