Xavier University shares in BP Funds for tourism, seafood promotion

Xavier University shares in BP Funds for tourism, seafood promotion
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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 5:04am

 Xavier University of Louisiana has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the BP Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund for the promotion of the University’s new Convocation Center and adjacent Annex as a multi-use building for the community activities and tourism.

Officially opened in November 2012, the $25 million facility boasts more than 93,000 square feet of space that can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes, with seating ranging from 3,500 to 4,100 depending on the event. A state-of-the-art scoreboard includes four LED displays providing live and recorded video. A monumental staircase at the entrance leads to a high-end VIP suite, and a dramatic second floor pre-function area that allows views to the outdoor plaza below while providing natural daylight into the facility.

The Convocation Center is unique as there are no other facilities in the Mid-City area capable of hosting mid-level events, such as concerts, conventions, convocations, and sporting events. The Annex provides classroom and meeting room space.

The two buildings, which are anticipated to be LEED Silver Buildings and incorporate community connectivity, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycled and regional materials, and improved indoor air quality, are located across Washington Avenue from the main Xavier campus on a site bounded by Fern, and Stroelitz streets. A pedestrian bridge provides access from the main campus to the new building.

Twenty nonprofit organizations and government entities in Louisiana shared in more than $6.2 million funds awarded by BP to promote Gulf Coast tourism and the seafood industries impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. A total of 60 grants were awarded in four states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi) during this second round of the $57 Million program. Nearly $16 million was awarded during the first round, announced in 2012.

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