Gentilly Terrace Elem School

Project Description

Client:   Recovery School District/Orleans Parish School Board
Location:   2601 Gentilly Blvd. – New Orleans, LA 70122
Building Area: 90,000 square feet
Year Completed:   2007
Value: $4,169,000
Architect:  Chris Barker, Meridian Consultants & Ron Leone, Orleans Parish School Board Architect

This project consisted of the demolition, gutting and reconstruction of the entire first floor of the school which was completely flooded by Hurricane Katrina as well as miscellaneous repairs to the 2nd and 3rd floor of the historic building.

The Challenges

The work included interior demolition of all interior partitions, plumbing, electrical and hazardous materials down to the original 1894 construction and 1914 addition. Besides repairs to all interior and exterior finishes, including a new kitchen and cafeteria, CMI repaired/restored all interior window stools, sills aprons, and frames to match existing historical Beaux Arts elements. CMI repaired all existing doors, frames, baseboards, cabinetry, as well as balustrades and millwork on all stairs to maintain the historic fabric of the building. New impact resistant windows were installed throughout the facility in existing wood openings in accordance with the guidelines of the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office and FEMA requirements. Construction Masters, Inc. was proud to put this school back in use in time for the 2007 school year which was among the first flooded public schools to be reoccupied after hurricane Katrina.