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U.S. Department of Labor seeking sources for construction of Wind River Job Corps

Dec 6, 2012 - From staff reports

The U.S. Department of Labor released a notice just after 1 p.m. Thursday seeking sources for the future construction of the Wind River Job Corps.

The facility is scheduled to open by the end of 2015, and Sandy Barton, executive director of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, said the "sources sought" notice brings the federal government one step closer to achieving that goal.

"I can't believe it," Barton said Thursday when she saw the announcement. "I'm very excited. I'm glad that it is moving forward."

Barton had expected the sources-sought notice to be released earlier this year based on a timeline from the DOL, but she said it is important to celebrate every sign of progress on the project. She encouraged small businesses and contractors throughout the state to respond to the notice so federal officials know the Job Corps project could be undertaken by Wyoming workers.

"Painters, electrical -- anyone a sub or general (contractor) needs," Barton said. "Respond to this so they know there's an adequate labor force and construction firms that can handle this."

To view the DOL notice, visit fbo.gov, click on the "opportunities" tab and search for solicitation "DOL131RI20603."

The notice will be posted at fbo.gov until 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. According to the website, the announcement was issued to determine whether there are potential small businesses in Wyoming with the capabilities and experience to perform the work required to construct the Job Corps. Information received in response to the notice will be used to determine how future solicitations are issued.

The notice does not request proposals, and it does not describe the extent of the necessary work, but it does say the center in Riverton will consist of seven buildings with a total of about 161,000 gross square feet. Facilities will include a welcome center, an administrative building for wellness and student services, an educational and vocational building, a cafeteria and warehouse building, a recreation center, and a couple of two-story dormitories. The work also will include major site improvements like grading, general landscaping and utility connections, and construction is estimated to cost more than $10 million.

According to the DOL timeline, a construction contract is supposed to be awarded in early 2013, with construction beginning soon after that. Plans for operation of the Job Corps are expected to be formulated in 2014 so they are ready in time for center to be occupied in mid-2015.

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