LSU opens $34M Chemistry and Materials Science Building
Gov. Bobby Jindal cut the ribbon today on LSU's new 85,000-square-foot, $34 million Chemistry and Materials Science Building, saying it "will provide a world-class learning and teaching environment that will draw students, faculty and researchers from Louisiana and around the world." The building has 140 work areas for faculty, and expands LSU's chemistry department space by 50% and the total research space by 63%. The state provided funding for the building, enough to erect the structure and complete the first four floors. The fifth floor will be completed in 2013, LSU officials say. "With the pipeline of major petrochemical projects in play for Louisiana, we expect to need even more high-quality chemists, researchers, and engineers to sustain and grow this industry," says Jindal, noting the chemical industry already employs about 30,000 in Louisiana. "Major investments by global companies, including Methanex, Dyno Nobel, Dow, ExxonMobil, and BASF, have selected Louisiana for major projects, and it's critical that our universities produce a qualified workforce for this growing industry. This new building will be a major driver to help produce more folks who can work in our state's chemical industry."
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