Project Description

Client:   Orleans Parish School Board
Location:   2405 Jackson Avenue – New Orleans, LA 70122
Building Area: 110,000 square feet
Year Completed:   2010
Value: $13,470,000
Architect:   John Williams Architects, LLC

Designed as an all-encompassing community campus, Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Development Center features a public library, a children’s learning center, an adult education center, a gymnasium, doctor’s offices with adjacent healthcare center, a laundry facility, a cafeteria as well as dozens of elementary school classrooms for use by the community.

The Challenges

The work also included complete interior and exterior renovations and improvements to the existing facility which encompassed an entire city block. New elevator towers connect all portions of the facility by use of a covered exterior gallery.   New patterned terrazzo floors and glazed block throughout the facility give the classrooms a rich colorful vibe. Playground structures complete with safety surfacing and drinking fountains enhance the exterior play areas in the shade of stately oak trees which were carefully protected during construction. Other exterior features included landscaping, an exterior basketball court, parking and bus drop off areas as well as a quiet fountain area for contemplation and quiet reflection. New impact resistant windows were installed throughout the facility 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 2010 school year. The campus is a true asset to the community and a great environment for learning for neighbors of all ages.