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$2 million gift for LSU Engineering Complex

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BATON ROUGE - Roy O. Martin and the Martin family are giving $2 million for a new Engineering Complex at LSU.

The donation will help with the $100 million public-private project to renovate and expand Patrick F. Taylor Hall.

So far, the engineering school has raised about $30 million for the project.

The renovation of Taylor Hall and the addition of a new annex will more than double the space for the LSU College of Engineering.

"We desperately need more room. As a student, I've noticed that some classes have chairs thrown in the back so students can fit with the growing number," said Chelsea Meaux.

Governor Jindal highlighted the importance of the new engineering education complex in terms of the role the new facility will play in growing a skilled workforce in the areas of engineering, construction management and computer science.

"Today's annoucement is more than just brick and mortar, it's going to allow us to continue to more our economy forward. To make sure workforce continues to grow," said Governor Bobby Jindal.

LSU is the largest degree-granting engineering program in Louisiana, accounting for roughly 50 percent of all engineering and construction management graduates in the state.

LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said, "We thank the Martin family for their generous commitment to the LSU College of Engineering, as well as their years of support to LSU in so many ways. Meeting the demand for high-quality engineers is a priority for our state and for LSU. This expansion will provide a first-class facility for our students and will ensure continued success."


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