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Paul L. Dunbar School

New Orleans


Building Area:


96,000 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.   Its L-shaped plan allowed for the preservation of 3 Live Oak trees and provide ample protected play areas.  One Oak serves as shade for an outdoor classroom. The school is named for the early 20th century, african-american poet, Paul L. Dunbar, a friend of the Wright brothers.  His words are memorialized in the atrium and his image can be found in the Media Center, all providing inspiration to the students.

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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