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L.B. Landry High School

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Louisiana Recovery School District


  • General Contractor: Satterfield and Pontikes Construction
  • Civil Engineer: Schrenk and Peterson Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Schrenk and Peterson Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Moses Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer: Moses Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: Daly Sublette
  • Gracenote Consulting
  • Futch Design Associates
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Eustis Engineering Co.
  • CSRS/Jacobs Engineering
  • Timothy Hursley

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236,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

Category: Grow
Honorable Mention

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, five damaged New Orleans schools were fast-tracked for reconstruction. Local firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple designed one of these “quick start” projects, L.B. Landry High School, to withstand both the Gulf Coast’s frequent hurricanes and everyday humidity. With a high-reflectance roof, insulated metal-panel cladding, and a glass curtainwall, the 236,000-square-foot building targets energy performance 32 percent below baseline. Three wings of the building wrap around a central courtyard, which admits daylight and captures runoff. Even with a tight time frame—six months for design, 20 months for construction—and the relative lack of energy-efficient construction expertise in the area, the architects anticipate LEED Silver certification. The school itself serves as a classroom, juror Ted Landsmark said: “I think some of the young people attending this school will consider a career in architecture because they’ve experienced this kind of good design.”
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