Use: Municipal – Detention – Education
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 22,000 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design
The $14.8 million, 22,000 SF Youth Study Center expansion will add 28 beds to the existing facility, and will be able to expand up to 60 total beds via a pre-engineered second floor addition.

The expansion includes a reception area, secure visitation rooms, classrooms, expanded dining services, medical services and associated support facilities. The classrooms are designed to be flexible for traditional classes, or set up for specialty art or science classes. Each classroom is also outfitted with an individual learning area for students who need one-on-one instruction or study space.

The 14,000 SF outdoor secure courtyard has multiple functions, such as a recreation yard with its half court basketball court, open green space and walking track. It also serves as an area of refuge and have covered circulation areas and seating areas.

Storm water management on this project is accomplished through the utilization of interior roof drains connected to subsurface drains tied to both existing and new retention ponds. A new pervious pavement service/access road further enables the project to meet or exceed storm water management expectations. Existing plantings and trees will be relocated across Imperial Drive with new trees and plantings to be added. The end result will be a tree lined street and shaded pedestrian sidewalk in keeping with New Orleans traditions.

New plantings will also be installed in bioswales and retention ponds. These will act to enhance the landscape visually while also acting as natural filters and mitigate water flow across the site.