VergesRome Architects | New Orleans

LSU Dental School and Health Sciences Campus Renovation

The 25-acre campus of the LSU Dental School in New Orleans sustained severe flood and wind damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Eighteen buildings, over 500,000SF, were completely shut down. Basements housing critical equipment and first floor dental operatories were flooded. The extended loss of environmental controls exacerbated rampant mold growth extending beyond the height of the floodwaters, requiring thorough environmental testing and extensive remediation.

A multi-phase approach to restoring the Dental School facilities was adopted by the joint venture team of VergesRome Architects and Mathes Brierre Architects. The project management plan, incorporating intense strategic planning and coordination with FEMA, was critical due to the size and complexity of the Project. The team worked closely with FEMA, from initial storm damage assessments and Project Worksheet scope alignment, to analysis and design of mitigation method options and dry floodproofing measures for all campus facilities.

A new, raised, two-story Annex Building of approximately 40,000SF has been designed to house operations that previously occupied the basements and first floors of the Administration, Plant, and Clinic Buildings. Some affected operations include Central Sterilization, shipping and receiving operations, public reception and dental care facilities, and student teaching and training facilities. Other facilities destroyed by the flood, including animal research and care facilities, were redesigned and rebuilt as part of the $45,000,000 project.