The Water Campus - page 6

The Water Campus is being developed in partnership with Louisiana and East Baton
Rouge Parish governments, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration
Authority, Louisiana universities, and nonprofits.
Nicholson Drive, Terrace Street,
Mississippi River, I-10
1.8 million square feet
Total acres:
Developing over the next decade, TheWater Campus
will rise on 35 acres along the Mississippi, adjacent
to downtown Baton Rouge. In that time, the number
of researchers and support staff employed at the
facility will expand to over 4,000. More than 1.8
million square feet of labs, research facilities and
commercial space will enable them to carry out their
vital work in a collaborative environment – studying
coastal threats, formulating theories, exchanging
ideas, and cooperating to arrive at innovative
solutions that might never be possible working alone.
The Water Campus will be for more than science and
engineering. Other types of firms are expected to
occupy the Campus, taking advantage of its
riverfront location next to existing employment
centers, alternative transportation and unburdened
road network.
The evolution of the campuswill be guided by a blueprint
created by Urban Design Associates, preeminent
among the nation’s urban planning firms. The site and
design of the destination were selected to further
enrich our cityscape by stimulating new growth
downtown, which has already seen more than
$2 billion in comeback investments, as well as
sparking development along Nicholson Drive, a key
link between the city center and Louisiana State
University. Urban Design Associates designed the
campus to balance ample room for supporting work,
public spaces and parkland – an attractive mix of
different uses, all connected in a shared space along
the banks of one of the world’s most powerful and
important rivers.
First tenants:
The Water Institute of
the Gulf, the Louisiana Coastal Protection
and Restoration Authority, LSU River
Modeling Center
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