The historic Southern University at New Orleans will soon be receiving $82 million from FEMA for the damage that was caused by hurricane Katrina.
The majority of the funds will go toward the construction of four new buildings at SUNO. Two will be at its Park Campus, and the other two, on the Lake Campus near Lake Pontchartrain.
Last year FEMA determined that the W. Brown Hall Old Science Building, the Multipurpose Building, the New Science Classroom Building and the Clark Hall Education Building were all eligible for replacement because the cost of repairing them exceeded the cost of replacing them by over 50%.
FEMA provided the following descriptions of the new buildings:
School of Social Work Building
A building (approximately 38,956 square feet) to be located at the Lake Campus to include areas for classrooms, support areas (i.e. kitchen, student lounge, vending, observation rooms, library, etc.) and offices.
Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences Building
A building (approximately 70,667 square feet) to be located at the Park Campus to include departmental classrooms, studios, meeting and conference spaces, faculty offices, storage and supply areas, restroom and mechanical/electrical/plumbing spaces, along with a 1,200-person theater/auditorium.
Natural Sciences Building
A building (approximately 98,833 square feet) to be located at the Park Campus to include departmental (nursing, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, health information management systems and forensic sciences) classrooms, conference rooms, student lounge, faculty lounge and study room/media center.
College of Education & Human Development Building
A building (approximately 48,530 square feet) to be located at the Lake Campus to include general use (offices, classrooms, labs, lounge, conference room and library) and departmental (Early Childhood Center, Head Start Center, CDFS Program, early childhood program, elementary education, alternative certification program and shared spaces) areas.