Research Facilities

Tulane is undertaking a master planning effort to accommodate state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary academic and translational research laboratory facilities.

As part of the Renewal Plan, Tulane University is undertaking a master planning effort for the School of Medicine and Life Sciences to accommodate state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary academic and translational research laboratory facilities for both existing researchers and anticipated new hires. Tulane is seeking to support collaborative work between the health sciences and the biological and physical sciences and to spur the university's research mission. The planning will yield newly improved research space, allowing Tulane researchers to compete with peer institutions for faculty, students and research funding. The goal is to retain and recruit the best scientists and students from around the country and world.

Tulane has engaged the architectural and planning firm of RMJM Hillier, with GPR-Jacobs Consultancy, to assess existing research facilities within the downtown New Orleans campus. RMJM Hillier and GPR-Jacobs will propose approaches for moving ahead with the renovation of existing space and developing site options for new research space. The master plan will also encompass a strategy to create a sense of place and identity for Tulane's downtown New Orleans campus.

The seven month planning process will conclude at the end of May 2008. During this time the planning firm will meet with members of Tulane's senior administration, the project working group and constituent groups in the School of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Additional notes about principal members of the planning team:

RMJM Hillier is a national expert in the design of medical research and clinical care facilities. RMJM Hillier is the North American division of RMJM Group, one of the largest architectural practices in the world with 1,200 people and 17 offices in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. The firm provides services in architecture, interior design, master planning, historic preservation, landscape design, environmental graphics and computer visualization through a network of offices in New York, Princeton, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

GPR-Jacobs Consultancy is a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in programming, planning and design of research and instructional laboratories. Its offices in New York, California, and New Jersey have designed over 500 laboratory facilities for institutional, corporate and governmental clientele since 1978.

Waggonner & Ball, a New Orleans based architecture firm, has worked with Tulane University on numerous planning, programming and design projects including Goldring Woldenberg II, McWilliams Hall and Law School addition on Tulane's uptown campus.

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