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Case Study: Tulane University

  • Tulane University with Essence
  • Tulane University with Essence
  • Tulane University with Essence
The combination of overhead and mobile fans provide an impressive level of comfort. Big Ass Fans' engineers and designers worked closely with our architects to ensure the fans were completely unobtrusive and fit seamlessly into the existing design. Mary Hoffman, Associate Athletic Director

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Tulane University needed an efficient air conditioning alternative to beat the New Orleans heat and humidity when constructing a LEED® certified football stadium. After 40 years of sharing the Superdome, the school planned to give Tulane’s fans a dedicated home field without sacrificing comfort. Although the university had previous green building experience, the on-campus stadium with a proposed capacity of 30,000 provided new challenges. To achieve LEED certification, the design needed sustainable materials, on-site water retention, and energy-efficient products and equipment.


On opening day of the newly constructed Yulman Stadium, Tulane’s fans, the Green Wave, were met with a different wave: air movement. Forty Essence® fans, measuring 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.1 m) in diameter, created airflow along the concourse and open-air terrace. A Tulane Fan Cooling Zone equipped with four upright 8-ft (2.4-m) Big Ass Fans cooled visitors in the entrance tunnel. Eight more fans on the field, outfitted with misters, cooled players without soaking the sidelines. The completed project is now a continuing education subject for the regional U.S. Green Building Council chapter.

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