Mussafer Hall

Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Renovation of and addition to a historic building on Tulane's historic Uptown academic quad
Tulane University, client
23,000 sf
Collaborators:

Wayne Troyer

Julie Babin

Nicholas Musser

Nancy Bowden Stewart

Toni DiMaggio

Ray Croft

Laura McAllister

Trent Gauthier

John Philip Mouton

Project Type: Institutional, Interiors

An ambitious renovation and addition to the existing, Dutch Renaissance-style “Building 9” on Tulane University’s front quad, Mussafer Hall brings to bear our firm’s expertise in both historic preservation and restoration and contemporary, modern design. Designed as a home for the Academic Advising Center, Career Services, and the Success Center, the building is a touchstone for Tulane students before they enroll, during their years at the university, and as they embark on their future careers. This multi-function program required that the building foster a connective environment within the Tulane community and beyond–a functional correlation to the physical connection of the historic building and its new addition.

Mussafer Hall was designed to achieve the university’s minimum LEED Silver certification through preserving and protecting the historic structure and significant live oak trees and by use of modern materials and systems to improve building performance and longevity. Interiors provide flexible spaces to maximize the functionality of the building for its various users; for example, an interview room by day can become a group study space in the evening. The addition is integrated into the historic uptown campus through its use of materials and proportions, which complement the existing, historic architecture of Building 9.

Mussafer Hall was dedicated on September 28, 2018, in a ceremony on Tulane’s historic front quad, and its LEED Gold Certification was confirmed in October.