A giant, metal fleur-de-lis sculpture was installed last Wednesday in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Quad as the centerpiece.

The student-designed sculpture stands as “a symbol, an icon of the university,” said Tom Sammons, director of the School of Architecture and Design.

More than 100 UL Lafayette students worked on the fleur-de-lis for five years. The fleur-de-lis is designed with three sides, weighs about 3,000 pounds and stands about 14 feet tall, and is mounted on a 4 feet concrete base inside the fountain.

“It was a true collaborative process, and it’s great to see the work of so many students come to life,” said Todd St. Julien, who earned a master’s in architecture and design from UL Lafayette.

According to Scott Hebert, a civil engineer with Garden City Construction in Lafayette, the fountain will also be equipped with LED lights that can be programmed to change colors.

“It will be a two-tiered fountain,” Hebert said. “Water will flow from the top tier, which the sculpture sits in, to the bottom tier, creating a waterfall effect.”

Also in store for the remastered Quad are a plaza, new walkways and landscaping with crepe myrtles and magnolias.

“The Quad is the university’s living room, a public space surrounded by its first buildings,” said Sammons. “When people come to see the campus and these beautiful red buildings trimmed in white, they will also see a beautiful Quad.”

The Quad redesign was spearheaded in 2010 by UL Lafayette’s Student Government Association and is the first major Master Plan project to be paid by self-assessed student fees.

The Master Plan will guide campus growth, development and change over the next 15-20 years.

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