11/17/2014 02:36 PM
BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander
and LSU College of Engineering Dean Rick Koubek joined honored guests to officially
break ground on the $110 million renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and construction
of a chemical engineering addition. Once finished, the expanded facility will be one
of the largest free-standing engineering buildings in the U.S.
“This is a great day for LSU and for our entire state,” said Jindal. “Since 2008,
we have invested more than $700 million for critical higher education investments,
including more than $150 million at LSU and in the Baton Rouge research community.
We made this commitment to improve learning environments for students because we know
our higher education system is critical in helping us ensure that we have a skilled
workforce in Louisiana. This new engineering complex is a great example of one of
these investments because, not only will it help us train our students for the great
engineering and computer science careers in our state, it will also meet the workforce
demands of our growing economy as more companies invest in Louisiana and create more
jobs in the years ahead.”
Scheduled for completion in fall 2017, the total amount of academic space for the
LSU College of Engineering impacted by this project will be 462,150 square feet.
“Thank you to Gov. Jindal, our state legislature, and all the donors who believed
in LSU enough to make our new Engineering Complex a reality,” said LSU President and
Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We’re proud that the LSU College of Engineering is
among the fastest growing engineering colleges in the nation. We are expecting to
see an increase of more than 150,000 engineering jobs nationally by 2022, and this
state-of-the-art facility and our expertly trained graduates are just a few examples
of how LSU provides much-needed solutions for not only our state, but the nation’s
workforce and innovation needs.”
The new and renovated engineering complex will include expanded, modern laboratory
space for teaching and translational research, a 250 seat auditorium, approximately
110,000 square feet of classrooms, a new student commons area, updated graduate student
space, an academic support center, a dedicated capstone project space, and new labs
including an interactive “classlab” and a sustainable living laboratory. The renovated
facility will be connected to the chemical engineering addition by a continuous atrium,
allowing students and visitors to observe teaching and research projects in action.
“On this historic day for the LSU College of Engineering, we break ground on the future
of education and research,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering. “This
new facility will not only provide a contemporary environment for computer scientists,
construction managers and engineers to learn, it will inspire a culture of innovation
among students and researchers working to solve the world's toughest engineering challenges.
We thank the Jindal Administration, the state legislature, and the more than 500 alumni,
donors and companies who helped to make this project a reality.”
Initiated by a public-private partnership, Jindal announced his administration’s support
of the college’s expansion with $50 million in capital outlay funding for the project
on Oct. 12, 2012, provided the college raised the remaining funds through private
In response, the “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign was launched publicly on April
20, 2013, with a $15 million gift commitment from Phyllis M. Taylor to honor the legacy
of Patrick F. Taylor.
In February 2014, LSU’s College of Engineering announced the successful completion
of the most successful, short-term fundraising effort in the history of LSU. Finishing
three months ahead of schedule, the “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign exemplified
a record-breaking show of support by more than 500 individual and corporate donors
who pledged $55 million in private funds to the LSU Foundation for the effort. Twenty
of the gifts received were for $1 million or more.
Architectural firms Coleman Partners, in partnership with Perkins+Will, were selected
to design the new home for LSU's engineering campus.
“The renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall is a total redefinition of a 1970’s educational
building into a student-centered educational facility,” said Dale M. Songy, architect,
AIA, principal, Coleman Partners. “The exterior design references the Italian Renaissance
architecture of Quadrangle, which will ultimately define the architecture of the future
LSU College of Engineering fall semester 2014 enrollment numbers totaled 5,606 for
undergraduate and graduate students. Student interest is estimated to grow ten percent
annually over the next three years, with and anticipated enrollment of 7,000 students
by fall semester 2017. As part of a state-led initiative to grow the number of engineering,
computer science and construction management professionals in Louisiana, the $110
million renovation and expansion will meet the growing student demand and future growth
in LSU’s College of Engineering.
About LSU’s College of Engineering
Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers eleven undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. In 2014, it became the largest academic college at LSU, the largest engineering program in Louisiana and the 18th largest in the nation. One-hundred-and-forty-four faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy, manufacturing, natural & built infrastructure, computation, biotechnology.
For more information about LSU’s College of Engineering visit www.eng.lsu.edu.
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014