The new center is dedicated to studying and protecting Louisiana’s vital waterways and coast. The first element in the new waterfront campus, the center provides “touchdown” space for researchers performing field work on the river, delta and coast. Components include a sample-repackaging lab, office space, restrooms and the Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research, an assembly space that is designed to accommodate up to 120 people.
Given the environmental focus of the researchers using the space, Tulane is committed to a sustainable building that incorporates an HVAC system which efficiently addresses the fluctuating census in the building, which at times will be minimally occupied, while also protecting sensitive samples. Energy modeling provide by TLC demonstrated lighting power density and energy use as at least 25% below ASHRAE 90.1-2007. Energy monitoring / sub metering was included in the design to verify ongoing performance.