Thursday, July 25, 2024

Northwestern State University Campus Upgrades Progressing on Schedule

by BIZ Magazine

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University (NSU) is making significant strides in its campus enhancement projects, with concrete bases for Robert Alost Hall underway and the 18-month project progressing on schedule. According to Jennifer Kelly, NSU’s Executive Director of University Affairs, the construction is moving forward despite occasional setbacks due to inclement weather.

“Steel will start going up mid- to late February,” Kelly remarked. “It’s progressing, even considering several days of rain, they’ve been able to move forward.”

The university is also gearing up for the construction of the David and Sherry Morgan Sports Performance Center, with the contract already sent to the contractor pending approval from the state Office of Facility Planning and Control. Preliminary work, including utility marking and site preparation, will commence once the timeline is finalized.

Additionally, plans for roof and hood replacement for Fournet Hall are in the final stages of design, with bids expected to be released within the next six weeks. The university is also focusing on upgrading the rigging system in A.A Fredericks Auditorium, a project slated to begin in the next six weeks, coinciding with scheduled spring productions.

Elevator updates in Kyser Hall and Watson Library are ongoing, with a recent completion of an elevator project at the Shreveport campus awaiting final inspection.

Addressing campus infrastructure needs, stadium lights in Turpin Stadium are set for replacement by late spring, following lighting upgrades in Prather Coliseum completed last fall. NSU administrators are also proactively tackling campus maintenance issues, including pothole repairs and a trash can project in collaboration with the Student Government Association.

Furthermore, NSU has submitted comprehensive five-year capital outlay plans and funding proposals for fiscal year 2025 to the University of Louisiana System, outlining proposed construction projects for consideration during the upcoming legislative session convening in Baton Rouge on March 11.

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