February 19, 2012
Centerary College of Louisiana
Beginning in early 2011, Centenary College of Louisiana set out on a major initiative investing $5.1 million to improve the College’s overall infrastructure. Everyone at Centenary is playing a part in this project making Centenary an even more beautiful Shreveport landmark and a more inviting and comfortable environment for it’s students, faculty, staff, and guests.
Under President David Rowe’s leadership, Centenary is focusing on projects that are environmentally sustainable, which is in accord with the interest of Centenary’s students and with the College’s goal to create a holistic learning environment that supports integral learning and social responsibility.
Projects have included the installation of a new air conditioning system in Jackson Hall, bathroom renovations and painting in the Student Union, parking lot improvements, renovations to Mickle Hall, suite renovations in Hardin Hall, establishing the Sustainability House in James Hall, upgrading the Anderson Green Room in Hurley Hall, installing new carpets and seating in the Marjorie Lyons playhouse, installing energy-efficient lighting throughout campus and a key-card entry system to improve security in residence halls.
National has been pleased to play a role in making this ambitious initiative a reality National’s Director Chris Sampite has worked closely with Mr. Bill Ballard, Centenary’s Vice President for Finance and Administration to help juggle the multitude of projects that must occur simultaneous. Mr. Ballard says “Chris has been THE essential ingredient in working with the numerous constituencies – faculty, staff, students, vendors and contractors – in planning, scheduling and implementing the array of projects across the campus – all in a pretty short timeframe, by the way. His earnestness and attention to detail, while thinking both strategically and tactically, are key in gaining the outcomes we needed from the campus improvements.”