Tulane University’s River and Lake Residence Halls is the first phase of a multi-phase student housing redevelopment project.
The first of five new on-campus residence halls are now complete on Tulane University’s campus. The multi-phase student residence development is designed to improve the student experience while providing modern learning and living environments. After completing a six-month enabling phase to upgrade site utilities, the team set to work on foundations and structure of these 7-story, 230,000 square foot residence halls. The complicated structure stands on auger cast piles with a concrete podium foundation and split-level 2nd and 3rd floors are on post tension concrete.
The first floor consists of the major entrance and amenities, and each hall (named River and Lake) features double height (2-story) lounges between each floor (2-3rd, 4-5th, and 6-7th). The second floors house kitchens, staff apartments, and laundry rooms. The 391 units are housed between floors 3-7 in addition to study lounges and the double height lounges.
The 697 students that occupy the new residence halls enjoy a highly sustainable environment as the project was designed and built to meet LEED Silver certification requirements. Key features of the sustainable building include water, energy, and atmosphere efficiency design, while sustainable construction practices included local material sourcing, prefabrication and just in time deliveries to maximize efficiencies and reduce waste.