ULL gets OK to issue bonds for projects
LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana State Bond Commission recently approved the issuance of bonds to finance construction of a new parking tower and upgrades to the athletics complex at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Construction of a new, 1,150-space parking tower to be located on the corner of East Lewis Street, near Fletcher Hall, is expected to start Nov. 1, according to Bill Crist, the campus’ facilities director.
Preparations to install additional stadium seating at Cajun Field also will begin in November but the actual construction upgrades won’t be possible until early 2014, Crist said in a news release.
The parking tower and stadium seating projects will be completed by August — before the start of the fall semester and football season — and are financed through a private, nonprofit organization, Ragin’ Cajuns Facilities Inc., Crist said.
Improvements to the university’s athletics complex also include construction of an athletics performance center and offices and upgrades to the soccer and track facilities.
Ambling Development has been selected as the contractor for the parking tower, Crist said. The Lemoine Co. is contractor for the Athletic Complex improvements.
The university will pay for the projects through several sources: bond sales, student fees and auxiliary revenue, which includes athletic ticket sales, food services fees, housing fees, commercial ventures and parking fees, Crist said.
Gaines to read works at Ernest J. Gaines Center
LAFAYETTE — Award-winning author Ernest Gaines will read selections from two separate works in progress at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the research center that bears his name at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The Ernest J. Gaines Center is on the third floor of the university’s Dupré Library, 400 E. St. Mary Blvd.
A discussion will follow the reading and Gaines will sign copies of his books.
Copies of “This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines,” published by University of Louisiana Press, will be available for purchase. The book features photos, quotations from his works and an introduction by Gaines.
Compiled by the Acadiana bureau