State Dead Broke, but Has Money to Raze Wyly Tower & Build Anew

Wyly Tower, LA Tech University, Ruston, LA

See here the Master Plan for the project.

16 Responses to “State Dead Broke, but Has Money to Raze Wyly Tower & Build Anew”

  1. cdstock Says:

    Yeah, thought that was interesting as well…

  2. Oldman Says:

    Learn to make to make do with what you got. State spending has got completely out of hand.

  3. Ruh-Roh Says:

    I am tired of paying for other people’s master plans. I have a master plan, too, and I am the one that got up at 5:00 AM this morning to go to work, and I pay for so many other people that my plan comes last.

  4. Ruh-Roh Says:

    What is wrong with Wyly Tower? They better get Wayne Brooks to see about it.
    Maybe it needs painting and they can’t get that shade of white paint anymore.

  5. D'Arbonne Says:

    Gentlemen, the bulk of the financing will come from private donations. Additionally, the building was so far out of Code that to bring it up to current safety/construction Codes would’ve actually cost more than the replacement. If they’d done nothing, there’s an excellent chance Wyly would have had to be demolished, or stood empty, anyway.

  6. I.P. Freely Says:

    D’Arbonne Says full of poop!

  7. YouGottaBeKidding Says:

    If you don’t have the money, everything else is irrelevant…

  8. Oldman Says:

    Just how old is this building? What is the average life of a building like this ?D’Arbonne what percentage will the public donations be?

  9. Oldman Says:

    One more,why is the building so far out of code,was the building built to code to start with?

  10. YouGottaBeKidding Says:

    Circa 1973 I understand.
    Other buildings at LA Tech have been razed because of substandard construction; if this is the case for Wyly, I don’t know.

    I suspect the current building code for public buildings requires there to be debt on it that can never be paid off…

  11. RearGuard Says:

    New information: I heard that the vibration from passing trains was not allowed for in the foundation design and the thing is starting to lean out of plumb.
    How many buildings has Tech razed because of design and construction deficiencies?
    It’s probably a done deal anyway; I want to push the button to set off the dynamite. I bet they will let a muslim do it; they are so good at it and already qualified and experienced and all…

  12. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    D’Arbonne Says is correct in his post. Those of you who have not visited Wyly Tower recently should take the time to visit the building.

    I vividly remember the building being constructed in the early 1970’s and construction actually began as early as 1969. As a Tech student in the early 1980’s the building was already showing some serious problems. It was clearly substandard. It should also be noted that it is just plain old ugly.

    I am adamantly opposed to spending money we don’t have. That being said, there is no doubt that Wyly’s demise is needed.

  13. Vee Says:

    Doesn’t the State, or Louisiana Tech know how to hire qualified people to insure any public building constructed meets all acceptable standards and that our tax dollars are used to wisely? No matter if “private” money is used for construction, the same acceptable standards should be required, for in the future, it will be tax money that pays for upkeep, utilities, replacement, etc.
    Even if MOST of the money for replacement cost of a new building comes from private sources, a small percentage of millions of dollars left for taxpayers to pick up amounts to too many dollars to pay for inept design and construction costs.
    Where is the assurance any new construction will be any better than what we have been getting in the past?
    I’m a tired taxpayer. Tired of government waste, tired hearing over and over we must be taxed more and more and more.

  14. Oldman Says:

    Vee,we are all getting tired of government waste,more taxes,just plain tired of being asked for more.Whats going to happen when all the money runs out?

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