LIT holds ceremony for Technical Arts building

Tuesday, March 21, at Lamar Institute of Technology, the college celebrated the last beam put into place in its new Technical Arts building.
Nearly 200 people attended, including elected officials, community, business and industry leaders, students, staff and faculty, and LIT Foundation members. Attendees were treated to lunch.
LIT Student Government Association officers Justine Pina-Russell and Samantha Guerra, and SETEX Construction President Nathan Rivers addressed the crowd, along with LIT president Dr. Lonnie Howard, who also capped off the celebration by welding the final “ceremonial bead.” Dr. Howard is a former certified welder and the only known college president in the U.S. to hold that distinction, according to an LIT release.
The Technical Arts building will be two stories and replaces former classroom structures at LIT. Its state-of the-art labs and classroom will allow for innovative learning and teaching. The 40,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

Photo by David Block - LIT President Dr. Lonnie Howard welds the final ceremonial bead.