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LSUA Quad Size to Double

Released: 11/04/2008

Demolition of the old tennis courts at LSU at Alexandria to create space for an expanded campus quad area will take place in the next few days, announced David Wesse, vice chancellor for finance and administrative services. The quad eventually will double in size.

Removal of the tennis courts at the rear of the campus should be completed by the end of the month. The new tennis courts behind the Fitness Center will not be affected.

Wesse also said the walking trail will be lengthened northward from the existing trail and follow the entire perimeter of campus.

“Careful consideration has been given to landscaping, wildlife and green-space aspects of the expanded quad. We’ll be able to save three of the largest elm trees and several of the larger ligustrum bushes on the east side of the tennis courts, and the pines, pears and crape myrtles will be left in place,” Wesse said. Members of the LSUA biology faculty will make recommendations on the use of native trees when the tennis courts are removed.

The enlarged quad is part of a major construction project at LSUA that includes a 70,000 square foot multi-purpose Academic Center on the south side of the quad. Numerous classrooms and offices, a black box theatre and other fine arts facilities will be included in the new building, which will be the largest at LSUA. Construction on the Academic Center is scheduled to start next year and be finished in 2011.

When the Academic Center is completed the portion of Jerry Myrick Dr. that connects Middleton Dr. and Grady Britt Dr. will be removed and drainage ditches filled in to complete the expanded quad. “One way to comprehend this is to envision the existing plaza fountain almost exactly in the geographic center of the much larger quad area,” Wesse said.