Tulane University opened The Commons in August of 2019 in New Orleans. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi, the $55 million facility enhances campus connectivity by providing a dynamic gathering place for students, faculty, and staff. Located on Tulane's Central Quad, the three-story, 77,000-sf hub provides food service and dining amenities, study areas, two classrooms, conference and event spaces, a demonstration kitchen, a library with a dedicated reading room, and an outdoor courtyard. The project, which included both new construction and renovated space at the west end of the Lavin-Bernick Center, also houses the Newcomb College Institute on the third floor. Construction began on The Commons in February of 2018.