Western Wyoming Community College l Expansion

  • $52M
  • 360,000 SF
  • 1987
  • joint venture

Once a collection of single-story buildings lacking any symbolic relationship to their setting, the campus of Western Wyoming College is now a cultural landmark that dramatically emerges from its site high on the bluffs overlooking the Town of Rock Springs. Particularly arresting is the academic wing that stretches across the mesa and cradles a dynamic glass-enclosed Commons.

This project began with two concurrent studies: a full inventory of all existing spaces, addressing both quantitative and qualitative issues, and an extensive program planning effort involving user interviews, academic utilization analyses, and detailed space descriptions. A long range master plan was then created, followed by design, documentation and construction.

Features include food service, student union, library, child care, swimming pool, recreation facilities, performing arts, science, engineering, classroom, trade shops, student support, administrative, computer, data, and exhibit facilities; a telecommunications center; a 586 seat auditorium, and two lecture halls.

The performing arts center was designed in consultation with Ling Tung, musical director of the Hong Kong symphony orchestra, to accommodate performances of the Teton Music Festival, of which he is also the director, for its summer program.

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About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA