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 Dillard’s 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.

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 which meet LEED Gold standards. Woodward Steel Group was a key member in helping to meet all of these challenges with successful solutions which allowed the Design+Build team to deliver this building on time and at cost.

In June 2011, the project was certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council. The project has also been awarded a South Central Construction Best of 2010 Louisiana Award of Excellence in the Green Building Category.

Other projects at Dillard University include Alexander Library, the International Center for Economic Freedom, Stern Hall, Lawless Chapel and fast track restoration work following Hurricane Katrina.

Thank you for your leadership in making this building the jewel in the crown at Dillard University. The Woodward team has been tremendous, and we have been very appreciative of their customer service focus in working with us to solve challenging issues. President Hughes’ vision is to clearly establish Dillard as a cathedral of learning. We have discovered ways to support to support her vision through the excellence of Woodward’s work on this facility (a cathedral in and of itself).

Walter L. Strong, PhD, Executive Vice President – Dillard University

Project Information

  • Category
    Educational Facility Construction
  • Owner
    Dillard University
  • Design
    Madison Madison International and Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects
  • Size
    130,000 Square Feet
  • Budget
  • Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Completion
    January 2010

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