A public pavilion being built on Camellia Boulevard will honor the victims of the Grand Theatre shooting and the city’s resilient response after the tragedy.
Grad students from UL-Lafayette’s School of Architectural Design and the Building Institute have been working on the pavilion for over a year.
The groundbreaking ceremony was just a day after the Grand Theatre shooting, playing a pivotal role in what students and faculty decided to name it.
Students and faculty say it will be called the “Lafayette Strong Pavilion,” and will be the first structure of its kind in the United States.
UL-Lafayette Architecture Professor Geoff Gjertson is spearheading the project.
Aside from working with contractors for its foundation, the entire pavilion will be built by 27 architecture grad students.
Gjertson says with the help of the university, United Way, LCG, and City-Parish President Joey Durel, this structure will be the first of four pieces of art along Camellia Boulevard.
The pavilion will be completed and open to the public in January 2016.