Nicholls State Upgrades Campus Buildings

THIBODAUX, LA (AP) — Nicholls State University hopes to complete and begin more than $20 million in upgrades to its campus in 2015.

         Easily the biggest project is construction of the new Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.

         Vice President of Facilities Mike Davis tells The Daily Comet’s Jacob Batte the 33,000-square-foot building, at the edge of the Nicholls campus near Louisiana Highway 1, was scheduled to be completed in December but isn't expected to open until late February or early March.

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         Officials broke ground in March 2013 and construction began last September. The $12.6 million facility on eight acres includes four teaching kitchens, a demonstration room, food-storage facilities and a bistro to give students real-life experience.

         Nicholls President Bruce Murphy has targeted the program for expansion and hopes to double the enrollment within two years.

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