LaHouse Exhibiting Stronger Safer Smarter Construction

Claudette Reichel, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  10/26/2005 1:58:38 AM

News Release Distributed 10/25/05

The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center is giving the public opportunities to see aspects of its stronger, safer and smarter construction.

Among these mid-construction open houses are opportunities for fans to view the facility prior to the kickoff of the four Saints football games that will be played in LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The LaHouse project is designed to showcase solutions for Louisiana’s unique climate and conditions. The educational center will exhibit a range of ways to have greater comfort, quality, durability, property value and better health with less energy, water, waste, pollution and damage from storms, termites, mold, decay and other hazards.

"With the massive rebuilding efforts that are needed across South Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we thought now is a good time to let people see some of the storm-resistant features that are being built into LaHouse," said LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel, who is coordinating the project. "With so many Saints fans affected by the storms – and with them coming to campus for the football game – we wanted to let them see some of the ways they could rebuild their homes and make them stronger, safer and smarter."

The open house on Saints game days will begin two hours prior to kickoff and last until game time. They will run from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 and from 10 a.m. until noon on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.

In addition, open houses also are being conducted for the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Friday until Dec. 16 and from 9 a.m. until dusk on Saturdays when LSU has a home football game.

Framing for the showcase home is completed, but officials decided to pause construction for the open houses this fall before putting in drywall and exterior finishing materials, so people can see some of the underlying construction features.

"Low-cost, mainstream and high-end strategies for both new construction and home improvement are included and will be continually added to LaHouse," Reichel said.

LaHouse is an educational outreach program of the LSU AgCenter in partnership with a variety of private donors and businesses who have funded the project. It is located next to the LSU golf course on Gourrier Avenue, off Nicholson Road, in Baton Rouge.

Visit www.LouisianaHouse.org to learn more about the open houses, get more information about LaHouse, see its location, track its progress, see a photo gallery of special features, order publications or get the latest news. Or visit www.lsuagcenter.com to learn about this project and the variety of research and educational programs conducted by the LSU AgCenter.

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Contact: Claudette Reichel at (225) 578-4440 or creichel@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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