Current Tenants of University Research Park include:
National Wetlands Research Center (owned and operated by U.S. Geological Survey)
The mission of the National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) is to provide national leadership in biological research and development related to protecting, restoring, and managing natural resources, with an emphasis on fish, wildlife, and wetlands in the South. Currently the NWRC focuses on wetland, forest, and animal ecology; spatial analysis; and information and technology transfer. This facility opened in 1992.
Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center (owned by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
The facility opened in 1998. Major tenants are:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce
- National Marine Fisheries Service
- National Ocean Service
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Geological Survey
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Part of the U.S. Department of the Interior
- Ecological Services
- Law Enforcement
- Office of Migratory Birds
- Ducks Unlimited
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Abdalla Hall (Owned by UL Lafayette)
Major tenants are:
- Center for Business and Information Technologies (CBIT)
- Center for Visual & Decision Informatics (CVDI)
- Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Region IV
- National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technology (NIMSAT) Institute
- Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (Lafayette Field Office)
- Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
- Regional Application Center (RAC)
- University Emergency Operation Center (EOC)
Lafayette Economic Development Authority Office Complex
Created by the state legislature and funded by a parish property tax, LEDA exists to facilitate economic growth in Lafayette Parish. LEDA is governed by a board of 12 commissioners appointed by various governmental and educational entities that work together with the full-time staff to provide answers, information, and assistance to businesses.
LEDA's mission is to provide assistance to local companies in their growth, market development and workforce development efforts; to recruit additional companies considering locating in this area; and to assist in the development of new companies in order to diversify the economy within Lafayette Parish.
Lafayette Primary Care Center
This facility is a cooperative effort among Lafayette General Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, LSU Medical Center, University Hospital & Clinics, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Construction of the facility, which is owned by the University, was paid for by Lafayette General Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. The facility is operated by Lafayette General Medical Center. Its purpose is for training medical residents in family practice.
University Research Park Hotel
The 155-room Hilton Garden Inn opened in January 2006. The hotel includes both classroom and faculty office accommodations and operates in collaboration with the UL Lafayette Hospitality Management Program.
Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE)
Located in the Research Park of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the $27 million, 70,000 square foot LITE complex is one of the most comprehensive and tightly integrated data visualization and supercomputing installations in the world. The unique collaboration between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) makes LITE a one-of-a-kind facility that connects the most creative and dynamic academic minds with the most innovative and forward-looking industry visionaries. The LITE Center hosts commercial businesses and researchers who require large-scale collaborative environments for research, application development, testing and validation, product development, commercial production, and high performance computer modeling powered by the fastest most comprehensive supercomputing and 3D immersive visualization systems and massive data storage capabilities available today. LITE is a hub for advanced research activities and high-performance computing connected to the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) infrastructure.
Center for Child Development (future tenant, currently housed on the main campus)
Advances the impact of scientific knowledge upon public policy in the area of child development including psycho-social and biological risk factors for developmental disabilities and secondary conditions. The Center fosters system development for Louisiana and the Southeastern United States, provides scientifically sound research and evaluation information through education, training and outreach activities, and makes public policy recommendations based on research and outcome data.
Child & Family Studies Early Childhood Laboratory School
The UL Lafayette Child & Family Studies Early Childhood Laboratory (formerly known as the Nursery School Laboratory) has been in operation since 1938. The laboratory school's primary mission is to provide UL Lafayette students and faculty in any discipline with an opportunity to observe and study the development of young children from 3 to 5 years of age. It also serves as a practicum site for Child & Family Study Senior level students enrolled in the CAFS capstone class. UL Lafayette students and faculty have the opportunity to interact with young children in a developmentally appropriate model setting. It is a human relationships study and research center for fostering understanding of how children grow and relate to peers and adults. Current research initiatives include a joint Garden Project between Child & Family Studies, Dietetics, and Renewable Resources; and designing and implementing a Nature Explore Certified outdoor play environment to enhance children's contact with the natural world, a joint project between Child & Family Studies and Renewable Resources.