Tulane University - Israel Environmental Sciences Building

City-Inspired Environmental Science

The Israel Environmental Sciences Building is an addition to Stern Hall, the main science building at Tulane’s uptown campus. Using a masonry facade, the focal addition enlivens the Front Quad and provides an inviting entry courtyard for all the sciences.

An intimate courtyard is formed by the existing Stern building and the Israel Environmental Sciences Building. Its inspiration comes from the local New Orleans architecture. The connecting stair and bridges help activate the space and make it a vibrant social center for the sciences. Introductory chemistry teaching labs occupy the most inviting floor. Careful planning combines individual ventilated cabinets adjacent to shared computing platforms; these labs cluster around a computation lab which enlivens the inner courtyard.

The top floor of the building is occupied by two organic and one advanced organic teaching lab—all enjoy panoramic views of the main campus. Faculty offices, conference rooms, chemical storage rooms and informal meeting areas are adjacent to the labs, fostering a collaborative environment for professors, seniors and graduate students.

Green architecture is a theme of the Israel Environmental Sciences Building, and several features were chosen to introduce indigenous design to the campus, including a cool courtyard as a central organizing space. Offices with operable windows and ceiling fans are clustered at either end around casual social areas. Visibility and casual meetings are integral to the design.


New Orleans, LA

Building Type

Research Lab, Teaching Lab, Office, Conference, Break Areas


50,000 SF

  • 2000, AIA New England, Merit Award - Excellence in Architecture
  • 2001, National Commercial Builders Council, Merit Award Institutional - Awards of Excellence

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