Renovation Work Begins in Gold Dome
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SHREVEPORT, La.—Centenary College has embarked on an ambitious summer project of renovations and new construction totaling more than $2 million. Included in the projects are renovations to the Gold Dome and residence halls, construction of Riggs Plaza and the Leadership Fountains, and various smaller projects around the campus.


More than $150,000 worth of improvements has already been made to the athletic facilities with $575,000 budgeted to make even more improvements. “A lot of the projects we will be starting are behind-the-scenes type improvements that are going to go a long way in improving both student and athlete morale” said Dr. Tom Tallach, Director of Athletics.


Improvements that have already been completed include resurfacing of the tennis courts, new softball dugouts and upgraded public address systems. New wind screens and nets for the tennis courts have been purchased and will be installed soon.


One of the largest projects at the Gold Dome includes installing a new wooden floor and new lower seating. “The old flooring has been sold and we have started the installation of the new flooring,” added Tallach. “The work we are going to accomplish in the Gold Dome is going to make it more attractive and more marketable.”


The work in the Gold Dome began on Monday with the wooden floor being removed and continued on Tuesday with the removal of the old bleachers. Once the bleachers are gone, the new floor will be put in place and then the bleacher company will install the new bleachers that include chair back seats. When the seating has been finished, the flooring company will come back in and paint the new court.


Along with the work in the Gold Dome, students will notice improvements to the residence halls when they return from summer break.


“We are investing $1 million alone in the residence halls,” said Bill Ballard, Vice President for Finance and Administration. “The students will see updates in the bathrooms, bedrooms and lounges.” Furniture will be replaced, new flooring and new water heaters are just some of the other renovations, he added. “We are even cleaning the air system ductwork, so there is a lot of work to be done in a few short months.”


Work also started in the Quadrangle for the Riggs Memorial Plaza and Leadership Fountains, a joint beautification project that will both commemorate campus leaders, and create a water feature and gardens. The official groundbreaking ceremony took place in February during Homecoming week.


Please check back for photos from the Gold Dome renovation project throughout the summer.