Delgado Community College

Nursing and Allied Health Campus

The renovation of an existing eight-story building will provide a new facility to consolidate nursing and 22 additional allied health programs, including sonography, EMT/paramedic, massage therapy, medical lab tech, pharmacy, surgical tech, dialysis and radiology. This specialized facility will provide didactic and clinical spaces to support these fast-growing programs and outreach in the region. Additionally, the facility will accommodate culinary and hospitality programs under a separate budget.

The state-of-the-art facility provides department-specific skills labs and simulation training environments to address the full spectrum of care from cradle to grave. To remain competitive with peer institutions, the College is emphasizing cutting-edge technology such as virtual anatomy and reality lab and carved out dedicated space for an anatomage table.

An entire floor is dedicated to inpatient and outpatient care environments. The virtual hospital will include standard patient rooms, isolation rooms, ICU, pre- and post-op wards, OR’s, birthing and pediatric rooms. These inpatient spaces will be used by all degree programs to provide realistic equipment and environments for high-fidelity practice and testing. A home suite will be shared by nursing, respiratory care, occupational therapy and funeral services for simulated outpatient exercises. Patient exams spaces are included in the program for additional outpatient practice. Centrally located debrief and waiting spaces provide the required support for meaningful and safe feedback on mock clinical exercises.

In addition to the labs, the building also will house offices, general education classrooms, meeting rooms, study spaces and computational classrooms. Food and student services, shower and changing and mother’s rooms round out this medical sub-campus.

To create a final program, HERA engaged key representatives from each of the 23 departments in the building in a series of rapid programming exercises to meet the demanding project schedule. Collaborative techniques were used to balance departmental needs with the overall budget and square footage limitations.


New Orleans, Louisiana


275,000 GSF


Programming, laboratory planning, design and equipment planning


Manning Architects+Mackey Mitchell Architects