Engineering building beam signing-Gov John Bel Edwards.

(COURTESY: Louisiana Tech)

Governor John Bel Edwards paid a visit to Ruston today to celebrate a milestone in the construction of Louisiana Tech's new Engineering & Science building.

State and university officials gathered at the intersection of Homer St. and Texas Ave. to celebrate the placement of the building’s last steel beam.

Construction on the $35 Million facility began in January.

The state capital outlay is funding $30 Million of the project.

The university will be footing the rest of the bill through private money and fundraising efforts.

"This building was sorely needed to replace an antiquated building but also to continue the momentum that we have here. We are attracting students not just from northern parts of the state but really from all over the country, because of the excellent education that is afforded to them here. In fact, the only Cyber Engineering Degree Program anywhere in the country is right here at Louisiana Tech," said Governor Edwards.

The new IESB is one of the first academic buildings that the governor has authorized since being elected.

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