Educational

St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Center for Design+Innovation

Metairie, Louisiana

 Architect:  Blitch Knevel Architects
Physical Location:  225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, LA 70003

St. Martin’s Center for Innovation + Design (CID) is a one story, 4,900 square foot space containing an idea lab, production studio, sound room, digital lab, and wood shop for students to maximize their creativity and innovation. The foundation is pile supported slab-on-grade with a combination of structural steel and cold-formed metal framing trusses. The roof structure includes both metal panel seamed roofing and built-up modified bitumen roofing. The exterior is a combination of brick veneer, stucco, and aluminum storefront.  The site also includes a new concrete plaza.

This facility provides the students with several spaces which foster the flow of creative thinking, development of their visual media, and fabrication of their inspired designs. Upon entering the space, one enters the Idea Lab where the writable walls create a platform for students to express their thoughts and ideas. The woodworking and building shop is equipped with various machines and tools, which fabricate the one-dimensional design into three dimensions. The production studio and recording area allow the audio and visual creations to come alive on the green screen.

 

St. Martin’s Episcopal School, George Cottage

Metairie, Louisiana

 Architect:  Blitch Knevel Architects
Physical Location:  225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, LA 70003

The George Cottage building is a 2,100 square foot addition that contains an outdoor play area, a teacher resource area, a multi-purpose room, and two new classrooms. The foundation is pile supported slab-on-grade with structural steel as the frame of the building. The roof consists of metal panel seamed roofing. The exterior includes a combination of brick veneer, stucco, and aluminum storefront, as well as an outdoor play area.

 

Academy of Our Lady: Art Building

Marrero, Louisiana

Architect:  Burgdahl & Graves Architects
Physical Location: 5501 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, LA  70072

The one-story, 5,800 square foot, pre-engineered metal building consists of choir, drama, and art classrooms.  The building’s exterior is constructed to match the surrounding buildings. This includes a brick façade, storefront windows and doors, and walkway canopies.

 

Sacred Heart Pavillion

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect: Waggonner & Ball Architects, APC
Physical Address: 4521 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

This building was being erected on a post tensioned concrete slab on grade that was poured during the construction of the new complex in 2011-2012. The new building consists of masonry wrapped columns, motorized basketball equipment, new sidewalk/paver access to the back building, as well as a fabric façade.

 

Trinity Episcopal School, Bishop Polk Hall

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects
Physical Location: 1315 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

This 5,408 square foot space received a premium upgrade, consisting of a new performance platform, custom windows and doors, wood paneling, acoustical wall and ceiling panels, terrazzo flooring, audio visual equipment, and decorative chandeliers. This space will serve multiple purposes, including lunch services and student performances.

 

UNO Privateers’ Stadium Dugout

New Orleans, Louisiana

Physical Location: Privateer Park-Baseball, New Orleans, LA 70122

The new stadium for the University of New Orleans Privateers baseball team, Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark, was in dire need of a renovation. University officials secured private funding for the project and today, the team plays in a brand new stadium wherealmost everything is new,from the bleachers to the dugouts.

The dugouts were a focus of the renovation since Ron Maestri, coach of the Privateers, knew exactly what he wanted. As head coach of the team for 14 years he had seen many a dugout and considers himself somewhat of an expert on baseball park facilities and materials.

“Based on my many years coaching baseball I know what works best and know what should and shouldn’t be done related to the stadium and field,” stated Maestri. “Number one is safety and number two is maintenance. How do you keep it clean on a daily basis? And for the dugout benches, durability is also important.”

The stadium benches today are constructed with AZEK Deck, a low-maintenance cellular PVC product that is primarily used for decking but also well-suited to the daily abuse of a dugout environment.

 

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect: Waggonner and Ball Architects
Physical Location: 8012 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s three story addition to Reuff Hall has been named Grace Hall. The building is located on Oak Street and is a beautiful addition to the Carrollton Avenue neighborhood. This building consists of a new multi-purpose room, science classroom, math classroom, and music room.

 

Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect:  Argus Architecture Engineering, LLC
Physical Location:  4861 Rosalia Drive, New Orleans, LA 70127

The construction of this 32,000 square foot, pre-engineered metal building was erected on the school’s 11 acre property. The building site is approximately 7 feet above ground in respect to FEMA Flood Zone requirements and sits on a 12 inch slab, which is supported by 24 inch cylindrical columns. The engineering of the building was designed to withstand wind loads of up to 130 mph.

The interior floor plan consists primarily of four elementary level classrooms, four early childhood classrooms, a gymnasium, a concession area, a production stage, backstage green rooms, and faculty offices. The flooring throughout the building consists of commercial homogenous tile, Granwood flooring, which is indestructible against fire and flood water, Quarry tile in the restrooms, and Ceramic tile in concession area.

Additional interior highlights include a quality sound system and theatrical lighting for assemblies, an insulated translucent fiberglass Kall wall system that provides the gymnasium with natural lighting, and operable windows in each classroom for natural air flow. All interior and exterior lighting is on a lighting control system, and the building’s air condition system is on a temperature control system.

 

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Arts and Athletics Facility

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect: Waggonner & Ball Architects, APC
Physical Address: 4521 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

The new Arts and Athletics Facility consists of a 22,695 square foot gymnasium building and a 15,060 square foot renovation to St. Joseph’s Hall. The new gym has three basketball courts, two volleyball courts, bleachers, offices for the coaches and athletic directors, upper and middle school locker rooms, as well as an area for concessions. Included in St. Joseph’s Hall is a weight room, training room, dance studio, and conference room on the first floor. The second floor is composed of an art room, a graphics room, a music room, a choral room, and an instrumental room. Furthermore, the new gymnasium and St. Joseph’s Hall are connected to each other by a “connecter” building, which includes a pre-engineered bridge crossing Carondelet Street linking the two buildings to the main campus.

 

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Mater Campus Renovation

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect: Waggonner & Ball Architects, APC
Physical Address: 4521 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

The Academy of Sacred Heart purchased the old First Baptist Church and School facility on St. Charles Avenue. They moved their entire lower school to this new campus.  The building contained over 80,000 square feet and every aspect of the facility was renovated into the new school complex.

 

St. Charles Borremeo

Destrehan, Louisiana

Architect: Campo Designs Architects
Physical Address: 13396 River Road, Destrehan, LA 70047

The exterior parking lot containing 60 parking spaces, bus drop-off canopy, and a walkway to the existing school building are the centerpieces of this new addition.  Arched walls teamed with a Spanish architectural plaster system accentuate the exterior structure. The bus drop-off canopy incorporates Spanish clay tiles to match the rest of the campus’ buildings, including copper gutters, downspouts, and scuppers. The added walkway allows students to move freely from the school building to the bus drop-off/ pick-up area during unfavorable weather conditions. The new addition to the school building contains 7 new classrooms, a teacher’s lounge, administrative area with principal’s office, and an elevator to the existing second floor classrooms.

 

Archbishop Chapelle, Art and Technology Building

Metairie, Louisiana

Architect: HMS Architects
Physical Address: 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003

This 20,000 square foot art and technology building features a spacious two-story lobby/gallery area, multi-colored stained concrete floors throughout the lobby, classrooms, hallways, and concrete stair treads on both floors.  A precast concrete bench is also a stained concrete feature in the lobby.  The modern curved metal stairway leading to the second floor is a combination of structural and stainless steel. The large music rehearsal room, which is adjacent to the music library, is separated from the rest of the building by an acoustical soundproofing system.  The second floor structure is constructed of hollow core precast panels. In addition to the music rooms, there are several art studios and six classrooms. A layer of fiberglass insulation with isolation pads tops these precast panels.  The system is then covered with two layers of plywood and insulating concrete fill.  The entire envelope around the music rooms is sealed with an acoustic caulking product that fills any voids between dissimilar materials and completes the system.

 

Visitation of Our Lady

Marrero, Louisiana

Architect: Argus Architecture Engineering, LLC
Physical Address: 3520 Ames Blvd, Marrero, LA 70454

This 32,122 square foot facility includes a gymnasium with six retractable basketball goals and sleeves for volleyball courts. Included in the gym are two brand new remote controlled scoreboards and a stage complete with curtains, as well as, sound and lighting technology for theater and sporting productions. Pre-Kindergarten 3 and Pre-Kindergarten 4 are housed on the first floor along with meeting rooms, storage rooms, and a commercial kitchen. The second floor of “The Deuce” has a CYO room and six brand new classrooms for 3rd and 4th graders. In addition to the original design, a natural gas generator was included to power the entire east wing of the building in order to house members of the clergy in times of need.

 

St. Andrew the Apostle

New Orleans, Louisiana

Architect: Waggonner & Ball Architects, APC
Physical Address: 3131 Eton Street, New Orleans, LA 70131

This 16,000 square foot multipurpose building addition provided St. Andrew the Apostle School with a new gymnasium area, stage area, concession, dressing rooms, athletic offices, and a multipurpose room. This building was connected to an existing classroom/administration building. A complete new HVAC system was also provided for other existing classroom buildings on the campus.

 

St. Michael’s Special School

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Architect: Barry Fox Associates Architects, Ltd.
Physical Location: 1522 Chippewa Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The New Vocational and Training Center at St. Michael’s is an 11,000 square foot building with brick and split-faced block veneer exterior. The building houses classrooms that have been set up to teach fundamental life skills to the older students. Some of the functional skills include sewing, making a bed, cleaning, and keeping an orderly home.

 

St. Rose Elementary School

St. Rose, LouisianaSt Rose

Architect: Hewitt Washington & Associates
Physical Address: 11082 River Road, St. Rose, LA 70087

This project is constructed on an existing school campus and consists of a three story, 33,000 square foot new classroom building.  The structural design includes deep pile foundations, concrete slab on grade, and a structural steel frame.  All exterior finish is a multiple banded pattern jumbo brick, and interior/exterior walls are concrete block.  This masonry design allowed the project interior buildout to be completed ahead of schedule.   The project also includes large scale civil work including 70,000 square foot of paving, site drainage, and landscaping.

 Tulane University, Stanley Thomas Hall Renovation

New Orleans, Louisiana

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 Architect: Waldemar S. Nelson & Co.
Physical Address: 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118

This three-story, 34,000 square foot historic structure located on the campus of Tulane University was constructed in 1905 for the School of Engineering.  Originally the building had a flat roof; however, a sloped steel roof frame was added and a fourth floor was created in 1927.  The restoration of this facility was prompted by the merger of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments making the renovations comprehensive and technical.

This extensive four-story renovation successfully merged the historic elements of the building with the technological demands of modern times. The first floor has two electronic classrooms and sub-floor electrical ducts for the distribution of power and telemetry data to the desktop computers.  Overhead monitors and viewing screens were also added.The robotics and power laboratories will remain on this floor. A new student lounge and concession area are additional features on the first floor.

The second floor serves as the main administrative/reception area for the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science programs.   A conference room, chairman’s office, file room, faculty offices, workroom, and staff lounge are housed on this floor. Computer and electronic laboratories are located on the third floor with the fourth floor reserved for research labs.

 

St. Rita of Cascia, Multipurpose Building

Harahan, Louisiana

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Architect: Waggonner & Ball Architects, APC
Physical Address: 194 Ravan Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

This new building addition to St. Rita’s School campus added a library, administration offices, classrooms, and a large multipurpose room on the 2nd floor. The exterior stucco façade was unlike the school’s other buildings and added a modern touch to the campus.