December 17, 2007
Murphy Building Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corp., donated the former Murphy Exploration Building and parking garage located at 131 South Robertson St. in downtown New Orleans to Tulane University on Friday (Dec. 14).
The view from the top of the 15-story Murphy Exploration Building (lower left) donated by the Murphy Oil Corp. overlooks the downtown medical district. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
“We are overwhelmed by this generous donation,” Tulane University President Scott Cowen said. “This will allow us to expand and enhance our mission as a major research university. This is the latest in a long legacy of support we have received from those affiliated with the Murphy Oil Corp.”
Cathy Pierson, the former chair of the Board of Tulane and sister of Claiborne P. Deming, Murphy Oil Corp. president and chief executive officer, was instrumental in securing the donation.
“Throughout its history Murphy Oil Corp. has been actively involved in enhancing education on all levels. The donation of this building continues this tradition while offering Tulane University an excellent facility and opportunity to expand. I greatly appreciate the commitment and generosity of the Murphy Oil Corp. leadership,” Pierson said.
Deming said Tulane was a perfect fit for the donation.
“We are pleased to donate the building to such a renowned educational institution as Tulane knowing the structure will be put to good use for years to come. We wish the university continued success in its extraordinarily important endeavor of educating America’s next generation of leaders,” Deming said.
The university will primarily use the building to continue the expansion of its School of Medicine, including administrative and educational offices, and a planned $5 million medical training simulation center, which will be one of the few such medical resources in the country.
Tulane offices should begin occupying the building during the first quarter of 2008. The Murphy Exploration Building, a 15-story, 204,500-square-foot office building, was constructed in 1983 and has been significantly renovated over the years. A parking garage with capacity for 233 cars adjoins the building.
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