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LSU Union renovations complete

4 years ago March 04, 2011 Mar 4, 2011 Friday, March 04 2011 Friday, March 04, 2011 4:16:50 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - After a three year delay, construction and renovations are complete in the LSU student union.

The project was delayed 96 times because of change orders. Work was also slow because the union never closed during construction.

Students will continue to pay a $89 a semester fee to pay for the construction and renovations. Students are expected to make those payments for the next 20-25 years.

Paul Jack has been enrolled at LSU since 2004. He left for a short time for active military duty. Unlike some other students, Jack doesn't mind paying for something he will utilize in the future.

"I think it's great that it's finally finished. Although I may not get to enjoy it that much, it's great for the university. It's great for the students and I think it's great for the alumni for having something to come back to and know that your money is going to something that's well spent," Jack said.

The total cost of the project was $83.7 million. That's $30 million more than originally estimated because of inflated construction costs following hurricane Katrina.

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