After the project was announced three years ago, the start date for the south end zone project was announced earlier this week.
In a press conference held Monday, Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice and Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced construction for the next phase in the Quest for Excellence project will start in the spring of 2014 and will be finished by the start of the 2015 football season.
The project was started in the summer of 2010 by Populous but the university made the move to TBA Studios a year ago to formulate Populous’ plans in a way that would fit the university’s needs.
McClelland said the south end zone project, which was announced in 2010, has reached 95 percent of funding needed for construction.
“We know that this project is vitally important to our student-athletes, our student body and our fans,” he said. “Through a lot of hard work by a lot of people, we are closing in on the actual construction of this state-of-the-art facility.”
The project, which McClelland said will cost more than $18 million, will feature a weight room that is double the size of the current one, 302 premium club seats, a stadium-style film room and a banquet room which will be available for student activities as well.
“I am truly excited about the impact that this facility is going to have on our campus and our entire region,” Guice said. “There is still much more to do in achieving our vision for ‘Quest for Excellence,’ but this is an exciting milestone and an important step in reaching our goal.”
The facility will be over 70,000 square feet and will enclose the south end zone completely.
However, 3,000 seats will have to be removed from Joe Aillet Stadium, which currently seats 31,000.
The leadership team for the project was chaired by Steve Davison, while Pro FootballHall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw and Community Trust Bank CEO Drake Mills served as members.
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