Engineering Group

Dillard University Professional Schools Building

Dillard University is a prime example of one of Woodward’s long standing and continuing relationships. When Dillard was ready to proceed with a flagship building, they naturally turned to the trusted team at Woodward Design+Build to head up the effort. The Professional Schools Building is located on the historic campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. This 3-story, 130,000 square foot new construction serves not only as a 21st century gateway building for the University, but also as the key campus point for possible future expansion.

The Professional Schools Building houses classrooms, laboratories and offices for business and science faculty and students. Woodward Engineering Group helped in developing ways to include flexible auditoriums and public spaces that can be easily switched from single smaller use spaces for lectures and teaching to larger open spaces for special events. Nursing students have a high tech teaching simulation lab fully mirroring a working hospital. The community outreach area includes a health clinic, available community spaces, and a computer lab. The building has been been LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the first LEED Certified building on a college campus in Louisiana.

Challenges on this project included designing the exterior to mesh with the historic campus architecture, fabricating a structure whose design incorporates unique angles and site lines, and coordinating the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems to meet LEED Gold standards. All of these challenges were met with successful solutions which allowed the Design-Build team to deliver this building on time and at cost.

Project Info

  • Owner
    Dillard University
  • Architect
    Madison Madison International and Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects
  • Size
    130,000 square feet
  • Budget
    $40,000,000
  • Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Completion
    January 2010

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