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Pinedale Elementary School Opens

Sept. 3, 2010

Pinedale Elementary School, a new 82,000-square-foot K-5 school and the first public design-build project in the state of Wyoming, officially opened on Sept. 2, 2010 with a rope cutting ceremony and open house. Layton Construction Co., Inc. and Sandstrom Associates Architecture, P.C. were the design-build team for the project.

The school has a large auditorium, a district kitchen capable of making meals for 1,000 students, natural sunlight in every classroom and is extremely energy efficient. The facility was designed and built to a LEED® Silver certification standard.

Built to represent the town of Pinedale, the school features themes of rivers and streams, plains and meadows, and mountains and forests intermixed into each of the three instructional academies. Additionally, 35 local ranchers who have lived in the county for years and have children in the school district branded the archways of the school's pod entrances with their signature ranch brand, bring a personalized, local touch to the school. Seventy-three brands were put over the entrance to the school and entrances to the three instructional pods.

The design-build team designed, budgeted and scheduled the facility of success. Within five months of the date of contract, the design was complete and the facility was completely dried-in. Excellent team communication and collaboration between Layton and Sandstrom allowed the project to achieve each and every milestone goal.

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