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‘DELUX APARTMENTS’ – President Randy Moffett and Student Government
Association President Brett Bova represent Southeastern Louisiana University
and Doug Brown, president of Capstone Management, and Mike Mouron, president
of Capstone Development, stand in on behalf of the developers and contractors
as the university officially breaks ground for a multi-million dollar student
housing project on June 17.
SOUTHEASTERN OFFICIALLY BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STUDENT HOUSING
HAMMOND -- Wielding ceremonial shovels,
Southeastern Louisiana University, Capstone Development Corp., and Capstone
Building Corp., gathered Thursday morning (June 17) to launch a major student
housing construction project.
The groundbreaking officially begins
construction on the first phase of a multi-million dollar project to replace
old dormitories with new up-to-date facilities designed to meet students’
space, privacy, security and technology needs.
However, the program is also the third
phase of an overall student housing revitalization program that began in
1999, President Randy Moffett and; President, Capstone Development President
Mike Mouron pointed out at the brief groundbreaking ceremony.
In 1999, the university opened the first
of two new facilities on its north campus. Southeastern Oaks, an apartment-style
facility with 312 beds, was followed a year later by the Village, a residential
facility for university-based organizations, including sororities and fraternities.
Both projects were developed by Capstone.
“Just as we have improved our academic
facilities in recent years through new classroom and lab buildings, we
are now tackling another important element of campus life,” Moffett said.
“By replace our older, date structures with new residential facilities,
we are adding another feature to Southeastern’s efforts to attract the
best and brightest students in the region to our university.”
Doug Brown, president of Capstone Management,
called the latest construction program, “one of the most significant revitalization
projects in the country. Southeastern,” he said, “has entered into this
project boldly and with courage. I don’t think you will be disappointed.”
The first phase of the new construction
program is underway adjacent to SGA Drive just north of Lee Hall, which
is slated to be demolished along with all university resident halls except
Cardinal Newman Hall. Demolition should be completed by fall 2006 while
students will begin occupying new facilities by spring 2005, the university
Student Government Association president
Brett Bova said the new facilities will “mean a whole new way of life for
Southeastern students. “We’ve moved up to a ‘deluxe apartment,’” Bova quipped.
“We’ve finally got a piece of the pie.”