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School of Social Work Renovation, Tulane University

Tulane University and its nationally recognized School of Social Work is relocating beyond its historic academic Uptown campus where it has operated for the last 50 years. This conscious outreach engages students with the community in new and meaningful ways and reasserts the academic mission and purpose of the School in a repurposed space that balances design, safety and security with user need, program and institutional identity.

Contained in the former Elks Building, a neo-classical structure built in 1917, the School of Social Work will occupies third and fourth floors offering nearly 20,000 square feet of study, classroom and meeting spaces to satisfy the broad and diverse curriculum offered to its students. Specific amenities include a student lounge with custom, built-in window seating; a second smaller student lounge for quiet study, small reading and study rooms, multiple learning spaces outfitted with the latest audio and video technology—including one room with closed circuit electronics and broadcasting capabilities—a student kitchen, a faculty/staff lounge, conference room, a two-story atrium with a hanging wall garden, student lockers and shower facilities; in addition to offices for faculty and staff, visiting and adjunct faculty and doctoral students.

The project has received a LEED-Gold certification from the USGBC.

Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 29,300 square feet
Year of Completion: 2014
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