LSU College of Science Master Plan Study

In order to more effectively develop strategic planning documents and to chart a path for the college’s future, the LSU College of Science engaged Holly & Smith Architects and CannonDesign to complete a master plan study for the College of Science. The consultants worked with College leadership and faculty to identify the following goals which would guide the nature of the study:

  • Enable new methods of learning and innovation
  • Increase interdisciplinary scientific collaborations
  • Accommodate future growth
  • Prioritize existing facility upgrades

In May 2015, the team of consultants conducted a series of site assessments for the purpose of evaluating the general condition and utilization of existing College of Science space and buildings. The assessment was based on the following criteria:

  • Learning (suitability of classroom and class lab environment for desired pedagogy and instructional technology integration)
  • Research (suitability of environment to accommodate dynamic needs of modern research programs)
  • Collaborative (environments which support informal and formal student and faculty group interactions)
  • Infrastructure (age and capacity of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and condition of building envelope)
  • Accessibility (ease of access by disabled persons both entering the building and within internal spaces)

This report is a summary of the team’s findings and recommendations which will enable LSU to trans-form 60% of the college’s space to meet growing demands, develop new methods of learning and innovation, enhance its research programs, and relocate up to 43,000 net square feet of isolated space.


The Challenges The Current Situation The Vision The First Steps A New facility