Gov. Mead appoints Evanston man to school's facilities board

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Tom Farrens, AIA, of Evanston, has been appointed by Gov. Matt Mead to serve on the State of Wyoming’s School Facilities Commission (SFC). He will finish out the final two years of a vacated seat and will then continue to serve a full four-year term.

The SFC was established by the Wyoming State Legislature in 2002 to oversee the planning, assessing, financing, construction and maintenance of all Wyoming public school facilities.

The SFC ensures that adequate and equitable public education facilities are provided throughout the state. Since the 2011 Biennium the SFC has overseen a budget over a $1.5 billion for school facilities. The SFC consists of seven voting members.

Farrens has been a Project Manager for Wember, Inc. since 2014. He is currently serving as owner’s representative on the Shoshone Rose Casino expansion in Lander, and the new construction of the Riverside Middle and High School and Laura Irwin Elementary School, both located in Basin.

Farrens is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the chair of the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission. He holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He has acquired program certifications from Contractor Quality Management (CQM) and the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate.

Prior to his employment at Wember, Tom practiced architecture in Wyoming and Idaho for 13 years. He is licensed in both states.

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