Tulane University Building May be First for Louisiana

August 31, 2010

Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Phone: 504-865-5229

Dinwiddie Hall, a newly renovated historic Elizabethan-style building on the uptown campus of Tulane University, may have done the best job recycling of any construction project in the state. Seventy-five percent of the project’s construction waste was recycled, including metal, wood, concrete, drywall and other debris.

Tulane architects are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the building. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that verifies a building is designed in ways that increase energy savings and water efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and improves indoor environmental quality and use of resources.  

In the Dinwiddie renovation, which was begun in 2009 and completed when classes began this fall, features from the original 1923 structure were reused wherever possible. The project was implemented by local firms Waggonner & Ball Architects and Citadel Builders.  

“Fifty-one percent of the existing building interior elements have been reused, including doors and transoms, window frames and glass, plaster walls and hardwood flooring,” said Tulane campus planner Amber Mays Beezley. “The majority of the patching and repairing of hardwood floors was accomplished by reusing wood from flooring that was removed within the building.” Beezley also noted that 94 percent of the existing building's structural shell was reused, such as concrete floors, roof elements and exterior limestone.        

Dinwiddie is home to the Middle American Research Institute and the Department of Anthropology.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000