Water Institute of the Gulf Campus

Location:Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Client: Commercial Properties Realty Trust, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Project description: Baton Rouge Area Foundation, working with state and federal leaders, founded the Water Institute of the Gulf as a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated the advancing understanding of coastal and deltaic systems and applying scientific and technological solutions for the benefit of society. The Water Institute of the Gulf was created to serve as a collaboration hub among the best scientists and engineers in the world. The Water Institute is driving innovation in coastal restoration and hurricane protection.

The development of the Water Campus is made possible by the partnership between the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and is comprised of land purchased and donated by the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority, the State of Louisiana and the City of Baton Rouge. The initial phase included the dedication of approximately 30 acres and a $45 million construction investment for 3 facilities. The campus only strengthens the efforts to address the coastal issues facing Louisiana and also provides a database for conditions worldwide. The work here also supports a growing coastal protection industry. Surrounding areas will be privately developed but will be consistent with the Water Campus Master Plan. The Louisiana Economic Development is in strong support as it views water management as one of the key factors for state growth and development. The Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA) Chair Garret Graves said, “The loss of south Louisiana communities, industry and seafood to hurricanes, floods, and erosion is the greatest threat facing our state today."

Size: 30 Acres

Services: Planning

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