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LSU gets $2M donation for its engineering complex

LSU gets $2M donation for its engineering complex

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU is receiving a $2 million donation for its new engineering complex.

The money, announced Tuesday, was committed by Roy O. Martin, a member of the Board of Regents from Alexandria, and his family. The family owns lumber and wood products manufacturing companies.

The school's engineering college is seeking to raise $100 million to renovate the engineering and business administration building and add a new annex dedicated to chemical engineering.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pledged $50 million in state construction funding for the project, and Martin's commitment brings private donations to $30 million. Jindal was on hand for the announcement of the Martin family's contribution.

Renovations will include expanded laboratories for teaching and research. Construction is expected to run from late 2014 to fall 2017.