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Lawrence D. Crocker School

New Orleans


Building Area:


95,000 gsf


Constructed as a part of the reconstruction of Orleans Parish schools post Hurricane Katrina, and designed in accordance with LA Recovery School District standards, serves a 450 student Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade student population. Situated in an Uptown New Orleans neighborhood, the school was designed to embody 21st century educational concepts while scaled to coexist within a 19th century architectural residential context.  This was resolved through a multi-level design partee combining two- and three-story massing.  The three-story secton is visually shortened through the use of masonry on the first and second levels topped by a pre-cast cornice.  The U-shaped planning concept exposes an open courtyard to a Live Oak lined Marengo Street.  The school bus drop-off is located on a side street where no residences face the school, thus limiting the impact of the bus activity.  Parent drop-off is through an off-street, covered drive-through.  The large volume of the Gymansium is situated such that it is set back from lower levels minimizing its visual impact.

It is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification through LEED for Schools 2007 criteria.  It complies with stringent energy standards, achieving an efficiency 31.5% better than ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007. 

Designed by Mark I. Baum, Architect, AIA as Principal and Senior Project Manager with another firm.

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