Louisiana School students now live in Prudhomme Hall, the oldest dormitory on the NSU campus. It was built in 1960.
Executive Director Dr. Pat Widhalm said the LSMSA Foundation funded a study proposing dormitories for the school. He believes that plan laid the foundation for governor’s administration’s decision to fund the project.
The proposed four-story building will house 360 students. There will be a common area with dormitory wings on each side. It will be built on the field behind Watson Library on land the school owns. Current enrollment is 320.
There are $24 million in capital outlay for the project. Widhalm expects the first $1.8 million that is now in Priority 2 to be approved this fall after the La. Bond Commission meets. That money is for planning.
Architect selection could be made in early 2014 with the request for construction funding going to the bond commission in fall.
It will take 18 months to build.