L.A. City Council Approves LMU's Master Plan

Feb 25, 2011, 19:36 ET from Loyola Marymount University

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Loyola Marymount University's 20-year Master Plan was unanimously approved with a 12-0 vote by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday.

The plan allows the university to make needed campus improvements over the next 20 years within LMU's existing footprint. The plan includes building the new Life Sciences Building for the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, relocating the recycling facility and adding parking spaces.

LMU President David W. Burcham said passage of the plan was critical to ensuring that LMU remains a strong and competitive academic institution.

"Academic excellence requires facilities that support quality teaching and research," Burcham said. "We can now make the infrastructure upgrades to laboratories, classrooms and other facilities that will support the educational needs of future students and faculty.  This is a great day for LMU."

Lynne Scarboro, LMU's senior vice president for administration, said passage of the plan means that over the next 20 years, LMU will add more than 15,000 jobs to the Los Angeles area and an estimated $1.6 billion in economic activity.     

"We are all extremely pleased," Scarboro said after the vote.  "We can now move forward with projects that will enhance the academic environment and quality of life on our campus and benefit our community, as well."  

About Loyola Marymount University

Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a comprehensive university offering 56 major programs, 38 master's degrees and a doctoral degree in education from four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School. Founded in 1911, LMU is ranked third in "Best Regional Universities West" by U.S. News & World Report. LMU is the largest Catholic institution of higher education on the West Coast with nearly 5,700 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. For more LMU news and events, please visit www.lmu.edu/news.

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