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Feb 4, 2014 8:09 AM by AP

LSU exceeds goal for engineering complex

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU has exceeded its goal of raising $50 million in private donations needed to renovate Patrick F. Taylor Hall. The plan is to turn it into a high-tech engineering complex that can compete with any other engineering school in the country.

Monday's announcement means LSU has held up its end in the $100 million public-private partnership first announced in October 2012. The partnership calls for the state to match every dollar LSU raises as part of the Breaking New Ground campaign.

The Advocate reports the Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates Louisiana will need to increase the number of engineers and construction management graduates by 30 percent over the next several years.

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