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UPDATE: McNeese Frazar Library renovations

Frazar Memorial Library at McNeese State University. (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Frazar Memorial Library at McNeese State University. (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Renovations at the Frazar Memorial Library at McNeese State University have been underway for the past six months.

University officials project another 16 months of construction, until it reopens to students, with the work being done in two phases.

"We're hoping that we'll be done with phase one around April or May," said Richard Rhoden, Director of Facilities and Plant Operations.

Rhoden says the last major renovation of this magnitude was done in 1986, which is why they're making these changes.

"We're putting a new HVAC system throughout, new lighting, ceilings, painting, flooring... Pretty much anything you can see is going to be changed, as well as the comfort level is going to be improved greatly," explained Rhoden.

More student study spaces and WiFi throughout all four floors of the building will also be added.

"After phase one is completed, we're probably going to need at least 30 to 60 days just to move things back and forth from one side of the building to the other," said Rhoden.

He explains the building is split in half, one side holding the 80,000 square feet of storage in just a 40,000 square foot space. 

"It's not open to the public because of that, but it still allows for employees of the library to come over and retrieve books and still give them out to the campus," added Rhoden.

He says phase two should start this summer. 

The exterior will also be receiving a face lift from updated windows and new paneling to a canopy entrance which will be ADA accessible.

The transformation is expected to be finished by March 2016.

Rhoden says bids also came in lower than expected, keeping the project costs about $5.8 million. 

Coffee will continue to be served inside the updated library, but it will now be Starbucks. The library previously housed CC's coffee.

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