Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of BusinessNew Orleans, Louisiana
Accommodating the masters and executive programs of Tulane University’s business school, the project relieved strained existing facilities while engaging its context. Tightly bounded by mature live oaks on two sides and taller buildings on two others, the building alleviates some of the monumentality of the mid-1980’s original building and ties the campus together through exterior spaces it creates. The new facility provides classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, faculty offices, dining facilities and a variety of study and student service spaces. The multi-tiered, U-shaped arrangement of the typical case-study classrooms maintains a central focus while allowing peer-to-peer interaction and distance learning connections. Specialized classrooms serve the demands of a lecture theater and audiovisual screenings, information systems lab work, plus simulated, real-time trading and television production. The conjoined three-story classroom block and four-story office wing, differentiated in response to height requirements, form an L-shaped building that cradles a split level, flagstone-paved outdoor plaza. A north-facing curtain wall unites this plaza with porch-like, cantilevered galleries that circulate past classrooms and provide break and study opportunities. Zinc panels at selected exterior conditions supplement the brick and cast stone palette of the original building. Shading devices protect south, east and west-facing windows while mechanical systems served by the central plant make use of energy recovery units for improved efficiency. Finishes at interior public spaces include terrazzo, marble and hardwood floors with plaster and wood-paneled walls. Construction was completed in November 2003 at a cost of more than $12.5 million, with additional budgets of $3 million and $1 million for technology and furnishings, also within the Architect’s scope of services.
Awards2004, “Best of New Local Architecture”, New Orleans Magazine
2004, Merit Award, AIA New Orleans
2005, Honor Award, AIA Louisiana