University of Wyoming High Bay Research Facility

Laramie, Wyoming

This building acquires its name from the high ceilings—or “high bay”—spaces which can accommodate varying and evolving research needs.

University of Wyoming’s nearly 90,000 SF High Bay Research Facility is a flexibly-configured geo-petroleum engineering research laboratory building, conceived and built to accommodate large-scale experiment configurations in a semi-industrial setting to provide the infrastructure necessary for future expansion in a modular fashion. Other parts of the facility are designed to house smaller laboratories, offices (walled and open spaces), and conference rooms. The flexible labs have state-of-the-art energy-efficient heating and ventilating systems; plumbing with appropriate sand, oil, and similar traps; compressed air; expandable electrical service; and fiber optic connectivity. UW’s high bay space ranges from 24.5’ to 28’.

The facility is a resource shared among UW’s School of Energy Resources, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Department of Geology and Geophysics, and is located near the school’s Centennial Complex. The facility enables the University to conduct and expand their various niche areas of research by providing sufficient space, capacity, and state-of-the-art equipment. It has been designed to be easily reconfigurable and expanded as different areas of study grow or dissemble over time.

 

At a glance

  • OwnerUniversity of Wyoming
  • ArchitectMalone Belton Abel / GSG Architecture / ZGF Architects
  • Delivery methodCM/GC
  • Project size90,000 SF
  • Construction cost$47.9 million
  • CompletedDecember 2016