The College of Engineering has received the largest private donation in it’s history with the announcement of a $15 million gift to renovate the Patrick F. Taylor Hall at LSU.

Phyllis M. Taylor, LSU College of Engineering Breaking New Ground campaign co-chair, announced the $15 million gift to honor the legacy of Patrick F. Taylor. The gift will help toward the $100 million public/private partnership to support the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and construction of a chemical engineering facility, according to a press release from LSU.

“Launched publicly on April 20, 2013, the Breaking New Ground campaign will support the next generation of engineering education at LSU and holds great promise for a stronger College of Engineering. The campaign website,, offers information on elevating the level of engineering excellence in Louisiana,” according to the press release.

The architectural design phase will start in December 2013. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2014 and is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2017.