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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 6, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Limited number of commemorative bricks from Rose Garden dorms will be available for purchase
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s plan to increase student housing and develop living-learning communities on campus is continuing.

Demolition of three student housing buildings in the Rose Garden Complex has begun.
Baker-Huger Hall, Bonin Hall and Evangeline Hall will be replaced to create space for 882 students. These buildings were constructed in 1950, 1962 and 1939, respectively, and were home to hundreds of students throughout the years.

A special commemorative brick is being created for these students. “We thought this would be a special momento for our alumni,” said David Comeaux, interim director of Development at UL Lafayette.

Each brick will have an engraved plate bearing the building name and lifespan. Cost will be $100. A limited number will be available through the Development Office.

Comeaux said anyone interested in placing an order should call the Development Office at (337) 482-0922 or send an email to gift@louisiana.edu.

Two new residences will replace the three buildings being demolished within the Rose Garden, which is bordered by University Avenue, Hebrard Boulevard and Boucher and McKinley streets.

Bill Crist, director of Facilities Management at UL Lafayette, said the new buildings in the Rose Garden will complement the remaining buildings: Harris, Randolph and Buchanan Halls.

Harris Hall will be renovated to provide 122 beds. Randolph Hall will become a student activity and learning center with high-tech classrooms. Buchanan Hall, the oldest building in the Rose Garden, will provide flexible campus office space.

Alumni Hall will also be renovated and will continue to house The Vermilion, UL Lafayette’s student newspaper.

Earlier this semester, more than 460 students moved into Baker Hall along Taft Street. Students are expected to move into neighboring Huger Hall in time for the Spring 2012 semester. A total of 930 students will live in these two structures.

These improvements, along with an updated and expanded Student Union, are part of a comprehensive, strategic plan for the university’s development. That plan calls for increased support of first-year and non-traditional students to help reach goals of increased enrollment and higher graduation rates.

Document last revised Tuesday, September 6, 2011 3:30 PM

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