New Orleans, LA

The construction for the Delgado Nursing and Allied Health Building has started

Jean-Baptiste Dickens

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - The construction for the Charity School of Nursing and the Division of Allied Health at Delgado Community College building in downtown New Orleans has begun and is expected to finish in the spring semester of 2023.

The new building is designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis and Manning Architects of New Orleans and will replace the old facilities and the previous Charity School of Nursing. Delgado Community College is Louisiana's oldest and largest community college and provides various education and training services at seven locations.

The $38.6-million project started in mid-July and the construction site will be surrounded by a fabric barrier attached to a chain-link fence to maintain the peaceful and active environment of the City Park neighborhood. Construction noise will also be monitored to keep it at a minimum and the existing oak trees along the street near the construction site will not be affected.

Ochsner Health and the State of Louisiana funded the project, and in March 2021, Ochsner Health gifted $10 million each for the establishment of the Ochsner Center for Nursing and Allied Health at the City Park Campus and the Ochsner Scholars program, which is the largest donation in Delgado Community College history.

The new building will feature modern classrooms and labs. It will be 120,000 square feet wide, which can hold up to 1,500 students, including nearly 900 nursing students.

Since the new building will also replace the parking lot at the corner of City Park Avenue and Orleans Avenue, the parking lot will be relocated to other areas on the City Park Campus and will be available for faculty, staff, students, and visitors during and after construction.

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