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University Medical Center


Louisiana State University


New Orleans, Louisiana

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The new Louisiana State University (LSU) Academic Medical Center is designed to replace the 68-year-old Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO), which was heavily damaged and closed following Hurricane Katrina. The projected $1.2 billion facility is part of a medical district which includes a new United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, currently under design.

The project will bring a new World Class Academic Medical Center to downtown New Orleans. The design incorporates the best practices of Evidence Based Design, Sustainability, Operational Efficiency, and Flexibility & Growth for the Future.  The environments will transform the Patient Experience and attract the best and the brightest staff.   The new Level 1 Trauma Center is designed to mitigate the effects of Natural Disasters including wind, floods and earthquakes.  The development will also serve as an economic anchor in the post-Katrina recovery of New Orleans.

Project Scope: new academic medical center, including 424 patient beds, five trauma rooms, 76 emergency department stations,  26 Behavioral Health stations , 23 operating rooms, eight interventional suites, 186 clinical exam rooms, 31 treatment rooms, eight CT and four MR scan rooms, 68 conference/class rooms.

Building: 1,600,000 GSF
– Hospital—1,355,000 GSF
– Ambulatory Care Building—245,000 GSF
–  1,350 space parking garage

Site: 37-acres

The project is a joint venture of Blitch Knevel Architects of New Orleans and NBBJ of Seattle.