SLU announces computer, tech building _lowres

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Participating in the announcement of the new science and technology building at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Sept. 3 are, from left, Jeffrey Smith, of the architectural firm Holly and Smith of Hammond; Southeastern Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg; Mark Beckers, of Holly and Smith; Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; Director of Facility Planning Ken Howe; Rep. Steve Pugh; Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy; Vice President for Administration and Finance Sam Domiano; Interim Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology Lu Yuan; Rep. Chris Broadwater; and Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates.

Representatives of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and other officials gathered Sept. 3 to announce construction of a new $24.4 million computer science and technology facility.

The 70,000-square-foot building will be built near the intersection at North Oak and Dakota streets and will be paid for through state capital outlay funds, a news release said.

The project has been in development since 2007, Southeastern President John L. Crain said.

The facility will be built on the site of Southeastern Hall, which will be demolished later this year. Construction time is estimated at 17 months.

The facility will house components of several programs, including computer science, information technology, engineering technology, industrial technology and occupational, safety, health and environment programs.

Architect for the project is Holly and Smith of Hammond.