Groundbreaking Celebration - Louisiana House Home & Landscape Resource Center

Sandra Scallan, Reichel, Claudette Hanks  |  3/18/2005 10:49:30 AM

More than 100 Contributors, Partners, Allies, team members and friends participated in the July 15, 2003, Louisiana House – Home and Landscape Resource Center (LaHouse) groundbreaking ceremony and recognition reception on the LaHouse site. Some came from as far as California , Georgia , Florida and across Louisiana to join the celebration where they were also honored for their support.

With golden shovels and LaHouse hard hats, leading sponsors Renae Conley (CEO and President of Entergy Louisiana), Jack Caldwell (Secretary of La. Dept. of Natural Resources) and Tarun Bhatia (representing SmartGUARD) ceremoniously broke the ground with LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson, Vice Chancellor and Director Paul Coreil, Dr. Claudette Reichel (LaHouse project chair) and Dr. Allen Owings (LaHouse landscape chair). This was the finale of the outdoor event, followed by the Chancellor’s luncheon honoring the LaHouse Diamond, Platinum and Gold Key Contributors and Partners.

Before the ceremony, Chancellor Richardson recognized the LaHouse core team and attending dignitaries, then thanked each of the Key Partners who supported the LaHouse initiative with grants or contracts and the 17 Key Ally departments and organizations that have worked with the core team to advance this initiative.

Dr. Claudette Reichel shared a “state of the LaHouse vision” summary of progress and plans, acknowledging pivotal players in turning the vision into reality – Remson Haley Architects, Roy Domangue of Wooden Creations (builder), Drs. Neil Odenwald and Tom Pope (landscape design) and Carroll Mathews of LSU Interior Design with her team of professionals, faculty and students.

Vice Chancellor and Director Paul Coreil recognized each of the 28 Key Contributors and “supervolunteer” Sandy Scallan. They were honored with engraved recognition plaques or framed certificates and highlighted on the program and display.

Each guest was presented a commemorative Louisiana House ceramic coaster and hand fan as a token of appreciation for their support. They shared stories of their involvement, saw the location of the future showcase house and viewed displays of the site plan, house rendering, floorplans, building and landscape features, and recognition boards.

Despite the earlier threat of Hurricane Claudette (could it be more ironic?), the weather was beautiful and the event was grand!

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