In an effort to enhance the presence of the digital media industry in Louisiana and increase the collaboration of private industry and public education, the LSU System Research & Technology Foundation announces the construction of the Louisiana Digital Media Center on the LSU Campus. The facility will be a unique resource for both private sector companies involved in digital media — with EA Sports as the anchor private tenant — and the new home for LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), an innovative research environment, advancing computational sciences and technologies, including digital media. This integration of public and private activities will provide a mutual benefit to areas of workforce and resources and will foster increased awareness of capabilities and assets.
The Louisiana Digital Media Center is designed as a 100,000 sq.ft. facility with 80,000 sq.ft. of leasable space. Current plans allocate 30,000 sq.ft. of that space to private digital media companies and 50,000 sq.ft. structured for LSU CCT.
Located at the southeast “gates of LSU”, the Louisiana Digital Media Center will be an anchor building of the campus’ research quadrant. It will be a sister facility to the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center, a wet-lab business incubator, directly to its east. The façade of both facilities are complimentary with arches dominating the first floor, stucco and glass for the second and third floors and the LSU signature Italian Renaissance tile roofing.
Digital Media has been described as “the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction and education”. The explosive growth of the Digital Media industry throughout the country and the globe, unfortunately, has not included Louisiana. Our state must become competent and competitive in this growing industry in order to keep pace in today’s global economy. This facility will be the cornerstone for nurturing the digital media industry in Louisiana – both from a public sector educational and workforce development perspective and from a private sector economic development perspective. A chance to combine both forces in one facility is a rare opportunity and can propel Louisiana forward within this arena.
Committed funds for the facility include $21.12 million from Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development as well as $3 million from the Economic Development Administration.