The University of Louisiana at Lafayette unveiled its new pier over the Cypress Lake swamp in the courtyard of the Student Union last Wednesday, October 30.
Scott Hebert, the Director of Facility Planning and Construction and the project manager, commented on the new addition to the campus grounds.
“From what I understand, the pier was built because it was a part of the Campus Master Plan that the students had agreed to fund several years back if I'm not mistaken,” Hebert said. “It was one of the things listed as a wishlist item to have built on campus, along with kind of the quad fountain, and the monument ball, and all that good stuff.”
Hebert mentioned what the pier meant to the school.
“It's a nice new feature,” he said. “It’s going to be another destination point for the university, plus with the swamp being one of the most unique things we have on campus, it kind of added a certain, you know, new grandiose feeling to me and that you're going to be able to get in the middle and kind of see a lot more, you know, around you.”
He also shared his personal thoughts on the structure.
“I really like it. I mean, it's very well built, well designed,” Hebert said. “It should last way beyond my lifetime. It should not have really any major issues with it as far as maintenance and upkeep and all that good stuff. So it's a pretty self-sufficient, one-time kind of deal. You're going to have some minor cleaning that up to it but that's going to be about it. So it's a really nice feature. I personally like it.”
Several students also commented on the new pier.
“The pier itself is actually not that bad. It’s kind of a nice addition to the whole pond area. I think that it actually makes me — It gives me an opportunity to appreciate the biome a little more, as opposed to just looking at it and being like, ‘That’s a tree right there, and there’s another tree, I can’t actually see the swamp,’ but now I can see the swamp,” political science sophomore Cade Mataya said.
Two speech pathology graduate students, Aleesha Rowe and Miranda Howes, spending a fall afternoon on the new addition also spoke about the pier.
“I think it's a good thing that they built it. I feel like it's nice to have somewhere to come out and sit, just kind of de-stress because we're here like literally from 8 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.). So yeah, it's a good place to go,” Rowe said.
Rowe also shared her perceived thoughts on how the pier will affect the school.
“I think it’ll get a lot of attention from people who are like touring and who are still trying to make a decision about what school they want to go to,” she said. “It’s a good addition.”
Howes commented on her experience with the new pier as well.
“I think it’s really nice. I didn’t realize it was finished, and Aleesha suggested we come out. It’s been really nice just enjoying the weather,” Howes said. “It makes the school look really nice. It’s a good way to enjoy our swamp here.”