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Contact: Christine Payton Oct. 29, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is sizing up its housing options – both present and future.

The university received approval to request proposals that would outline the best strategic plan for renovating and/or replacing dormitories.

Specifically, the university is seeking a comprehensive, on-campus housing assessment including existing residential facilities and associated buildings and grounds. These proposals would be master residential plans for the renovation of existing residence halls and the construction of new housing halls. The university is seeking to house up to 5,000 students, graduate students, faculty, staff and their families.

“The proposals will consider which dorms need to be demolished, which need renovations and also the construction of new halls. They will give an overall plan for housing on campus,” said Edward Pratt, interim vice president for Student Affairs.

Approximately 1,565 students currently live on campus. That’s just shy of the maximum number of 1,700 beds available.

Traditional residence halls include Baker-Huger, Bonin, Evangeline, Harris and Randolph for female students and the Conference Center and Stokes Hall for male students. Legacy Park, apartment-style housing, is the newest option for students living on campus.

According to Housing Director Lisa Landry, a waiting list for Legacy Park is typical at the start of each fall semester.

“ We could have 300 to 400 students waiting to get into Legacy Park at the start of the fall semester,” she said. “I think parents still want to choose on campus housing for their children. There’s a safety net when a student lives on campus. They’ve got lots of services to help them succeed in college right near them.”

Over the past two years, all of the current residence halls received minor renovations including new ceiling tiles and new paint both inside and outside. Baker-Huger received a new roof and Bonin Hall bathrooms were totally renovated two years ago as well. And last year, the fourth floor of the Conference Center was renovated with the third floor being renovated now.

“ Ultimately, the university wants to provide modernized housing for its students. Many studies show that living on campus enhances and supports a student’s success in college,” said Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president. “We want to help our students succeed and we want to do this by engaging them. Living on campus helps facilitate that.”

Proposals will be opened on Jan. 12, 2010.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

Document last revised Tuesday, November 3, 2009 8:17 AM

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