Southeastern in planning stages for new technology building
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is in the planning stages for a new building that will house computer science, industrial technology and a new degree program in engineering technology.
Originally approved as a $15.8 million project, the university’s request to build the Computer Science and Technology Facility has been amended to $21.6 million.
Southeastern has requested that the project move forward with the architectural selection process, said President Randy Moffett. The new facility, expected to be an estimated 63,200 square feet, will feature state-of-the-art laboratory space, faculty offices, lecture and classroom facilities designed to meet the national accreditation requirements.
“This facility will provide a new home for Southeastern’s growing academic fields in technology,” said President Randy Moffett. “This is an academic building that’s greatly needed, especially with the recent approval by the state Board of Regents for our new engineering technology degree program.
“Over the next several years, we anticipate this new engineering technology program – along with our existing programs in computer science and industrial technology -- will generate a significant number of graduates with the skills, knowledge and expertise in technology that are needed for our workforce and to enhance the economic development of the region,” he added.
The new degree program in engineering technology is awaiting final approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Four concentrations of specialized technological study will be offered through the program: industrial engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and construction engineering.
Moffett thanked Southeastern’s legislative delegation for its assistance in moving the request along in the state’s capital outlay process and ensuring that it was contained in the legislation authorizing state building projects.
“Over the past decade, our legislators have worked together on behalf of Southeastern to obtain more than $80 million in new academic buildings and renovations that were sorely needed on campus,” he said. “Those new facilities have transformed our campus into a modern, technology-rich institution.”