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Architects chosen to design first building on new Water Campus on Mississippi River


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Coleman Partners and global architecture firm Perkins+Will have been chosen to design the first building on the new Water Campus between downtown Baton Rouge and LSU.

The Advocate reports ( ) the firms were among four finalists for the project along the Mississippi River.

The 45,000-square-foot, $20 million building will be headquarters for the Water Institute of the Gulf, and a research and interpretive center.

The building site is the historical Baton Rouge City Dock, completed in 1926. The building will consist of an interpretive gallery, exhibit areas, offices, research labs, and meeting and conference facilities.

Construction of the Water Institute of the Gulf is set to begin later this year and the building is expected to open in 2016.

This is the first of three buildings in the Water Campus that are to begin construction later this year.

The other properties are the $20 million headquarters for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the River Modeling Center, which will have a small-scale model of the Mississippi River.

The two other buildings also are set to open in 2016.

The Water Campus will have 1.5 million square feet of space on the 33-acre site once it is fully built out and private firms set up shop so they can be close to the CPRA and the Water Institute of the Gulf.

Information from: The Advocate,

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