The Lemoine Company celebrated groundbreaking ceremonies on the Louisiana State University Business Education Complex on the Baton Rouge campus.
The memorable ceremony was attended by a large crowd of guests, including dignitaries Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, and LSU Chancellor Michael Martin.
Hosted by Martin and E. J. Ourso College Dean, Eli Jones, the event took place on the project site at what was the parking lot east of Patrick F. Taylor Hall (formerly CEBA).
“We made this historic investment because it was a tremendous step to strengthen the future of our flagship university,” Jindal said. “Indeed, this groundbreaking marks an important commitment to helping LSU develop into a highly competitive institution rivaling the very best universities in the world. This project is truly a partnership between the private sector and the public sector—and it demonstrates our shared vision of producing first-class entrepreneurs of the next generation right here in Louisiana.”
In November 2009, Jindal announced the state’s commitment of $30 million in capital outlay funds for the facility, which immediately authorized the opening of the construction bid process. The winning bid was submitted by Lemoine, whose last project on campus was the Cox Communications Center for Student Athletes.
The $39.9 million project consists of the construction of four new structural steel buildings totaling approximately 156,385 sf which will serve to educate the best and brightest young people of the state of Louisiana. Its architecture will stand out amongst the other buildings on campus.
The new complex will hold classroom space for undergraduate students, graduate students, a large public space with café and faculty dining, faculty offices and support spaces, an auditorium, and offices for administrative staff.
Lemoine is proud to partner with Brasfield & Gorrie and Joint Venture architects Coleman Partners, Architects/IKON.5 and is appreciative of the support from the LSU community
Construction is due to be complete in December of 2011.