Patrick F. Taylor Hall Renovation Expects No Delays, Despite Fire

The LSU College of Engineering does not expect, at this time, any major delays in its timeline to renovate and expand Patrick F. Taylor Hall, the school's main facility, despite a rooftop fire Tuesday night.

On Jan.19, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a fire at Patrick F. Taylor Hall, which is currently undergoing an extensive construction project. By 9:10 p.m., it had been contained and extinguished.

The fire, which was caused by hot tar and asphalt materials used to install part of the new roof earlier that day, started above the mechanical penthouse on the North side of the building. The damage caused by the blaze was confined to this particular area and did not affect any part of the building that’s still in use or any other part of the new construction.

Furthermore, no one was injured, and all employees were cleared to return to work the following morning.

The first phase of the construction project will reach completion this summer, and the second and final phase is projected to reach completion by Fall 2017. 


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