Governor Bobby Jindal announced at a press conference on Tuesday, December 17 that a new "Water Campus" will be built in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Dover-Kohl has been working with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to design the 30 acre campus that will be the new home of The Water Institute of the Gulf. The campus is expected to grow into a major center for the science and research of river deltas.
Among the first buildings to be built will be a 50,000 square-foot River Modeling Center that will house a physical model of the lower Mississippi River. In a city that is mostly cut off from the river by a large levee and industrial uses, the campus will help to reestablish the city's relationship to the river by connecting directly to the old city dock. The restored dock will be home to a coastal education and research center, public education exhibits and the headquarters of the The Water Institute of the Gulf.
The plan also calls for construction of a new streetcar line that will connect downtown Baton Rouge to Louisiana State University and pass in front of the Water Campus along the Nicholson corridor. The Water Campus' walkable streets, public spaces and urban buildings will be a major step toward fostering a better connection between downtown and LSU.
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