- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A $25 million state-of-the-art laboratory building at the University of Wyoming has been vacated after just three years since it opened because of structural problems.

The problems include a collapsed ceiling, bowed walls and cracked drywall.

UW Vice President of Administration Bill Mai says consultants have found defects in both the design and construction of the 20,000-square-foot building in Laramie.

Project contractors were HDR Architecture and GH Phipps.

GH Phipps Vice President Gary Constant says he hopes to work with the state to get the building working but added that he is still waiting for more information.

But he tells the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1oxdXE0) that he doesn’t believe there are structural issues with the building.

Mai says UW needs the lab and is seeking bids to redesign it.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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