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Former hospital in Arnaudville is focal point of college project

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LSU students meet outside the former St. Luke Community Hospital facility / Courtesy: Jacqueline Cochran of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective LSU students meet outside the former St. Luke Community Hospital facility / Courtesy: Jacqueline Cochran of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective
Students and Louisiana French speakers discuss possible uses of the facility / Courtesy: Jacqueline Cochran of NUNU Arts and Culture Students and Louisiana French speakers discuss possible uses of the facility / Courtesy: Jacqueline Cochran of NUNU Arts and Culture
ARNAUDVILLE, La. -

The former St. Luke Community Hospital facility is the subject of a joint LSU College of Design senior class project that concludes this December with completed landscape and interior design proposals, provided at no cost to the parish.

Twenty-four students met Friday, first at Tee Tiny Houses of Arnaudville for discussions on possible site uses, and then regrouped at the former hospital facility for a walk-through.

Ideas discussed included: re-design of the space utilizing furniture and materials on hand for multipurpose use including dormitory space, administrative offices, research archive, sustainable landscaping including a walking path, community/social space.

Architect and LSU Professor of Interior Design T.L. Richie said the mock-exercise of taking an actual vacant building and treating it as a "real client" permits students the experience of actual processes. Richie thanked St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot for his support and assistance with this invaluable teaching opportunity.

Huey Wyble, director of the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce, said he hopes students will consider presenting their designs in Arnaudville. Fontenot said the former hospital facility could be made available for the public to walk through in conjunction with a student presentation of designs.

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