Project data

  • Location New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Size 66,500 SF
  • Services Audio-visual, Commissioning, Communications, MEP/F, Security, Sustainability
  • Client Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Photographer Timothy Hursley Will Crocker

About this project

Design and commissioning for the research building that offers support and guidance to emerging biotechnology companies commercializing technologies primarily derived from New Orleans-based universities. The New Orleans BioInnovation Center provides tenants with wet laboratories, office space, and meeting and conference spaces; and caters to a wide variety of companies, ranging from pre-startups and start-ups, to maturing and expanding businesses. Laboratory spaces range from bench space for individual efforts to full laboratory suites. Each laboratory is environmentally isolated with fume hoods, emergency backup systems, administrative space, dedicated phone and data lines, and access to shared equipment. Construction documents were also provided for an 11,000 square foot FDA compliant clinical manufacturing facility, including ISO 6, 7 and 8 cleanrooms. Sustainable features include utility monitoring systems, building skin optimization, condensate recovery, rainwater harvesting, demand controlled ventilation, variable volume laboratory airflow controls, daylighting, lighting controls, bilevel lighting, and high efficiency transformers. This facility achieved LEED Gold certification and was named one of the 2015 COTE Top Ten Green Projects by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Audio-visual systems bridging documents for an audio and video presentation system and a distributed audio system for overhead paging and background music in Conference Room 104; an audio and video presentation system for Conference Room 120; and an integrated video presentation system with multiple displays in Conference Room 110. Communications elements include structured cabling, telephone switching, and building LAN systems, as well as preparation of a technical request-for-proposal to procure these systems. We also provided a security consultation including preparation of a security report and electronic security systems design.