Entergy Louisiana was recognized for completing a $100,000 pledge to the Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center – nicknamed LaHouse – at a reception on the LSU campus Monday (June 28).
A project of the LSU AgCenter, the house will serve as a model for energy-efficient, resource-conservative, technology-savvy housing design, according to Dr. Claudette Reichel, housing specialist and LaHouse project chair.
In recognition of the gift, the teaching center at LaHouse will be named for Entergy.
"If we do not take care of our resources today, my grandchildren won’t have anything left," said Renae Conley, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana.
Construction of the 4,600-square-foot house on a 7-acre lot on Gourrier Lane near the LSU Golf Course has begun.
Reichel said she hopes the housing resource center will lead to the adoption of solutions to current housing problems.
Funds are being raised from both private and public sources with contributions of services and supplies as well as money.
Although LaHouse will look like a regular house, it will never be lived in. It will be built so that various construction features can be studied over time. The "garage" will actually be a distance education area. In addition to serving as a facility for research and teaching, LaHouse will include exhibit space and offices.
Remson-Hayley Architects of Baton Rouge designed the house with a look similar to buildings on the LSU campus and new buildings to be constructed according to the LSU Master Plan.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture