Manning Architects led a team in the design of the 4,800-seat multi-purpose venue on Xavier University’s West Campus. The convocation center hosts a variety of events including basketball and volleyball competitions, speaking engagements, musical performances, and convocation ceremonies. The new building replaced the original historic gymnasium which was damaged during Hurricane Katrina; Manning assisted Xavier to coordinate with FEMA to secure funding for the new center. Manning provided full furniture, fixtures and equipment design services, as well as score board and audio-visual equipment.
In addition to the convocation center, Manning designed a nearby annex building to serve as a center for the university’s athletic department and also provide additional classrooms to extend academic functions to the West Campus. Both the convocation center and the annex have achieved LEED Silver certification. Manning’s design of these coordinating facilities helped create an anchor and strong visual identity for Xavier’s growing West Campus, while maintaining the existing recognizable character of the Xavier campus.
Both the convocation center and the annex have achieved LEED Silver certification.
Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
Complete architectural and interior design services through construction administration