Thursday, March 31, 2011

L.B. Landry High School : By Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
This new high school for the Louisiana Department of Education Recovery School District was part of a post-Katrina “quick start” construction program to accelerate the replacement of five damaged schools within an extremely aggressive timeline (6 months for design and 20 months for construction) while a new comprehensive masterplan for the New Orleans school system was underway.
Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley

Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
L.B. Landry High School occupies an important place in the city’s history – part of the reason for its accelerated rebuilding. The school was founded in 1938 as the first public high school on the west bank of the city that African-American residents could attend and only the second black high school established in Orleans Parish.
Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley

Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
The 236,000 square foot building serves a student population of over 900 students and contains a 1000-seat competition gymnasium, a 250-seat auxiliary gym and a 650-seat auditorium. Additional performing arts spaces include classroom and rehearsal spaces for dance, choir, band and art as well as a black box theatre.
Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley

Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
The design establishes academic ‘houses’ for each grade level provided within two classroom wings. The organization of these wings creates a central courtyard for outdoor gatherings space focused around a mature magnolia tree that existed on the site of the previous school. The program also includes a media center/library as well as a health clinic, both of which are designed to provide after hours access to the general public for use as a community resource.
Photo © Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
The building incorporates numerous sustainable design strategies, with a LEED for Schools Silver certification anticipated. Many of these, including a stormwater management system and photovoltaic energy harvesting system, were designed as highly visible, didactic elements of the project for use as teaching tools for faculty and students.
ground floor plan--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

second floor plan--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

third floor plan--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

west elevation--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

north elevation--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

section 01--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

section 02--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

system diagram--drawing Courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
The people
Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Contractor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Group, LLC
Architect of Record: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Associate Architect for Programming: SHW Group
Structural/Civil Engineers: Schrenk & Peterson Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineers: Eustis Engineering Company
MEP Engineers: Moses Engineers
Landscape Architects: Daly Sublette Landscape Architects, Inc.
Food Service Consultant: Futch Design Associates
Acoustical/Audio-Visual: Gracenote Consulting
Estimator: Pro-Serv Estimating
Client: Louisiana Recovery School District
Project Area: 236,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Timothy Hursley
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