New facility connects historical context with the emerging technology of biosciences / 65,500 square foot biotech laboratory located in New Orleans' downtown Medical District
Developed on a former brownfield site on New Orleans’ famous Canal Street, this 65,500-sq-ft biotech laboratory serves as a new business incubator facility in the revitalised downtown medical district of New Orleans. The facility was programmed for multi-tenant use with targeted occupants in the science and medical fields. A proportionally large number of public spaces were created specifically to create venues for interaction and creative collaboration amongst this compatible tenant mix. Modular laboratory units and office space designs also provide tenants the opportunity to easily scale their business growth up or down as the market demands.
The architectural character of the building serves to connect the history of Canal Street with the emerging technology of the biosciences while respecting both the scale and fabric of its unique urban context. A 3,000-sq-ft interior courtyard is visible from the Canal Street side through the Center’s transparent glass façade. The building’s glazing is protected by sunscreens to limit energy costs, create comfortable daylighting for its occupants, and provide important storm protection.
Interior public amenities include a flexible 100-person conferencing center with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment; a 2,000-sq-ft retail / food service area open to Canal Street ; and an interior atrium facing an outdoor courtyard, with public break areas and outdoor balconies at each floor level. The building has been designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards, a first for a laboratory building in the City of New Orleans and includes sustainable design features such as pioneering infrastructure to support public electric vehicle charging stations in the area, a sophisticated water management system that detains virtually all stormwater on site, as well as a high degree of occupant control of lighting and heating / cooling systems to provide for visual and thermal comfort for the building’s tenants.