Louisiana College renovates residence halls, upgrades landscaping on campus

PINEVILLE, La. (LC) – Aside from the fewer trees, driving around the Louisiana College campus would never tell you that the school had been badly hit by a tornado and hurricane in the past two years. The grounds – and the dormitories – have been significantly upgraded thanks to generous donations and some important elbow grease.

Major renovations have recently been completed in the Cottingham Women’s Dormitory, Tudor Hall and the English Village Men’s Home.

English Village was completely redesigned inside and out last year. One of the most noticeable improvements was the new siding on the outside of the entire English village. LC has just completed the Commons area, where students gather to study, watch TV, or visit. New furniture and wall hangings, as well as tables and chairs, have been added for students to charge their computers or phones while studying or watching TV together.

The newly renovated English Village Commons Area offers students the opportunity to gather together to study, watch TV, or visit.(Alena Noakes)

Cottingham has undergone several renovations. In 2016, roofs were repaired, some interior repairs were done, new furniture was added, and TVs were bought for the common areas. In addition, the communal kitchen on the first floor was remodeled with a new worktop, sink, tiled floor and appliances. Each dormitory has been redone with new floors and the walls have been painted. White Parlor also got new floors, paint, artwork, wall hangings and furniture.

Tudor Hall required major structural repairs and all bathrooms were remodeled. The lobby and common rooms were remodeled between 2016 and 2017 and a movie / theater room with new furniture was added.

LC First Lady Cathy Brewer helped remodel campus facilities and dormitories.

“Students, faculty and staff deserve a nice space to work, study and live in,” said Cathy Brewer. “We have world-class faculty and academic programs that provide excellent formation in a Christ-centered environment. In order to attract high quality students and faculty we need to create comfortable spaces and it is important to us that we provide students with a home environment while they are with us. ”

English Village received a complete renovation of the community area as well as replacement ...English Village received a complete renovation of the community area as well as the replacement of the siding on all EV buildings.(Alena Noakes)

She wanted to help maintain LC’s living and learning areas.

“It’s been my pleasure to make small contributions and to be involved in some of the renovation and remodeling projects in the dormitories and on the Louisiana College grounds,” she said. “As Dr. Brewer and I visited the LC campus for the first time in 2015, it quickly became clear that many areas of the campus urgently needed maintenance and repair. “

It wasn’t just internal changes to the buildings, but also the site that became a major project for Ms. Brewer.

“Improving the physical environment was an important goal to provide safe, clean, and welcoming space for students, faculties, and staff – a place where students and faculties can live, work, and study in a comfortable space,” she said .

And students generally agree that the facilities and grounds look great.

Anna Matherne, Senior Business Major, has lived in Cottingham Hall for almost four years.

“I was so excited when I found out about the renovation work in the dormitories, especially since I got to see it for my senior year,” said Matherne. “Entering my newly painted and furnished dormitory was like a Christmas morning. I was so excited to see everything that had been done. One of my favorite things to do is hang out at the White Parlor. I love going through the countless hours and knowing them that have helped make this a special home for us girls. I spent many late nights in our lobby studying, watching movies, sharing a midnight pizza, or just hanging out with friends. I love having such a beautiful, comfortable and charming place to do this. ”

Gracee Bryant, junior accounting major and Cottingham resident, echoed Matherne’s comments about the excitement of all the changes going on around campus.

“They give a more modern and welcoming atmosphere,” she said.

The White Parlor at Cottingham Hall got new floors, colors, artwork, wall hangings and ...The White Parlor at Cottingham Hall received new floors, paint, artwork, wall hangings and furniture.(Alena Noakes)

In order not to be outdone, the men also saw big changes in English Village and Tudor.

“EV’s improved lobbying and living conditions are brand new and in much better shape,” said Jason Rodriguez, senior psychology major. “The renovations are really nice.”

President Rick Brewer said he was grateful for all of the people who were involved in making the campus look better – both cash and sweat capital.

“The appeal of the curb remains among the top 5 compelling reasons for a student to select a particular college to attend,” said Brewer, who is grateful for the time and attention his wife has given to these campus beautification efforts . “This fact is not lost at Louisiana College because we have made adding and maintaining landscaping an aesthetic and safety issue. Cathy and I are grateful for alums like Don Hill who have donated significant funds to campus beautification initiatives. “

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