Southeastern students to see enhancements on campus

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Campus construction
by: Rene Abadie

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES AT SLU – Construction continues on the Science and Technology Building at Southeastern Louisiana University. The new building is expected to be ready by the fall semester of 2017. Other developments greeting students on their return to classes include construction of a new park and parking lot on Oak Street.

     HAMMOND – Students who arrive at Southeastern Louisiana University for the start of classes this week will be greeted with several changes to the campus landscape.
     The newly renovated Student Union will see the re-opening of Popeye’s Fried Chicken and a new “fresh grab and go” concept called The Marketplace located in the Student Union next to the bookstore.
     “Popeye’s has been a traditional favorite of students on campus, and our students no doubt will be pleased to see it back in operation,” said Robin Parker, director of Marketing and Strategic Services for Southeastern’s Auxiliary Services, “and more than likely a few faculty and staff members too.”
     The Marketplace, she explained will focus on fresh food, including fruit and produce, prepared sandwiches, salads and wraps, Jamba Go Smoothies, as well as other items.
     Later in the semester, a new Subway Café is scheduled to open in Tinsley Annex. Slightly different from a traditional Subway with expanded offerings, the restaurant will serve as a meeting place and will feature the standard Subway menu as well as various coffees and pastries with soft seating and inviting décor.
     Meanwhile, construction continues on the $24.4 million science and technology building on the southeast corner of the campus. The new building will be the primary home of the university’s computer science and industrial technology programs. It is expected to be ready by the fall semester of 2017.
     In the same general area, the old tennis courts have been removed to make way for a new passive recreation park. Currently lights are being installed and other elements such as benches, picnic tables and bicycle racks are being added, thanks to grant funding from the Student Government Association.
     A new parking lot on North Oak and Dakota streets is nearing completion and is expected to be ready early in the fall semester. The new lot will provide approximately 120 new parking spaces for upper class students.
     In Garrett Hall, home of the College of Business, renovations include an expanded lobby allowing additional space for students to study and work together on class projects. Funded through private donations, the enhancements also include new furniture, flooring and added lighting.

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