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Tech’s Master Plan unveiled

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Louisiana Tech University is growing, and due to the increasing needs of students and visitors, the university has decided to make several changes on and around the campus, including building demolitions, groundbreakings for new academic and residential buildings and improved parking.

In fact, University President Les Guice has announced the spring ground breaking for 14 new on-campus apartment buildings and an approximately 130,000–square foot integrated engineering and sciences education building.

The Master Plan 2020, a document that guides the future for Tech, also details intentions to renovate the student center and to develop a “Tech Green.”

The green, which Guice described as the core of campus, will extend from the steps of Keeny Hall to Mayfield Ave.

When the green is completed, it will create a place for students to gather and maneuver throughout the main campus, the upcoming “Enterprise Campus” and into downtown Ruston.

The plan also includes a $3 million renovation to current on-campus parking.

The restructured parking will reduce the number of cars passing through campus, promote more efficient foot traffic and redirect vehicles towards the perimeter of campus.

Tech is not alone in their striving to better accommodate students and visitors.

The city of Ruston will also make extensive changes to better accommodate the growth of Tech and to refocus commerce into the downtown area.

Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said he hopes that upcoming changes such as free public Wi–Fi in the downtown area, bicycle lanes throughout the city and the addition of a student-centric “Bulldog Village” will help bring new life to downtown while encouraging Ruston residents to get more involved in Tech activities.

These changes aim not only to create updated spaces for students to live and study, but also to unite the campus with the city of Ruston, create new academic opportunities in cross-discipline fields, and increase student enrollment to 15,000 by the year 2020.

“This is going to be magnificent,” Guice said.

The Ruston Daily Leader applauds Tech and the city of Ruston for working together to make Lincoln Parish better for students and residents alike.

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