Entergy Louisiana is giving $1 million to LSU’s College of Engineering to provide a research laboratory and classroom complex.

LSU has raised more than $50 million to renovate Patrick F. Taylor Hall, which will be turned into a high-tech engineering complex that can compete with any other engineering school in the country. LSU and the state of Louisiana are part of a public-private partnership that calls for the state to match every dollar LSU raises.

The Entergy gift will help promote innovative research and teaching, according to the College of Engineering.

“Louisiana is a key area in the energy industry,” said Rick Koubek, dean and Bert S. Turner, chair in the College of Engineering. “This new lab and classroom complex, the first of its kind for Louisiana, will prepare graduates to address the energy challenges of the future.”

The number of trained power engineers is declining. The college plans to use Entergy’s gift to produce graduates to meet the growing needs of an increasingly complex energy industry.

The latest gift follows and builds on Entergy’s earlier $300,000 donation for equipment.