In the Fall of 2014, the University of Wyoming engaged Mahlum to conduct a housing and dining planning study as part of its vision for a future residential precinct that provides 2,000 new beds for first-year students. The four-month process commenced with a comprehensive set of stakeholder interviews, building tours, and a visioning session with the planning team. Following the kick-off session, we developed a comprehensive analysis along with a set of design concept alternatives.
With input from the planning team and University leadership, a preferred plan was selected for further development. The plan introduces a total of 10 new buildings and 2,000 new beds for first-year students. Four buildings define the west residential community, which includes a total of 750 beds. Six new buildings define the east residential community, which includes a total of 1,250 beds. The east and west residential communities are organized around central courtyard spaces that serve as additional open-space amenities. The proposed phasing strategy is designed to minimize disruption on campus, and reduce the number of beds taken offline during development.