BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of the New Laboratory Building at LSU’s Animal and Food Sciences Center.
Governor Jindal said, “Since taking office, we’ve been committed to helping our higher education institutions improve their facilities and learning environment for our students. That’s why we’ve worked with the Legislature to appropriate and finance more than a half a billion dollars in critical higher education infrastructure investments. The new laboratory space will put LSU at the forefront of animal and food science research across the nation and help our flagship university attract the best and brightest students in the nation.”
The New Laboratory Building is Phase 2 of a five-phase plan to renovate and modernize facilities for the LSU Ag Center’s Animal Sciences, Veterinary Science and Food Science departments. The New Laboratory Building will be a 48,150-square-foot, two-story laboratory building, which is connected to the Animal Sciences Building and the Food Science Building. The total cost of Phase 2 is $21.37 million and the Jindal Administration committed $20.37 million towards the renovation project.
The Jindal administration has invested more than $130 million into the LSU and the Baton Rouge research community for projects including the Choppin Hall Annex Chemistry and Materials Science Building, the new clinical research building at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and the new Business Education Complex.
At the groundbreaking, the Governor highlighted the importance of agriculture to Louisiana’s economy and investments made by his administration to grow the agriculture-based economy.
Governor Jindal said, “This investment and new building are about more than just succeeding in the classroom, they are about preparing our students for the workforce. Agriculture is a major segment of Louisiana’s economy, and we have created and saved thousands of jobs by making critical investments in Louisiana agriculture. The New Laboratory Building is an important asset to support existing and new agribusiness companies looking to expand their operations in Louisiana. These very companies will in turn be in a position to provide jobs for students graduating from the LSU Ag Center.”