‘Long’ing for completionPublished 11:00pm Thursday, January 24, 2013
A skeleton of a building is taking shape where Long Hall once stood at Troy University. The building was demolished in late July 2012 to make way for a new facility bearing the same name. It had served as the “Sound of the South” marching band’s rehearsal facility and was built in 1975. The new building will house the band program and provide rehearsal space for the choral program, rehearsal spaces for ensembles and performance groups, a dance studio and offices for the Long School of Music and the College of Communication and Fine Arts. Director of Bands Dr. Mark Walker said construction remains on track for move in by Aug. 1. “This is huge,” Walker said. “This is going to be the nicest facility in the Southeast and one of the nicest facilities in the entire country. Up until now, the things we’ve wanted to do have just been a gleam in our eye.” Walker said that structural framework is almost in place and, after that, passersby will notice walls, then sheetrock and masonry added to the continuing construction.