Wyoming Life Resource Center administrators hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in Lander on Tuesday, digging in for the future.
City officials along with Governor Matt Mead took the first dig to kick off construction at the Wyoming Life Resource Center upgrades.
"This is a fantastic development for the most vulnerable citizens in Wyoming," said Governor Mead at the ceremony.
The Wyoming Life Resource Center has been an intermediate care facility since 1995 and administrators said that won’t change.
“But we’re going to upgrade their facilities to meet the modern demands of running that.”
The upgrades will help with treatments and benefit clients as they learn to take care of themselves.
Wyoming Life Resource Center Administrator Jeremy Forbis commented, "Certainly the evolution of how we take care of our most were not vulnerable clients has changed in the last hundred years that we’ve been open for a very long time it was caretaking and at this point what we’re really trying to do is improve the quality of life."
The upgrades include a skilled nursing facility with therapeutic equipment, a pool and ten new temporary housing units.
“Every house will be about 10 to 11,000 ft.² with two private bedrooms with their own private bath will also have a therapy recreational therapy center.”
Administrators told News 13 most of funds from the 132 million dollar project will stay in Wyoming.
“We are very fortunate on this project that some 90% of the work is being done by in-state contractors and then state employees.”
Clients have been moved to outside buildings so groundwork can begin.
The project will take two years to complete and contractors expect to finish by autumn 2020.