River and Coastal Center

The Tulane River and Coastal Center, managed by the ByWater Institute, is home to cross-institutional research and conference facilities. The Center is the first phase of a new Tulane University riverfront campus in downtown New Orleans. The TRCC is home to active laboratories for sediment dynamics research led by Dr. Mead Allison, Professor and Chair of the Tulane Department of River-Coastal Science & Engineering and Director of Physical Processes & Sediment Systems at The Water Institute of the Gulf. It also features facilities that are available for exhibitions, classes, demonstrations, shows, receptions, meetings, and/or conferences that relate to the mission of the ByWater Institute. The Forum is 1400 square feet with flexible seating and views of the Mississippi River. The Selley Foundation Room is 200 square feet with fixed conference seating and views of the river.

The site is located in New Orleans, on the Mississippi River. It is bounded by the river to the east, a property line just west of the flood wall and rail lines, and an existing Port Authority property to the north. This first phase of the project is on a portion of the Robin Street Wharf adjacent to the existing Mardi Gras World facility, which is used for creation and storage of parade floats, as well as a tourist destination and occasional event space. In the long term, the goal is to redevelop the entire wharf to include a riverfront promenade along a new research and education district adjacent to the Morial Convention Center and the related future convention center expansion to include residential, commercial and retail development.

LEED Information


Project Information

  • Awarded LEED Gold
  • Located on the Mississippi River between the Port Authority headquarters and Mardi Gras World. 
  • Approx. 5,800 Sq. Ft. 
  • Building will include research labs, office space and a large multi-purpose room 
  • Artifacts of the current warehouse building to remain, showing the history of the site as a port facility.

Project Teams

Planning Team

Design Team
Mihnea Dobre – Staff Architect, Design Services

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple – Architect
Schrenk, Endom & Flanagan - Structural & Civil Engineer
TLC Engineering for Architecture - MEP/FP Engineer
Spackman Mossop & Michaels - Landscape Architect

Construction Team
Robert Leard – Project Manager, Construction Services

Landis Construction Co., LLC