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Nov 1, 2011 11:22 PM by Shawn Kline

UL's 15-year plan coming to life

On Wednesday, architects will unveil their 15-year-plan for UL's campus and some of the changes won't affect just students:

"We're bridging through (former) Lourdes to create a biomedical research place and then the transition begins to take place from an applied research perspective," Steve Oubre explained.

Oubre and his team at Architects Southwest outline a 15-year-plan for UL's campus and it involves some destruction; Blackham Coliseum? Gone. The former Regional Hospital? That's gone too. Both, making room for more classrooms.

"The university is thinking about trying to create a connected campus," Oubre said. "Today, it's perceived as being two properties- one being the academic and the other, the university common."

That's just one challenge for planners. Another is connecting UL's campus from Cajundome Blvd. to St. Mary.

"The plan is a strategy to locate parking on the perimeter of campus where students arrive." Oubre says, "they park and walk in... and every walk would be at the most, ten minutes away."

A walk from Cajun Field for example, would be quite a hike. That's why the plan calls for a little taste of New Orleans: trams instead of busses.

"Roughly 3/4 of the students park at Cajun Field to come to the university." Oubre says, "while it is not a long walk, it is an uncomfortable ride (in shuttle busses) and the experience is not positive."

For the Cajun fans out there, the plan is also increasing the capacity at Cajun Field and adding suites to the north endzone.
The complete package will be on display Wednesday night at Wharton Hall.

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