Designated as the initial landmark project on the new Water Campus master plan near downtown Baton Rouge, the Center for River Studies is unique research institute. Owned and operated by LSU, this 50,000 SF exploration and exhibition facility houses a 90’ x 100′ functional model of the Mississippi River. The model is a research tool capable of reproducing the qualitative effects coarse grain sediment transport at the lowermost reaches of the river delta. The model also aids in determining the optimum locations of sediment diversions.
The structure is complex by nature. An integrated motorized building crane is incorporated to lift, replace and adjust the large model panels. In addition, a hovering motorized pedestrian bridge spans the model to provide scientists with undisturbed access to the expansive river simulation beneath their feet.