HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Representatives of Southeastern Louisiana University and other officials gathered together this morning to announce construction of a new $24.4 million computer science and technology facility.
The 70,000 square foot building will be built near the intersection at North Oak and Dakota streets. The project will be paid for through state Capital Outlay funds; no university operating funds will be used in construction.
The project has been in the development stages since 2007, said Southeastern President John L. Crain.
"This facility is greatly overdue. Our computer science, engineering technology, industrial technology, and occupational, safety, health and environment programs have expanded significantly in recent years as more students are drawn to the employment opportunities in Louisiana associated with these professions," he said. "The faculty and students have been operating with limited space. The new facility will greatly enhance the classroom and specialized lab space needed to provide modern instructional opportunities to our students."
The new building will be built on the site of Southeastern Hall, which will be taken down later this year. Total construction time is estimated at 17 months, making the facility possibly ready for the fall 2017 semester.
The facility will house components of several programs, including computer science, information technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, and occupational, safety, health and environment programs.
"We are thrilled that we will now have a first-rate facility for these programs," said Dan McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology. "We have first-rate faculty and students already, so this facility will only help to strengthen our programs even more. It is also gratifying that Southeastern is being recognized as a leader for computing and technology programs in the state. This is a direct testament to all the hard work and dedication of our faculty."
Architect for the project is Holly and Smith of Hammond.