Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Patrick F. Taylor Hall, home to the university’s College of Engineering, is set to undergo a massive renovation and expansion project valued at around $100 million.
The Louisiana Governor’s Office recently announced a public-private partnership to overhaul Patrick F. Taylor Hall and turn it into a state-of-the-art engineering education complex. “Making sure we have the most skilled workforce in the world so we can attract the jobs of the future starts at our flagship university (..) That means making LSU a magnet to attract the best and brightest students, teachers and researchers from all over the world,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a plaboress release. He added “[it] is about fulfilling that goal and continuing on our mission to help LSU reach its full potential. The new engineering education complex will create a state-of-the-art learning environment to train the engineers of tomorrow and give them skills they need to find job opportunities here in Louisiana, which will help us continue to grow our economy.”
Built in 1977, Patrick F. Taylor Hall currently has a surface of 300,000 square feet. The announced project would renovate and upgrade the existing space and expand it by over 80,000 square feet. Due to its age, to Taylor Hall has suffered significant structural depreciation. The planned 80,000-square-foot addition would be dedicated to chemical engineering. Upon completion, the project is expected to include increased and upgraded laboratory teaching and translational research space, modernized and expanded student services and student space, dedicated capstone project space, an academic support center and additional multi-disciplinary student project space.
The architectural design phase is slated to start in December, with groundbreaking set for the fall of 2014. Work is expected to be wrap up by fall 2016.
The partnership would split the costs evenly, with the state providing $50 million in capital outlay funding, while the remaining $50 million needed would be raised through private donations. The College of Engineering has already raised $8 million, and it still has to amass more than five times that amount by groundbreaking.
Approximately 560 bachelor’s degrees are awarded every year at the LSU College of Engineering. In Louisiana engineers generally average salaries ranging between $83,000 and $108,000, plus benefits.
In the last four years the Jindal Administration has provided upwards of $600 million dollars for critical higher education infrastructure investments, including over $150 million for at LSU and the Baton Rouge research community.
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