Tulane University to dedicate new building to benefactor Paul Flower

10 December 2012

Tulane University will dedicate its new building for research and innovation to benefactor Paul Flower, who earned a master’s degree in engineering from Tulane in 1975 and is the President and CEO of Woodward Design + Build.

The Times-Picayune

Tulane University to dedicate a center of research, entrepreneurship

The Times-Picayune

10 December 2012

By John Pope, Nola.com | Times Picayune

Tulane University on Tuesday will dedicate a four-story building that is expected to be not only a center of scientific and engineering research but also an incubator for fledgling companies. The ceremony for the Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation will start at 3:30 p.m. on the Uptown campus.

Although Flower Hall is destined to be a bustling center of scientific and entrepreneurial activity, the building itself is almost hidden behind a towering live oak that nobody wanted to cut down, said Kat Engleman, the senior development director of the School of Science and Engineering. The tree stands just south of Freret Street, between the Lindy Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology and the Science and Engineering Lab Complex.

About 10,000 of the building’s 24,000 square feet will be given over to 13 research laboratories where, Engleman said, interdisciplinary work will be carried on that will involve not only people from other Tulane departments but also from other colleges and universities.

These investigations are expected to bolster the local economy by leading to the creation of companies in fields such as environmental remediation, vaccine delivery, solar energy, gene delivery and carbon-dioxide reduction.

The second and third floors of the building are empty. Completing those floors, which is expected to occur in the next two years, is not included in the building’s announced cost of $7.4 million, Engleman said.

Flower Hall replaces Francis Taylor Laboratory, which was built in 1949 and, university officials said, wasn’t equipped for 21st-century research.

Paul Flower, who earned a master’s degree in engineering at Tulane in 1975, is owner of Woodward Design + Build, the architecture firm that designed the building. Donna Flower is his wife.

The federal Economic Development Administration gave $1.2 million for the project. An unspecified amount came from Irwin Frankel, a 1942 engineering graduate who died in 2010.

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