UW gets $10 million gift for Center for Natural History & Conservation
February 6, 2007
(Laramie, Wyoming) – The University of Wyoming has received a $10 million gift to create a new center for natural history and conservation. The money was given by Robert and Carol Berry in the name of the Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation. The new building will be named the Robert and Carol Berry Center for Natural History and Conservation. The $10 million gift from Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation for the University of Wyoming, of which Robert Berry is trustee, is the largest single cash gift in UW history. Their gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state of Wyoming.
The new center will bring together the university's botany and zoology collections, the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, the Solheim Mycology Herbarium, the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, and the Nucleic Acid Exploration Facility into a $20 million, 40,000 square-foot facility to be built on land currently occupied by the university's old power plant on Lewis Street. More than half of the center will be devoted to shared research and educational outreach, offices, classrooms, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, and a demonstration area.
Construction is projected to begin in 2008, with completion in summer 2010.
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