The Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans had planned for a major renovation and an expansion to the University Center in 2003. Needing to relocate certain functions to other buildings on campus, Tulane University needed a reliable, short-term building solution that could house a variety of student services and be constructed quickly and at a lower overall cost than traditional structures.
Tulane University turned to Sprung because of its limited foundation requirements, large clearspan design and speed of delivery.
In September 2003, Tulane University leased (with option to buy) a 100′ wide x 200′ long Sprung tensioned fabric structure with a Dupont Tedlar “Concord Cream” architectural membrane. With a peak height of 43 feet, the structure has ample room to incorporate self-supporting mezzanines that provide sufficient storage space, eating areas and offices.
Quickly erected, the fully insulated 20,000-square-foot Sprung structure provides much-needed space for student services and houses food and supply services like a 7,925-square-foot Barnes and Noble bookstore, and an 11,966-square-foot food court with an Einstein Bros., Bagel Outlet, Taco Bell, Sushi Bar, and Pasta Bar.
“Sprung designed the structure to withstand 100 mph winds. We were so pleased with its performance and versatility that we exercised the option to purchase. We know it will help us in our growing need for more space. It is my pleasure to highly recommend Sprung to anyone in need of an ‘instant’ structure.”