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Tulane University Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center for Biotechnology

TulaneDesigned to launch learning and research into the next century, the seven story Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology is a triumphant mergence of precision and beauty. One million dollars in state-of-the-art laboratory, computer and research equipment has been invested in the Center, the architectural anchor of Tulane University's engineering and sciences complex.

Special building techniques were required to create a stable, vibration-free environment, allowing the equipment to operate at optimum efficiency.

Built to support above average live loads of 100 pounds per square foot, the cast-in-place structure, utilizing 101/2" thick floor slabs and sheer walls, ensures that no vibration offset calibrations and sensitive instrument readings.

Each room has its own temperature control and ventilation system, and critical environmental controls protect sensitive equipment in the laboratory. A portion of the test facility is shielded from radio frequencies with a lining of copper mesh sheeting, thus preventing interference from stray radio signals. Totally energy efficient in design, the Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center has been constructed with double glazed windows and above normal wall and roof insulation which meet the stringent requirements of the United States Department of Energy.

In spite of the highly technical nature of this building, its exterior, incorporating brick masonry, architectural precast, and glass, is in complete harmony with the ivy covered buildings of past generations.

Owner: Tulane University

Architect: Broadmoor, LLC

Contract Value: $7,000,000

Services: General Contractor


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