Jindal announces $100 million project for LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State University College of Engineering will soon get new digs- state of the art digs. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced the state is teaming up with private industries to create a new engineering complex.

The public/private partnership will drastically renovate and add to the current Patrick Taylor Hall which currently houses LSU engineering students.

The partnership is similar to the one that helped create the new LSU School of Business.

Governor Jindal made the announcement Tuesday on the school's campus. The governor said LSU is not only relying on private businesses to help them build a cutting edge facility, but also help in making it a success.

"We're looking for the business groups that are here not only to provide dollars for bricks and mortar but also to hire these students and provide internship opportunities," Governor Jindal said. "To help and provide input to the curriculum, but also to make sure that they're here on the campus not only for career or recruiting days but also before then."

The Dean of the LSU College of Engineering says the school will have to add 30 percent more engineering grads to the workforce just to keep up with in-state demand for engineers.

LSU Interim System President and LSU Chancellor William Jenkins says cooperation is key.

"We now turn to the alumni and friends to be our partner in the Patrick F. Taylor Hall Engineering Complex. Our friends are integral for developing world class facilities which in turn helps LSU provide better education and research experiences and, that in turn, serves Louisiana," Jenkins said.

In making the announcement, Governor Jindal said the Engineering College currently graduates roughly 560 bachelor's graduates per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates.

In Louisiana, engineering salaries range from $83,000 to $108,000, plus benefits, according to statistics provided by the Governor's office.

The new and renovated complex will include labs for teaching as well as research, and other so-called "enhanced" spaces for training.

Construction is set to begin in the Fall of 2014.

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