LeTourneau breaks ground on 'green' initiative

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Just in time for Earth Day a ground-breaking took place on a high tech, multi-million dollar facility with "green" initiatives at a Longview university.

The new Residents Hall at LeTourneau University will house 200 more students.

At a cost of $8,500,000, this is the first of a three phase housing complex.

The facility will go "green" using energy efficient exterior windows, fluorescent lighting and cost efficient heating, air conditioning and plumbing.

"Our students, our parents, our faculty they want us to be responsible, so we've added in a lot of green initiatives to this building," said Dale A. Lunsford, the LeTourneau University President. "We've thought it thru in every detail and so by far this will be our most environmentally friendly facility we've ever built."

Phase one will open in the fall of 2011, and the full complex will eventually house more 600 students.

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