BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU President F. King Alexander and Gov. Bobby Jindal officially broke ground on a new $110 million expansion and renovation of the engineering bulding.
The expansion is part of a state-led initiative to grow the number of engineering, computer science, and construction management professionals and accommodate existing student demand and future growth. The renovation to Pat Taylor Hall is scheduled for completion in the Fall 2017.
The renovation includes more classrooms, modern lab spaces, and new and better common areas. Officials say they couldn't have done it without great sponsors.
"All of them came forward and put 65 percent of the money on this table to support our students, to support our graduates, and to support what we're attempting to do here at LSU which is become one of the nation's best, if not the best, college of engineering in the United States," King said.
The plan is to merge Taylor Hall with the chemical engineering building next door, using an atrium walkway. When finished, it could be one of the largest free-standing engineering buildings in the U.S.