Shining concrete floors, rows of blue lockers and state-of-the-art classrooms will greet ninth-graders who begin school at H.L. Bourgeois High’s new freshman center this coming week.

The building, next to the existing school, is ready for students who would have attended Evergreen Junior High.

The 47,000-square-foot center is “second to none,” principal Matthew Hodson said during a ribbon cutting last week that drew more than 100 guests.

The center, which has 18 classrooms and several science and computer labs, is equipped with the latest educational technology, energy-efficient lights and insulation and a modern look.

The $10 million project was paid for with bond sale proceeds and money from a 1-cent sales tax in Terrebonne Parish.