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Howard Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University

The Howard Tilton Memorial Library, at Tulane University’s main campus, was flooded during Hurricane Katrina in the Fall of 2005. After a feasibility study by both the University and the Federal Emergency Management Administration, FEMA, a vertical expansion proved to be  the most appropriate hazard mitigation solution for the mechanical equipment and stacks stored in the former flooded basement. The building’s structural capacity had originally been designed to allow for up to four more additional floors, making this approach possible.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple was selected to design a two-floor addition on top of the existing four-floor concrete structure, built in 1969. The design team worked closely with the University and the library staff to optimize program space within the constraints of the replacement square footage and take advantage of the rare views that the two new floors offer. The renovation of the existing facility was executed in phases that allow continuous occupation of the library and access to its collections during the two year construction process. In addition to two new floors, the renovation includes new mechanical and electrical equipment to serve the entire building including the 4 existing floors at approximately 40,000 square feet each.  

Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 275,000 square feet
Year of Completion: 2016
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