Case Study

Louisiana State University

Studio Arts Building

Salas O’Brien’s role in this project was part of a larger coordinated effort to renovate and modernize the Louisiana State University (LSU) Studio Arts Building—a structure formerly known as the Old Engineering Shops. One of the first structures built on the LSU campus in 1924, the Studio Arts Building has a rich history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our engineers worked with Holly & Smith Architects to provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for the renovation, at the same time carefully adhering to all standards and provisions specific to historic renovations.

A portion of the project focused on the evacuation of noxious fumes. This goal was complex to achieve, as the original engineering lab was open-air and posed multiple challenges to proper capture and air movement. Salas O’Brien’s engineers employed innovative solutions to overcome this challenge and others throughout the project, successfully achieving the client’s goals and creating a safe and appropriate renovated environment.


Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Construction Cost:
$12 Million

Project Size:
64,000 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering