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SUNO to Break Ground on Natural Sciences Building

Monday, January 23, 2017


NEW ORLEANS, LA – January 19, 2017 – Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will break ground on the new Natural Sciences Building during a ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. on the Park Campus, 6400 Press Drive.

Several federal, state and local officials and dignitaries have been invited to attend the event, which will mark the start of construction for the $27.7 million, four-story facility. The general contractor is the Roy Anderson Corporation. The building is expected to be complete by July 2018.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated $82 million to cover the construction costs for the Natural Sciences Building and three other new buildings. The other buildings are the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work (currently under construction), an Education Building on the Lake Campus, and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the Park Campus.

“As a Biology professor, I am personally excited to see construction begin on our new Natural Sciences Building,” SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin said. “This new building will house such programs as Biology, Forensic Science and Health Information Management Systems. We are grateful for this opportunity to enhance our campus, which bodes well for our long-term goal of providing higher education to students in our region, state, nation and beyond.”
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