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Norman C. Francis Academic/Science Complex


Xavier University


New Orleans, LA

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Blitch Knevel designed the Academic/Science Complex to be a model of energy efficiency and conservation for the Xavier campus. This goal was realized through the building’s square shape, modular grid, unique 3’-0” thick storage and insulating walls, and the use of natural ventilation.

The first floor is earth-bermed for natural insulation and the windows are deeply recessed for solar shading.