Haselden proudly watched as Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead spoke Aug. 11 to a crowd of hundreds at the ribbon-cutting of the new Laramie High School, two years in the making.

“Education is foundational to the future of our state and our country,” said Gov. Mead, who thanked the legislature, school board, Wyoming School Facilities Department, architects, engineers, contractor, and workers. “Take a minute to recognize that whatever their job was, all of the workers, the men and women who built this with their hands and expertise — the engineers, the architects, the contractors — we need to give them a round of applause for this beautiful facility.”

The 300,000 SF Laramie High School sits on approximately 43 acres and is truly a state-of-the-art facility. With a multitude of classrooms — including 12 science labs, three music rooms, two art labs, and seven production labs (comprising auto shop, wood shop, welding, culinary arts, and flex labs) — there are myriad, specialized learning spaces and open areas for students and faculty to gather in small and large groups.

Other amenities on the Laramie High School grounds include a phenomenal stadium with synthetic turf, a full practice field with synthetic turf, tennis courts, two full gymnasiums, a three-tiered auditorium with reclaimed snow-fence wall accents, an Olympic-sized pool with concrete dive platforms, and a large commons area with 30-foot ceilings and amazing views. Security is also a priority in the new school, which has multiple panic buttons throughout and several safe zones within each pod.

“This was a fantastic project, and we’re honored to be a part of it,” Haselden Vice President Derek Oliver said. “We had such a great team from the design team to the subcontractors. It was a seamless project.”

Incredibly, the $87.15 million project was completed in just 24 months. Gov. Mead summed up the effort in his closing statement: “This project truly represents the best of what we can do when a community comes together, when the state comes together, when community leaders, educators, teachers, students come together and say, ‘This is what we want, let’s build it, it’s a dream for the future.'”