Design Development Phase For Tulane’s Richardson Memorial Hall Complete

NEW ORLEANS – Work has been completed on the plans for the renovation and addition project for Tulane University’s Richardson Memorial Hall.

         Plans have been presented to the governing bodies at Tulane University, and the project has been received and endorsed. The Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office also approved the project, with another final round of approvals required at the completion of contract documents.

         “This places the project in line for state historic tax credits which will form part of the funding for this project's completion,” Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA, Favrot Professor and Dean, said. “The project is also aligned for LEED Platinum with a number of important high performance strategies, energy-reduction approaches, photovoltaics, green roofs and a water reclamation and reuse strategy among the many sustainable features.”

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         A formal Capital Campaign launch for this project is scheduled for the fall.

         Several goals for the project have been announced including:


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• Enrich and enliven studio culture and collaboration through spaces that invite both structured and informal interaction.

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• Provide a pedagogical environment that will encourage and reinforce the connection between designing and making.

• Incorporate emerging technologies in the design of spaces.

• Demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of this academic center, with connections between the strong community outreach component of the School of Architecture and the university-wide program in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

• Enhance and articulate the School of Architecture’s connection to the Tulane and New Orleans community and the regional environment by supporting the mission of reaching out and welcoming the community into the school as well as celebrating the potential for the school’s role in the community.




• Demonstrate sensitive and innovative adaptation of historic structures.




• Achieve LEED Platinum certification.

• Pursue compliance with the Architecture 2030 Challenge.

• Serve as a model and reference for ambitious sustainable design strategies for hot and humid climates, including the implementation of a continual assessment process following the completion of the project.

• Demonstrate exemplary techniques for creative site use and water management.


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