After returning from Washington DC with the coveted Market Viability and People’s Choice awards, the BeauSoleil Home is now permanently sited on the campus of UL Lafayette. At the dedication ceremony, TEAM BeauSoleil will thank all of their partners in the project by unveiling a dedication plaque mounted on the home featuring all the partner’s names. There will be an open house for the public to view the interior of the home after the dedication. The dedication of the BeauSoleil Home is a part of the fourth annual Festival of the Arts being held March 22-27. The festival’s honoree will be the late architect A. Hays Town. The festival will include week long festivities, featuring student works from the four departments within the College of the Arts, an architecture symposium with several prominent speakers, and a Festival Finale!celebration.
Plans for the BeauSoleil Home are still developing. Architecture and engineering students will monitor and record data (temperature, humidity, power consumption, etc.) over at least one year and report the findings. During the spring 2010 semester, the home will be open for self guided tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Some of the possible future uses of the home are: an artist-in-residence home, a graduate student home (part of a scholarship,) a visiting faculty home and/or a coffee shop run by students.
Meanwhile, TEAM BeauSoleil is beginning negotiations with a local modular home manufacturer to license the name and design for production of the home. It will probably take a year to develop three versions of the home, test the prototypes and go into production. It is still the project’s goal to have the base model available to the median income family in Louisiana which currently makes $50,000 per year and thus can afford a $120-150,000 home.
The dedication takes place on the park side of Fletcher Hall on the UL campus, beginning at 1 p.m. Parking is available in a gravel lot off of McKinley Drive or in the campus visitor parking lot off of McKinley Dr. or in Girard Park. Call 482-6225 for info for handicapped access to the house.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.