Joint Venture with Ashe Broussard Weinzettle Architects
Expansion and renovation of vintage cafeteria repurposed into a new student center
Beginning in the 1990’s Louisiana Tech University initiated a major campus re- development to enhance student life, and Tolliver Hall is the feature component of the new campus development. In collaboration with the university, the Tipton Associates / ABW Joint Venture team renovated this previously vacant vintage 1930’s cafeteria. Conceived as the center of student life on campus, the program incorporated student organization offices, retail, food service, campus information services, performance and meeting spaces in a marketplace environment. The design solution included a flexible steel armature inside of the existing building to support changing market concepts over time. The Ropp Center, also renovated by Tipton Associates / ABW Joint Venture Team, serves as a companion facility to Tolliver supporting faculty life on campus.