Wyoming Game and Fish To Break Ground on Cody Office
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 28, 2021
Wyoming Game and Fish’s new Cody office – designed with community engagement in mind – is ready to break ground and start construction.
The ground will be broken for the new Cody regional office later this week. For the Wyoming Game and Fish, this is the culmination of a decade of planning for a “community facility.”
“The public should expect to see activity and heavy equipment at the site for the duration of construction. The initial phases of construction will include utility installation, site excavation, and concrete work,” said Dan Smith, Cody regional wildlife supervisor. “It is anticipated that the building will be dried in by fall so interior work can occur during the winter months.”
Once the ground is broken this week, the construction should take a year to complete, ending in Summer 2022.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission purchased a 21.71-acre lot off the Belfry Highway for the new office in 2019. If locals see an increased amount of construction and vehicles in the area, it’s for the new building.
Plan One Architects of Cody designed the two-story structure. The final cost of construction will be between $5 and $10 million.
Increasing accessibility and education have been priorities of the new building since the beginning. The new Cody Regional Office will have a large ADA-compliant meeting room for events, classes for regional hunters, and increasing outreach throughout northwest Wyoming.
The new facility will also include an aquatic invasive species check station, replacing the current North Cody location. Additional features include more parking space for hunters and boaters pulling trailers and more space at the front counter to accommodate customers, among other benefits to the public.
“Game and Fish is excited to invest in the Big Horn Basin. The new regional office building in Cody will replace an old, failing facility and will allow Game and Fish to provide better services to the public,” Smith said.
You can follow the construction of the new office on the Wyoming Game and Fish website.