CHEYENNE, Wyo. Laramie County Community College will begin construction on a new dorm before the month of April ends. The largest community college by student number in Wyoming will add a third dorm to the west of the existing two residence halls.
“This project really is designed to bring young people here, educate them, and hopefully keep them in our state,” said Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of LCCC.
On April 9 the Board of Trustees met and authorized the President to expend up to $2.5 million to cover the escalated costs associated with the construction. The contractor on the project is Cheyenne’s FCI Constructors of Wyoming and the architect is Method Design out of Salt Lake City.
The new residence hall will add 352 more beds to the campus and Dr. Schaffer shared that LCCC has not had the on-campus housing to meet the demand in the past.
“Over the past two years we’ve had nearly twice as many students during their application express interest in living on campus than we’ve had beds available for them,” said Dr. Schaffer. “So we feel like we’re turning students away and more importantly we’re turning students that will become college educated individuals away from Cheyenne and Laramie County.”
LCCC plans to have construction completed by August of 2020 and have students in the new residence hall by the start of that semester.