New Advanced Technology Center on West Bank Campus Wins National Architecture Award

July 11, 2022

The new West Bank Campus Advanced Technology Center has won a 2022 Metal Architecture Design Award. The award was announced in the latest issue of Metal Architecture magazine. 

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The $9.3 million Advanced Technology Center at the Delgado Community College West Bank Campus in Algiers opened in August 2021. The center is designed to house all academic STEM programs including classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices. It also includes an open common space and meeting spaces.

Specifically, the center is focused on the healthcare, petrochemical, digital media and transportation logistics industries. The facility is intended to create a workforce pipeline for the West Bank’s industrial needs, and to ensure access to higher education.

Announcing funding for the project in 2018, Governor John Bel Edwards said it was important for students to get an education “in close proximity” to where they live.

The 32,000-square-foot facility is located at the corner of Shirley Drive and Constellation Street, on land acquired by Delgado from the Algiers Development District (ADD). The ADD is redeveloping Federal City, the site of the former Navy base in Algiers that is adjacent to the 15-acre Delgado campus.

The Delgado West Bank Campus is located at 2600 Gen. Meyer Avenue, and its frontage on the busy commercial and residential thoroughfare extends from Pace Boulevard to Shirley Drive.

The Delgado West Bank Campus has served Algiers and the West Bank for six decades as the local public college. The Delgado campus opened in 1967 to provide public higher education west of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area.

Delgado, the largest and oldest community college in Louisiana, has seven locations in the greater New Orleans region as well as dozens of robust, diverse online education programs.

Delgado Community College and the ADD previously collaborated to acquire and open the West Bank Campus Student Life Center, which opened in September 2015. That 10,800-square-foot building was the former chapel at the Navy base. A $2 million investment by Delgado transformed it into a thriving center for student activities and community events.

In August 2018, Delgado Community College opened its River City Site and Advanced Manufacturing Center in Avondale, also serving the West Bank.

Advanced Technology Center

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The new West Bank Campus Advanced Technology Center in Algiers. Photo by Ken West Photography for Metal Architecture magazine.