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Historic LSU buildings get a facelift

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BATON ROUGE - When the sun sets on Saturday nights in Death Valley, the cranes often rise on LSU's campus.

This week, the construction is to repair historic buildings in the quad like Atkinson and Prescott Hall, as well as the Nuclear Sciences building.

"I think it's important," said LSU student Hannah Dwyer.  "They've seen their glory days."

More than half of the buildings on LSU's campus are over a half-century in age, and the school has spent about $2.5 million every year for the last three years on repairs to some of those structures.

Much of the work has to do with fixing stucco, or the uniform Spanish tile roofing.  But all of it has one purpose; to maintain the school's image.

"Any school or any business, perception is one of your key things to control, maintain or promote, and the look of your campus, I think, certainly contributes to that, so I think it's key to LSU," said Andy Shaw, an art professor.

Buildings get priority based on the extent of the wear and tear. 

The next round of buildings to be worked on include Himes Hall, Coates Hall, David Boyd Hall and the Old President's House.


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