Laramie High School
Albany County School District #1
This new multi-story, 300,000-sf replacement high school for Albany County School District #1 is the largest in the state of Wyoming. Features include a three-level, 575-seat theater/auditorium, open design learning environment, full kitchen/commons, indoor swimming pool, main & auxiliary gyms, football stadium & practice field, and welding, vehicle and wood labs.
A challenge to working in the area was the threat of cold temperatures. Through the winter, temperatures reached -20 degrees with winds over 80 mph, resulting in postponement of work. However, with an unmovable completion date tied to the district opening, the project team made up the lost time and completed the project on schedule.
One of the goals of the project was strong local participation, so U.S. Engineering partnered with a local subcontractor that helped to complete the plumbing and underground scopes of work. Open communication and collaboration was critical for the successful completion of the mechanical work.
- 17 roof-mounted air handling units (355,000 total CFM), one of which is a de-humidification heat recovery unit for the swimming pool
- Redundant 375-ton chillers that provide chilled water to the building
- Four 4-million-BTU condensing boilers for the building’s heating
- A 575-seat, 20,000-sf auditorium featuring a 53-ft ceiling with 2 balcony levels, with all mechanical systems above an acoustical cloud ceiling and behind the acoustical wall so nothing but the diffusers are exposed.