Inside RMH

Interior photo of mid-renovation historic building with exposed beams for a new sub-floor running vertical in the picture and large windows on either side and back wall of the large room

photos courtesy of Tulane Facilities Services

Progress continues at historic Richardson Memorial Hall renovation

Major structural work is being completed at Richardson Memorial Hall, the historic home of Tulane School of Architecture, and framing of the building's addition will begin soon.

This winter, construction progress has included adding all new floors, preparing for underground utilities work, and tying everything into the infrastructure of the campus, such as installing water, sewer and electrical lines.

"The building is entirely opened up now, giving them a chance to update the entire structure," said Senior Professor of Practice Byron Mouton, who serves as the school's faculty coordinator for the project. "We're just about ready to see the progress of the scheme. In-ground work is substantially complete and they're preparing to install pile caps. Then we'll start to see the framing take place. We should see the mass of the building soon."

Meanwhile, progress is also being made to visualize the building's future, giving a glimpse of what's to come. Renovation curator and Director of Fabrication Nick LiCausi produced a flythrough animation featuring renderings by student Leah Bohatch (B.Arch Class of '23). This first-person drone perspective takes viewers on a journey through the renovated building and its new addition. (scroll below for more about this).

Work on the historic Richardson Memorial Hall began in spring 2022 with Tulane Capital Projects leading project partners Trapolin-Peer Architects and Broadmoor LLC Construction to renovate the building's existing 45,000 square feet and add 15,000 square feet to the rear of the structure.

Project completion was initially scheduled during the 2023-2024 academic year. However, structural repairs to the building were substantially more than expected. The adjusted completion date is the 2024-2025 academic year, according to Tulane University Campus Services.

"We’ve enjoyed working with the School of Architecture faculty and the design team on a historic renovation and expansion and look forward to completion of the project for the 2024-2025 academic year," said Randy Philipson, Vice President of Facilities, Campus Development and Real Estate at Tulane University.

Interior of large room undergoing historic renovation with new wood floors and exposed ceiling beams high above.
Work on the historic Richardson Memorial Hall has included major structural repairs. Photos courtesy of Tulane Facilities Services.
Interior photo of a lower level of renovation project, looking up from a concrete floor through new floor beams above
Interior photo of renovation of historic building, looking at a doorway and above at exposed floor beams above the doorway


Digital perspective drawing of interior communal space, used for meetings and studio pinups, in the proposed renovation at Richardson Memorial Hall

Take a journey through the future Richardson Memorial Hall with this four-minute flythrough animation on YouTube or on Vimeo.

Two people wearing hard hats and safety vests stand inside the entrance of RMH lobby with one person pointing up to a beam

As tours began at the RMH site, TuSA documented faculty, staff, students and members of the Broadmoor and Tulane project team. See photos on our Flickr page and a video on YouTube.

Student with a VR headset stands in front of a wall with images of the VR space inside the RMH renovation

TuSA's Fabrication Labs creates a virtual reality exhibit of its new space, based on plan drawings from project architects at Trapolin-Peer Architects. See the video simulation.

Richardson Memorial Hall is gearing up for a renovation that promises to bring the school to the next level of architecture and design education.