Tulane University River and Coastal Project
NEW ORLEANS, LA Located at the Robin Street Wharf between the Port Authority and Mardi Gras World on the Mississippi River, the Tulane River and Coastal project consists of research laboratories, offices, and an event space. The work for the one-story, 5,800-square-foot building included removing the existing warehouse structure, reinforcing remaining structures, and constructing the new space.
The project is considered Phase 1 of The Riverfront Initiative, and will be used for multiple educational functions, including: hosting the Mississippi River Observatory, a node in the global water quality monitoring network that provides real-time data on the river as it flows past New Orleans, Louisiana; presenting conferences and university courses, as well as lectures and seminars for professional accreditation; serving as a public forum for professional societies and community groups; and serving as a visitor's center to educate and inform the general public. The goal for The Riverfront Initiative is to help transform New Orleans into a leading hub for engaged scholarship and technology development spanning energy, the environment, and resilience.
The project is aiming to achieve LEED Gold, and as part of that goal the crew divided construction waste, used recycled and local materials, and performed commissioning of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.