Gentilly High School|
VergesRome Architects, APAC
320 North Carrollton Avenue, #100, New Orleans, LA 70119
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: Aug 2008 to Dec
Total Square Feet: 174,128 Site: 4.11 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. High School, 24 standard classrooms, 4
science labs, 6 fine art, 1 gymnasium. Seating capacity of 24 seats in
LEED® Silver Pending
Building Size: First floor, 47,294; second floor, 76,552; each
additional floor, 50,282; total, 174,128 feet.
Building Height: Garage, 22’; crawlspace, 4’; first floor, 18’;
second floor, 15’; each additional floor, 18’; total, 63’6” at highest
point in gym.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, post tension slab
– second floor. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal stud with brick
veneer, metal panels, curtainwall. Roof: Built-up, metal.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/Yr: 7,520,000 KBTU/169,698
square feet = $44.31 (S.F. not including wall thicknesses).
Educational Planner: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc. - 9025 North
River Road, #200, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Structural Engineer: Morphy Makofsky, Inc. - 336 North Jefferson
Davis Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70119
Mechanical Engineer: Ritter Consulting Engineers Ltd. - 3009 20th
Street, #D, Metairie, LA 70002
Electrical Engineer: Drake Engineering, LLC - 2783 Lapalco
Boulevard, Harvey, LA 70058
Nearly five years after one of the nation's worst natural disasters and
the devastating flooding that followed, the Recovery School District of
New Orleans' newly completed Greater Gentilly High School at Lake Area
School stands as a symbol of the community's tenacity, resilience, and
vision for future generations. The new 174,000-square-foot building,
which can accommodate up to 800 students, was designed on a demanding
fast-track basis and opened to teachers and students in January 2010.
VergesRome Architects and Fanning Howey teamed up to design the new
building, which is the first high-tech high school for the Recovery
School District of New Orleans, with an academic focus on commercial
arts, computer science, entertainment production, and education. A
flexible floor plan with retractable walls and highly functional
classrooms and laboratories will easily accommodate changes in the
curriculum and instructional approaches. A state-of-the-art technology
program, supported by Apple Computer and following the model of the
Napa, California-based New-Tech Foundation, will support the school's
innovative programs. There are over 1,000 data drops in the facility and
every student desk is equipped with a computer.
Employing a streamlined "Quick Start" approach, through which the
decision-making, procurement, and review processes were thoroughly
expedited, the building was designed and built in just over two years.
The Quick Start initiative was introduced by the state-sponsored
Louisiana Recovery School District to help jump-start school
construction in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and in advance
of the release of the city's School Facilities Master Plan. A three-day
charrette involving several community groups helped launch the design
effort for the new high school.
A difficult site also posed challenges to the design team. The 4.1-acre
property had once housed a middle school structure that had been
immersed in more than eight feet of water following Hurricane Katrina.
The building was razed in order to accommodate the new high school, but
several restrictions impeded use of the entire site, including the need
to preserve several majestic live oaks on the property. The protection
of these botanically and culturally significant specimens, along with
the need to meet setback requirements, led the design team to devise a
creative strategy for a disaster-resistant, multi-level structure on
only 2.5 acres of property.
The three-level brick building features a wind- and water-resistant
design and reflects meticulous mitigation analysis and planning to
prepare for future storms and other potential disaster events. Most of
the academic spaces and resources are housed on the two upper levels,
with the ground level partially reserved for parking. The building has
moisture-resistant finishes, wind-resistant galvanized steel roofing,
and hurricane impact-resistant window systems. The high school is
designed to LEED®-Silver certification standards, with a goal of
reducing energy consumption by at least 30 percent. Two former outdoor
swimming pools serve as rainwater cisterns, providing water for site
irrigation and to supply the wet cooling tower.
Metal Panels: Architectural Building Components - Wave Panel
16-inch, 22 gauge Kynar® coated Steel, Color Granite installed in both
Vertical and Horizontal Applications.
Interior: Dietrich Framing, National Gypsum, Georgia Pacific,
Armstrong, Chicago Metallic.
Roofing: Built-Up: Siplast; Metal: Architectural Building
Components - 238T Symmetrical Structural Standing Seam Panel System in
22 gauge Kynar® coated Steel, Color Granite. 16-inch panel width with
Flooring: Johnsonite, Armstrong, Shaw.
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless.
Curtainwall, Window, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer