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LSUA Multipurpose Academic Center 40% Completed

Released: 06/09/2010

The $10.9 million Multipurpose Academic Center on the LSU Alexandria campus is approximately 40 percent completed and slated for a June 2011 opening, announced Bob Karam, executive director of facility services. Construction of the three-story 70,000-square-foot building began in June last year.

“Everything is on schedule.” Karam said. “We have been very pleased with the workmanship and pace of construction.”

The new building, which is funded through the state capital outlay budget, will be the largest on campus. “It will literally change the LSUA landscape and provide a comprehensive educational environment for students and faculty,” said Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. “It’s a building that will permanently enhance the education of our students.”

The building will contain 12 classrooms seating 30, two classrooms seating 48, two classrooms seating 85, and a “methods” classroom seating 30. It also will feature a computer/writing lab for 20 students with a separate study room for six, a painting/drawing room for 30, a photography suite and darkroom with lecture/work area for 20, and a ceramics studio for 24, including a kiln room and outdoor ceramics yard.

The Multipurpose Academic Center will include a black box theatre seating 175, chorale and theatre rehearsal room, archival storage for the LSUA permanent art collection, and three office/studios for arts instructors. Four academic department office suites and 58 faculty offices will be in the building.

The campus quadrangle will double in size when the building is finished, and additional landscaping will enlarge the area’s green space.

Migues Deloach Co. is the contractor, and Ashe Broussard Weinzettle is the architect. The building, which will be the first major addition to the LSUA campus in 30 years, was bid more than $3.5 million lower than the project budget authorized by the state. Construction time was set at 730 working days.