Casper College + University of Wyoming Student Union1703 Campus Drive
Casper, WY 82601
Design Achievement - Casper College needed new facilities to house a more efficient and student friendly Student Union, as well as satellite facilities to suit the needs of the University of Wyoming. DLR Group's design of the new Casper College Student Union + University of Wyoming Center responds to that need with a facility incorporating a more efficient "one-stop" student services center, along with other student life spaces and the University of Wyoming Center in a bright, open and inviting environment as a gateway facility fully integrated into the heart of the campus. As the anchor tenant on the new ‘Heart of Campus' Central Lawn, the building continues the procession of collegiate buildings while establishing a signature look for the Student Union landmark. With three primary entrances, one on the fourth floor and two on the ground level from both east and west sides of the atrium, the building provides individuals with continuous and user-friendly passage between upper and lower campus. Inside, the building features two wings connected by a full height glass-walled atrium containing a grand stair for access to all levels. Natural materials and daylighting provide for socially active spaces for all users.
Scope Summary - The project scope encompassed design of a new four-story, 97,000 SF building. Spaces include student life, student government, dining, lounge and recreation spaces, with a distance learning outreach to connect the University of Wyoming internationally. The new facility also includes many sustainable features and energy efficient design strategies including: building location and community connectivity, building orientation, daylighting, low VOC products, local and recycled materials, water saving features including low-flow restroom fixtures, high-efficiency HVAC units, improved building envelope design and low mercury lighting. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design, as well as site planning and landscape architecture services for the Campus Plaza portion of the project.