University of Wyoming breaks ground on High Bay Research Facility
LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming broke ground recently on the $53.5 million High Bay Research Facility, a novel, state-of-the-art facility with flexible laboratory space that will allow UW’s energy programs to achieve distinction in areas of strategic importance to Wyoming and the nation.
“I’m pleased to see construction begin on the High Bay Research Facility at UW. This facility will house cutting-edge oil and gas research that will benefit Wyoming and industry,” Gov. Matt Mead says. “I appreciate those who contributed expertise, those who made private contributions and gifts, and those in the Legislature who appropriated state funds. Together, these resources from a successful public-private partnership make the facility possible. It’s a great day for this groundbreaking, for UW and for the state.”
The High Bay Research Facility will be located on north 19th Street near the UW Centennial Complex. It will contain approximately 90,000 square feet of high-bay and traditional laboratory space, and affiliated office and meeting areas. The laboratories will enable research that will improve understanding of how to maximize recovery from unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, part of UW’s Tier-1 Engineering Initiative. Programs will be conducted in the Center of Innovation for Flow in Porous Media, the Improved Oil Recovery Laboratory, and the Geomechanical/Petrology Laboratory. A Structures Research Laboratory also will be part of the new building.
“The university already is a world leader in this field of study, and this new facility will allow us to make even bigger advances in an area of great importance to Wyoming’s economy and the nation’s energy future,” UW Pres. Dick McGinity says. “This project is possible because of the tremendous support of the state’s elected officials and the university’s private partners.”
State matching funds provide strong incentive for industry leaders to partner with UW. These partnerships have played a strategic role in funding the High Bay Research Facility and in delivering successful solutions to today’s challenges. As evidence, this facility is funded by $37.2 million in state dollars and $16.3 million in private contributions, with an additional $9.2 million in private gifts for research equipment.
Source: University of Wyoming