Phase 1 work to begin on University Lakes project

Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 9:47 AM CDT
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The following information is from LSU:

Field work associated with the implementation of the University Lakes Project is set to begin next week.

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Consultants will conduct due diligence in and around the lakes as Phase 1 of the project gets underway. Phase 1 begins with bathymetric and stump identification surveys, geotechnical borings and sediment sampling; continues with a more detailed design of recommendations from the 2016 master plan; and concludes with construction to deepen and reshape four of the six lakes (City Park Lake, Eerie Lake, Campus Lake and College Lake) and construction of new paths and lighting around City Park Lake.

LSU Nature Center
LSU Nature Center(LSU)

C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates L.L.C. will perform bathymetric and stump identification surveys of all six lakes (i.e., the four aforementioned plus University Lake and Crest Lake) using a remote sensing technology and manned survey crews. In April, GeoEngineers will work from airboats, collecting geotechnical borings and conducting sediment sampling.

Lod Cook Commons
Lod Cook Commons(LSU)

This data will provide the consultant team with a better understanding of the make-up of the material at the bottom of the lakes. The project design teams, led by Sasaki and Stantec, will use this information to guide designs to deepen the lakes to improve water quality and their capacity to reduce flooding.

Water Quality Garden
Water Quality Garden(LSU)

The information will also be used to guide plans for enhancing the lakes for the benefit of the community by creating new greenspace, habitats, pathways and surrounding amenities. The design process will include many opportunities for community and stakeholder involvement, including open house meetings, on-site interactive installations, and online tools.

View of new May Street Park
View of new May Street Park(LSU)

The University Lakes Project is being implemented by University Lakes LLC, which was established by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation. Phase 1 is being funded by LSU, the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, the State of Louisiana and BREC.

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Visit for additional project information. Updates on the progress of the University Lakes Project will continue to be released publicly.


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