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"The (Norman C. Francis Science and Academic) building at Xavier is a world class building. It would be a great building on any campus in the United States."

Norman C. Francis, President Xavier University of Louisiana

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Norman C. Francis Science Building, Xavier University

New Orleans, LA

AIA Louisiana Honor Award, 1999

A key design objective for the Norman C. Francis Science & Academic Building, a 109,000 SF addition to the University's older Science Building, was to create a true Center of Excellence on the campus. The building houses the Center for Environmental Science and provides biology, chemistry, computer & physics laboratories, support areas and faculty offices. More than 25% of the lab area is dedicated to research. Also included is a new vivarium which features thirteen holding rooms, a full operating room suite and full sterile cage wash area. The spacious atrium was designed to accommodate receptions and special events. The building also houses a state-of-the-art video conferencing center and is equipped with extensive audio/visual capabilities.