Take a look inside LSU’s Patrick F. Taylor Hall following its $116M renovation, expansion
The entrance faces Nicholson Drive Extension on the south side of the LSU campus. The complex was completed in several phases, and collectively encompasses more than 436,000 square feet of usable space, including about 41,200 square feet of student collaboration space, nearly 135,000 square feet of teaching and lab space, 1,576 classroom seats and 272 faculty and staff offices.
Patrick F. Taylor Hall
South Quad Drive
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM MUELLER
Architect: Perkins+Will and Coleman Partners Architects
Contractor: The Lemoine Company
Cost: $116 million
Completed: December 2017
Use: Houses the majority of the LSU College of Engineering departments, as well as the college’s administration
Form follows function: “The new Patrick F. Taylor Hall represents the model for future academic and research space at LSU, from its transparent interior design that reflects the ‘Engineering on Display’ goal, flexible classroom arrangements for modern teaching pedagogies and ample space for students to gather together, to its exterior architecture that is characteristic of the LSU campus. This building, completed on schedule and within budget, is now the largest on LSU’s campus, largest educational building in Louisiana, and largest engineering building in the U.S.”
—Roger Husser, LSU assistant vice president for planning, design and construction
LSU faculty member Alison Burkley experiments with a 3-D computer-aided virtual environment at the new MMR BIM Laboratory. The virtual reality environment is made up of 44 separate 55-inch, 4K OLED displays in a circular formation. Building information modeling (BIM) can be used to experience a virtual, immersive look into a building or structure before it’s built.
The Cambre Atrium in the Chemical Engineering Building area was completed in December 2016. The continuous three-story atrium has suspended cloud ceiling lights and terrazzo flooring. Glassed-in labs, classrooms and office space allows students and guests to observe many of the teaching and research space, and carries out the theme of “Engineering on Display.”
The renovation and expansion project included a complete gutting of the old CEBA building. This area was once an open air courtyard, but is now an enclosed dining area called The Commons.