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Construction to continue over summer

May 16, 2014

 

Tim Brandon, lead architect on the endzone facility, expects to have the foundation for the weight room poured this summer. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations

Tim Brandon, lead architect on the endzone facility, expects to have the foundation for the weight room poured this summer. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations



WILL TRAHAN
Staff Reporter

As the school year wraps up and students get ready to leave for summer, the preparation for a new athletic facility is under way.

As students might have seen from the construction equipment at the stadium, the workers are now removing the bleachers from the south side of the stadium.

The workers have also brought in equipment to start the excavating of the hill that the new facility will soon occupy.

“We have set a target date for the project to be completed in the summer of 2015,” said Tommy McClelland, Louisiana Tech athletics director.

The idea of this leg of the “Quest for Excellence” is to have a multi-purpose facility to house a new strength and conditioning facility twice the size of the existing one.

This facility will be used by all 16 of Tech’s athletic programs and will overlook the field of Joe Aillet Stadium.

In addition to a weight room, this floor will also have the football locker room and equipment room.

“By the end of the summer, I think we will have the foundation for the weight room poured,” said Tim Brandon, the lead architect on this facility.

His company, TBA Studios, has done many jobs worldwide, and Brandon himself has more than 20 years worth of experience.

The second floor of this new facility will be the administrative level consisting of the coaches’ offices and the team meeting room.

This new meeting room will be usable for press conferences and other events as well as for the teams to meet.

The third floor may be the most interesting for students who are not involved in athletics.

It will include luxury premium seating, a private dining room with a field view, and a full service commercial kitchen.

This area will be available for use for campus events as well as for student and community events.

“We cannot overstress the importance of the university’s students, whose commitment to a quarterly fee enabled us to reach a financial level that made moving forward viable,” McClelland said.

The third level of this facility should generate increased revenue streams for the university and athletic department for years to come.

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