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Tulane University will soon complete a sweeping $13.5 million renovation of laboratory spaces in the J. Bennett Johnston Health and Environmental Research Building, setting the stage for a vibrant hub of interdisciplinary research on Tulane Avenue. The project will represent the first major research space to bring together the schools of Science and Engineering, Medicine, and Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
The project called the “The Ballroom” transformed traditional, compartmentalized lab space on three floors of the building — roughly 37,500 square feet — into five large, open areas capable of accommodating multiple researchers from different schools into “ballroom labs.”
The ultimate goal is to enhance the Tulane’s medical research output through interdisciplinary research projects involving the physical sciences, engineering and public health into working groups that will cross-pollinate between ideas and concepts through an open innovation process.