The Wyoming Game and Fish Department broke ground on its new regional office building in Cody last week, marking the beginning of a one-year period of construction. The groundbreaking comes after a …
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department broke ground on its new regional office building in Cody last week, marking the beginning of a one-year period of construction. The groundbreaking comes after a decade of planning to bring a community facility to the Cody area that the Game and Fish says will best serve the public.
BH, Inc. — which won an $8.8 million contract for the job in February — began excavation less than a mile north of Cody, along Wyo. Highway 120. The property sits on the southwest side of the highway, across from the intersection of Wyo. 120 and Road 2ABN.
“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.”
The building is expected to be completed by June or July 2022.
The public may also notice an increased presence of Game and Fish personnel at the construction area. Local staff and a project engineer from Game and Fish Headquarters in Cheyenne will be on-site regularly as the project progresses.
“Game and Fish is excited to invest in the Big Horn Basin,” Smith said. “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.”
The department’s current facility is located just south of Cody on Wyo. 120, and was built when the Game and Fish had far fewer employees.
The new building will include a large ADA compliant meeting room, an aquatic invasive species check station (which will replace the current North Cody location), provide 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.
Visit wgfd.wyo.gov/Regional-Offices/Cody-Region/cody-office for more information on the project or to sign up for email updates.