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Laramie County Community College reconstructing Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC)

Dr. Schaffer, LCCC President
Dr. Schaffer, LCCC President(Mia Johnson)
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 1:33 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Laramie County Community College is undertaking a 76,000 sq. ft. renovation of it’s Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC).

The project will focus on the expansion of fitness and workout areas, upgrading safety features and establishing a competition court.

“LCCC, and certainly Cheyenne and Laramie County, have missed out on numerous opportunities to bring major sporting events here because of the lack of a facility,” said Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of LCCC. “This change to the RAC is going to open up the doors for competitions that will range from elementary, to youth, to collegiate types of events that will bring teams, people, and hopefully, economic stimulus to the region.”

The new design will completely alter the currently building set-up, and will modernize the space for athletes, students and community members.

The current aquatics facility in particular is popular with the southside Cheyenne community; however, the new project budget may not allow for pool renovations.

Dr. Schaffer said LCCC wants to incorporate an accessible aquatic facility, but the pool must be brought up to current standards and code. To fully design a new pool, Dr. Schaffer said it would be an estimated $3 million project. He said the college will re-evaluate the feasibility of updating or constructing a new pool once the project moves forward, but listed a lack of student demand and the aforementioned budgetary restrictions as obstacles the pool is facing.

“This project really is about bringing one of the oldest buildings on campus up to current standards and really addressing student demand and where possible, community needs,” said Schaffer.

LCCC suggested the YMCA and Gold’s Gym as possible pool substitutes, but acknowledged the need for an aquatics facility on the southside. The college is in the final stages of design and planning, and will be meeting in January 2022 to determine the next step in the future of the RAC Project.

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