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Computer Science and Technology Building, Southeastern Louisiana University

Posted: January 30, 2019 | Projects

The Science & Technology Building at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond LA, houses the new Engineering Technology program at Southeastern Louisiana University. The project consists of high bay laboratory spaces on the first floor. Smaller labs, classrooms, and computer labs are located on the second floor. Faculty offices, research labs, and the department suite are on the third floor.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Scherer

Many sustainable strategies have been integrated into the site design such as water efficient native vegetation, transportation orientation tactics, and high albedo concrete material for the site paving and roof surfaces to reduce the heat island effect.

Polished concrete floors, low VOC emitting building products, and the use of regional materials contribute to the building’s sensitivity to the environment. Through recycling programs, built in controls for lighting and thermal comfort, reduced water usage facilities, and having 75% of the building being lit by daylight, the Science & Technology building is designed to reduce energy consumption and cost.

Additionally, an experimental apparatus at the west facade of the building will serve the dual purpose of being a shading scrim while also veiling a research focused roof deck at the third floor. The grid framework of the scrim will allow for the flexible attachment of instruments and machines such as wind turbines, solar photo voltaic panels, and various types of robotics based research equipment.

By incorporating high tech sustainable architecture as part of the design process, coupled with recycling programs, lighting controls and reduced water facilities, the new science and technology building remains a working example to students of the benefits offered by a sustainable design and serves as an inspiration for the future.



Building Envelope: Alucobond®
Roofing: Soprema
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Walls: Kawneer
Flooring: Ameripolish®
Elevators: Otis

Project Team -------------


Holly & Smith Architects
208 N. Cate Street
Hammond, LA 70401

Structural Engineer

McKee & Deville Consulting Engineers, Inc.
8022 Oak Hollow Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

M & E Consulting, Inc.
1304 Bertrand Drive, #F7
Lafayette, LA 70506

General Contractor

Percy J. Matherne Contractor, Inc.
P.O. Box 74070
Baton Rouge, LA 70874

Date Bid: Aug 2013

Construction Period: Sep 2013 to Aug 2017         

Total Square Feet: 69,930

Site: 2.63 acres.

Number of Buildings: One.

Building Sizes: First floor, 26,350; second floor, 25,340; each additional floor, 18,240; total, 69,930 square feet. 

Building Height: First floor, 21’; second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 14’;  total, 52’. 

Basic Construction Type: New.

Foundation: Cast-in-place, auger piling.

Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, aluminum composite panels.

Roof: Built-up, SBS.

Floors: Concrete.

Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

View full project details in the January/February 2019 issue of DCD