Sen. Mike Enzi, Gov. Matt Mead and University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity explained the importance of the newly completed Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility during its official grand opening Tuesday.

“Sen. Enzi, to you and to your family, this is a celebration we start today, but it is a celebration that will go for decades and decades, because think of all the bright young students coming through here and what will be in their minds and the changes they will make and discoveries they will make,” Mead said. “To me, that is why it’s so exciting — to see what these students will do with this experience. And every one that will go through here — they will know this is the Michael B. Enzi STEM building.”

Enzi was a key member in getting funding for the facility through the Abandoned Mined Land fund and is a proponent of the STEM fields.

“Wyoming has more patents per capita than any other state.

“That’s because it already learns science, technology, engineering and math, and this facility will only help that to grow,” Enzi said. “I just want to thank you for the memories — I’ve never been so honored.”

After nearly three years of work and $50 million, the building opened to students in January and is now a key facility for several departments.

“If you look at this and think about the volume of students that come through — there’s 900 students in here at any given time, night or day,” said Mel Muldrow, administrator of the Wyoming Construction Management Division. “That’s 8,000-10,000 students a day. And if you look at the old classroom building, this is like the difference between a Lamborghini and a Volkswagen.”

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