- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Construction on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student union remains on schedule to be completed by the end of the year.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1e94t8a ) current work on the building includes completion of the building envelope - the glass work, storefront, curtain wall, brick veneer, metal wall panels and everything else that closes in the building from the elements.

Jack Craft, the project superintendent, said “all of the guts of the building” are in place.

Demolition of the original student union building, constructed in 1971, began at the end of 2012. The $36 million renovation and expansion project is part of the UL Master Plan and is being funded by self-assessed student fees.

The new building will include 128,000 square feet and will be closer to McKinley Street than the previous building to allow for more green space overlooking Cypress Lake at the back of the building.

“It should be the hub and the heartbeat of the campus from what I can see,” Craft said. “You’ve got the cafeteria, the dining area, all the office areas, the bookstore. You’ve also got the ballroom, the theater, so you’re going to have a little bit of everything that is going to affect the life of everyone around it.”


Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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