Posted: Oct 15, 2010 7:07 PM by Heather Harel, Rachel Frost
Updated: Oct 15, 2010 7:13 PM
Renovations to one of LSU’s oldest buildings could be on hold because of economic development. Instead, the money would be spent on the Nucor plant coming to St. James Parish.
The money was supposed to pay for redesigning old engineering shops in LSU’s art department. Director of facility development Emmett David said the school has been working on plans to remodel for nearly 20 years. Now, those plans are on hold again because of the potential construction budget cut.
Without money, the University can’t move forward with designing the renovations. David, however, said the building needs repairs.
“It just needs air conditioning. It needs modernized toilets. Our facilities, our chilled water, our steam and our power are antiquated. It just needs to be renovated. After 85 years of age, it’s time,” said David.
Chipped paint on windows and brick floors give the old building character, something many want to keep when the facility is repaired.
LSU plans to renovate the building but doesn’t have a timeline for when. Cutting money from state construction projects will generate $30 million for Nucor. The State Bond Commission and legislators have to approve the plans.