Project: Prairieville Middle School
Location: Prairieville, Louisiana
Completed: February 13, 2015
Area: 73,000 sf
A major renovation and addition to an existing middle school campus. While the original gymnasium, band building and two small classroom buildings will remain, a new two story classroom building will be added. The 20,000 s.f. structure includes 34 classrooms, an administrative center and a library/media center. A 600 seat cafetorium and kitchen will be added that can seat 900 with auditorium seating. Adjacent to the existing gymnasium will be a new 800 seat gymnasium with additional toilet and locker space and a new concession stand.
Project: Alexandria Medical Office Building
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
Completed: January 2014
Area: 22,242 sf
A single story Medical Office Building with an exterior facade of brick veneer, aluminum/glass curtain wall and stucco that is accented by a large prominent covered drop-off with handicapped accessible covered parking to the side. From the main entrance an open Lobby runs the full length of the facility. It contains a towered clerestory on one side and raised ceilings to defining individual departments. Each individual department within the Primary Care side of the facility access the Lobby and each contains a systematic and purposeful workflow. In addition to the Primary Care there are three separate tenant spaces that have their own separate entrance and lobby and parking. The functional layout provides tenant spaces for a 13,645 sq.ft. Primary Care Facility, a 2,821 sq.ft. Wellness Center, a 2,699 sq.ft. Pain Management Center and 3,067 sq.ft. ENT Clinic. The building is Phase 1 of a overall 45,000 sq.ft. facility and this is reflected in the design of the plan, structure and site which allow for the connection of the Phase 2 building.
I was listening to another podcast from NPR that further elaborated on how the Dutch are taking water management in another direction. They are now building floating slabs with flexible utilities in flood plain areas as well as inside the protected levee areas (that will no longer be expanded). The government is also paying people with farm land to use their property as an overflow, which tends to work better than trying to contain the rivers, and being surprised when the levee breaks. The point being for New Orleans is that it is a lot cheaper to work in harmony with nature, then trying to control her. That way, Louisiana can pay for her own water management, instead of relying on the rest of the country and the government.