Patrick F. Taylor Hall Overview
In December 2017, the LSU College of Engineering will complete the last phase of a $110 million renovation of 300,000 square feet in Patrick F. Taylor Hall (PFT) and the expansion of a new 110,000-square-foot Chemical Engineering Annex. The expanded, renovated complex houses the majority of the engineering departments, as well as the college’s administration.
Large capstone labs and integrated fabrication shops will support interdisciplinary work. In all, the building will have 436,691 square feet of usable, assignable space. There will be:
- 41,202 square feet of student collaboration space
- 134,969 square feet of teaching and laboratory space
- 1,576 classroom seats
- 272 faculty and staff offices
Upon completion, PFT will be the largest academic building in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest freestanding college of engineering buildings in the United States.
Additionally, the college moved into 22,750 square feet of renovated space in the Engineering Laboratory Annex Building (ELAB). This space includes a 2,500-square-foot, donor-funded design classroom for the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Program, as well as environmental engineering, construction management, and industrial engineering labs. Research conducted in the labs includes safety in work zones, examining driving behavior of distracted drivers, testing driver reactions and performance under varying categories of hurricane winds, and development of a connected vehicles simulation test-bed.
The college also maintains the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer (PERTT) Laboratory, which provides a versatile research environment for performing multiphase flow experiments on field scale tubulars at high pressures. This is an industrial-scale facility, having full-scale equipment and instrumentation for conducting research related to petroleum technology.
The PERTT Lab’s large but flexible infrastructure allows faculty to rapidly move to meet the demands of a diverse petroleum industry. Indeed, the college continues building on the legacy of drilling instruction and research excellence while expanding into production and surface operations teaching and research, as evidenced by the adjacent 3,200-square-foot classroom building.
To see photos of the construction progress, visit our Flickr album or search for #LSUPFT on Twitter and Instagram.