Offices of Inside Tulane Move Off Campus

February 1, 1998

Nick Marinello

The Office of University Publications, which publishes Inside Tulane, will join several other units in the Office of Institutional Advancement in moving off campus. The move will begin a kind of chain reaction of relocation, all of which should be completed by the end of February.

Along with publications, other offices in institutional advancement that are moving include those of the associate vice president, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, alumni and development information services and planned giving. While publications will be vacating its long-time location on the third floor of Hebert Hall, the other offices will be moving out of the Monk Simons Building and the ADIS house on Willow St.

According to Alice Walther, the manager of project planning who has helped facilitate the move since it was announced in spring 1997, all offices are expected to be relocated into their new quarters on three renovated floors of the Medical Arts Building, 3439 Prytania St., by mid February.

According to Tony Lorino, senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer, Tulane has signed a 10-year lease with JMH Realty for the space. The lease payment, which includes the amortization of the cost of the renovation, should be approximately $200,000 a year, said Lorino.

The move should have a positive effect on the campus parking situation, said Ken Dupaquier, director of public safety. "We sat down and looked at the number of parking permits held by members of institutional advancement," said Dupaquier, "and estimated that about 60 parking places should be freed up by the move."

The two parking lots most affected by the move, said Dupaquier, are the Monk Simons lot (next to the tennis courts) and the adjacent Favrot lot. Both lots are available to students, faculty and staff. Others areas of the campus are also affected by the move. Once the Monk Simons Building is empty, said Walther, it will undergo a two-week period of renovation to accommodate four new tenants.

The offices of Army and Air Force ROTC, which have been housed in Cudd Hall, will take the bulk of the space in Monk Simons, said Walther. A portion of the second floor, however, will house the facilities of the Institute for Resident Initiatives, which has been sharing space in Gibson Hall with the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Also sharing in second-floor space at the Monk Simons Building is the business school's Levy Rosenblum Foundation, which has most recently been located in a conference room in Goldring/ Woldenberg Hall, and Tulane Emergency Medical Service (TEMS), which in recent months has been located off campus in a university-owned house.

During this same time frame, the administrative offices of Bill Bertrand, vice president for technology and innovation, are moving onto the third floor of Hebert Hall. Joining them will be the administrative offices of Tulane College, which are temporarily moving out of the college's traditional roost in Cudd Hall to make way for restoration of that building to its turn-of-the-century design. Upon completion of the renovation, targeted for the end of 1998, Tulane College will move back to Cudd Hall.

Not all institutional advancement offices are moving to the Prytania Street location. Alumni affairs will remain in its Willow Street location in the Alumni House, and the Office of Annual Fund will stay put at its 2510 Calhoun St. address. The office of Julie Walker, vice president for institutional advancement, is moving to Gibson Hall.

The campus will remain in flux as a number of offices are slated to move in late spring or summer to the building formerly occupied by Rohm's Floral Designs and Greenhouses at 8333 Maple St. That building was purchased by the university in late September, said Lorino, at a cost of $1,135,000. Although plans were not finalized at press time, there has been discussion about moving the offices of purchasing and receiving to the new location, said Walther.

Other areas likely to be moved, she said, include asset inventory (storage of furniture and equipment), library storage and "pieces of the physical plant operation" including the greenhouse and some heavy equipment.

Editor's note: Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for all offices and staff members will remain the same.

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