Our New Home -- 127 Elk Place

School of Social Work readies for move to state-of-the-art facility

As the Dean of the Tulane School of Social Work, I’m proud to announce that the School is scheduled for an exciting move in August 2014. The Tulane School of Social Work will be moving out of the building it has occupied for more than 50 years on Tulane's Uptown Campus and into a fully-renovated, state-of-the-art facility located at 127 Elk Place, which is in the heart of Tulane’s Downtown Campus.

Our current School of Social Work building contains 7,000 square feet over three floors, but this move will allow us to nearly triple our space as our new home will occupy 20,000 square feet on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Elk Place building. 127 Elk Place is one building off of Canal (next to the Joy Theater) and was built in the early 1900’s as the headquarters for the Elk’s lodge.  Over the years, it has served as the headquarters for Gulf Oil and many other uses.  Originally, there was a swimming pool and full gymnasium.  Now, fully owned by Tulane University, the University is investing to bring this building back on line as a central presence in the very quickly developing downtown medical corridor.  The third and fourth floors have already been gutted and construction is about to begin. The award winning architectural firm of Eskew, Dumez and Ripple (EDR) is overseeing this multi-million dollar renovation. Donahue Favret have been selected as the contractors.

Having seen the final plans, I’m thrilled to report that the architects and interior designers have crafted a first class space.  Some of the highlights include a magnificent student lounge on the third floor with hand built window seating, a second smaller student lounge for quiet study, small reading and study rooms, a student kitchen, a faculty/staff lounge and kitchen, faculty conference room, a two story sun room with a hanging wall garden adjacent to the contemplative space, offices for faculty and staff, visiting faculty and adjunct faculty, doctoral students, student lockers and even a shower facility for those who brave the August heat and ride their bicycle to School.  Of course, there will be classrooms and all of them will be outfitted with audio and video technology.  One room will serve as an interview room with closed circuit electronics to broadcast live to the other classrooms. You can take a look at these plans yourself.

So, after 50-plus years, our School will be getting a new home.  We will triple our space and offer our faculty and students a first-class learning environment in a fully accessible space.  We will be centrally located and accessible to the community of which we are a central part as well.

I’ll provide more updates as the construction continues, but for now, make sure to review the plans and architectural drawings to get a feel for what our next spaces will be.

Ronald Marks, Ph.D.
Dean, Tulane School of Social Work


Construction Updates and Building Resources

July 22, 2014 Update
The final touches are being added to the building as the school will move in on Monday, Aug. 4. Below are some photos of the construction crews working feverishly to finish up the building.

Third Floor Lounge

Fourth Floor Lounge

Small Classroom

Garden Room


Large Classroom

Office Window

April 29, 2014 Update
Since our late update, there’s been a ton of light shed on the new look of our new home – literally.

As part of the project, most of the exterior window sashes have been replaced, which means that natural light is now streaming into very corner of the building. The difference is quite noticeable, and it will help give our new space the warm, welcoming feeling that our current building provides. 

Some other construction highlights are listed below: 

3rd Floor Hallway April 2014

  • All exterior walls have been insulated with spray-on foam insulation, which means the building will be a non-drafty, comfortable place in both winter and summer;
  • All walls have been framed, so our faculty, staff and students can see where doors/sidelights/transoms are located and how daylight and views will be experienced in the building;
  • Sheetrock is being installed, which means that classroom and office space on the third and fourth floors will be clearly defined in the coming weeks; 
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing work is ongoing, which is building the needed “behind-the-scenes” infrastructure for our students and faculty;
  • Sprinkler installation continues, which is a needed and welcome fire safety upgrade to the space; and
  • Furniture bids have been received, and all classroom and lounge furniture will be ordered soon

As you can see from the list above, the project is moving along at a quick pace, and I have every confidence that we're schedule to move into our new home before the start of the Fall 2014 semester. These are exciting times at the school. Keep your eye out for more updates as the construction progresses, and check out the photos of our third floor lounge and hallways under construction.

Feb 1, 2014 Update
As the construction progresses at Elk Place, the School will provide updates to the public and its community members. As of Feb. 1, the demolition has been completed, and construction will begin shortly. The School expects the construction to be completed by August 2014, and the school is scheduled to begin the Fall 2014 in the Elks Place Building. These dates could change as the construction continues, and we'll keep everyone updated on these time lines. Below are some photos from the recently gutted space.


Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, La. 70112  1-800-631-8234