Members of the community will have an opportunity to hear from specialists updating the University of Wyoming’s historic preservation master plan, and provide input, during two public discussions Thursday, Oct. 30.

The first, set from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union’s West Yellowstone Ballroom, is for UW employees and students. The second, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Laramie Plains Museum’s Alice Hardie Stevens Center, is for members of the broader community.

Any UW employees and students unable to attend the noon session are invited to attend the evening meeting. Likewise, members of the public who can’t make the evening session may attend the noon gathering.

At both meetings, representatives of The Design Studio Inc. (TDSi) of Cheyenne and professional historical preservation specialists will present their initial findings and recommendations on the plan to preserve UW’s historic features, including architectural guidelines. Those attending then will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions.

Earlier this year, UW commissioned TDSi to review the university’s 1999 historic preservation plan, and to assess all of the buildings constructed before 1980 on the main campus to identify significant architectural features and themes. The firm is helping the university develop architectural design standards for new and renovated buildings that preserve UW’s classical architecture tradition, and is assisting in developing a policy pertaining to the review of proposals to deconstruct any building that the study determines to be historic.