August 18, 2011
Students Move In the New Baker Hall at UL Lafayette
The first day of school has come and gone for public and private school students, but Ragin Cajuns still have a little bit of time. Thursday, signs were evident that the first day of classes is near at UL Lafayette as students and facility celebrated the opening of a new dorm.
Students began moving into the brand new Baker Hall Thursday morning. The 462-bed facility is one of two dorms being built along Taft Street in the heart of UL’s campus. Crews worked quickly to build the dorm, taking less than a year to complete the project.
“The whole construction phase started in December once they got approval and finances were established. So it went up pretty quickly” says Greg Zerangue, ULL Associate Dean of Students.
The reaction from both parents and students so far has been positive. The total cost of the two-building project is 30 million dollars. All financed by public bonds. The four-story building features a state-of-the-art access control access system and 24-hour security. The dorm also fosters a learning community for business students.
“There are going to be programs during the week for them to get engaged with each other outside of the classroom, but also with the moody college of business with academic advising or professors actually coming to talk to them outside of the classroom setting.”
The second dorm, Huger Hall, is currently under construction. It is expected to open at the start of the upcoming spring semester.
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