in the highly constrained urban context of New Orleans, Tulane University
operates across two campuses and four locations: the Uptown campus, Downtown
medical campus, River and Coastal Center, University Square, Elmwood, and Iris
Avenue. The master plan, developed by Sasaki in conjunction with the university,
aligns each of the campuses and locations with mission-related and operational
needs. The recommendations of the plan address several aspects of future
development including: academic, research and student life facility needs;
landscape and open space structure; stormwater management; and mobility. Parallel to the master planning process, the City Council of New Orleans
approved a new comprehensive zoning ordinance (CZO) in May 2015. The master
plan addresses key requirements of the CZO including building heights and
setbacks, stormwater retention, traffic, and parking.
Recommendations for the Uptown campus reorganize academic and research activities
to improve collaboration and efficiency, while also setting out a strategy for
comprehensive facility renewal and replacement. Back-of-house administrative
uses are shifted to the periphery, concentrating academic and student life uses
in the campus core. This strategy is coordinated with landscape and mobility
improvements designed to unify three areas of the campus separated by city
streets. Within each area, the landscape structure is renewed and enhanced,
especially in three major quads: Gibson Quad, the Unified Green and the
Recreation Quad. In response to the requirements of the CZO, Sasaki developed an
Institutional Master Plan (IMP) for the Uptown campus, setting out a 10-year
actionable plan for future development and the associated stormwater, landscape,
parking, and traffic impacts.
The master plan for the Downtown medical campus focuses on consolidating
academic departments and creating additional student amenity space, with the
goal of improving campus cohesiveness and identity. Streetscape improvements
are proposed to create a stronger sense of place and an enhanced public realm.
The plan also responds to current and future medical and institutional development
to the north and east of the campus.
The River and Coastal Center, University Square, Elmwood, and Iris Avenue
locations are leveraged in the master plan to accommodate specialized needs. For
example, the master plan explores the potential use of the Iris Avenue site for
athletics and recreation facilities to replace those currently leased
elsewhere. It also examines partnership and research options for the River and
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